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ASUS STRIX GTX 970 pictured; DirectCU II cooler and DIGI+ VRM

3 days to go for the launch of NVIDIA’s latest flagship GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 graphics cards. Videocardz has been on fire with the leaks and yet again they have come up with a picture of ASUS STRIX GTX 970. ASUS STRIX GPUs are part of the ROG line up with a state of the art cooler and DIGI+ VRM design. Visually, STRIX GTX 970 is similar to STRIX GTX 780 and R9 280X. The main difference is the reduction of heat pipes in STRIX GTX 970 because of the low thermal requirements. The GPU comes with 0dB fan technology which produce absolutely noise at idle state and only power up once the GPU exceeds 65 C temperature. ASUS STRIX GTX 970 will launch along side GTX 980 on September 19th, 2014.

ASUS STRIX GTX 970 _1

ASUS STRIX GTX 970 Specifications

GeForce GTX 970GeForce GTX 780 GeForce GTX 770
GPUGM204GK110GF114
Process28 nm28 nm28 nm
CUDA Cores166423041536
TMUs138192128
ROPs324832
Memory Size4 GB GDDR53 GB GDDR52/4 GB GDDR5
Core ClockN/A863 MHz1046 MHz
Boost ClockN/A900 MHz1085 MHz
Memory ClockN/A6000 MHz7000 MHz
Memory Interface256-bit384-bit256-bit
Memory Bandwidth224.5 GB/s288.6 GB/s224.5 GB/s
TDP<150 W250 W220 W
Power Connectors2 x 6-pin8+6-pin8+6-pin
DirectX Support121212
Price$399$499$349

We cannot confirm the GPU and memory clock speeds of STRIX GTX 970 but since the box in the image states “OC Edition” so you can expect it to be clocked higher than the reference design. The reference GTX 970 comes with a 1051 MHz core clock with GPU Boost up to 11 78 MHz. STRIX GTX 970 features 4 GB GDDR5 memory spread across a 256-bit interface. It is built with top-notch components and uses ASUS’s trademark DIGI+ VRM design. You can expect plenty of oveclocking headroom thanks to the DirectCU II cooler and very efficient Maxwell GM204 GPU.

The only worrisome thing is that the 0dB fan technology does not turn on the fans till the GPU reaches 65 C. While under load, the GPU will reach 65 C within seconds with out any air flow which might have a big impact on its lifespan. Even when the STRIX GTX 970 reaches 65 C, the fans will slowly come to life at 500 RPM and find the optimized RPM keeping the temperature and noise level in to consideration.

The reference GeForce GTX 970 will cost around $399 so we assume that ASUS STRIX GTX 970 will be priced between $400 – $450.

Source: Videocardz 

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