We've already made an announcement of ASUS adding to their Strix line of performance cards, but we couldn't resist using the headline again. This time, ASUS is adding a version of the tried and tested NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti to that same Strix video card line.
As we've already established, the Strix line is a bit of special sauce. This of course means that this isn't any run of the mill GTX 980 Ti unit. The Strix GTX 980 Ti is clocked at 1291MHz in OC mode and 1317MHz in Boost mode. ASUS claims this will provide 24% faster gaming performance in The Witcher 3. Other features of note is the huge chunk of GDDR5 that ASUS has soldered on-board. Strix GTX 980 Ti rings in at a hefty 6GB of RAM.
Keeping this GPU cool is a DirectCU III cooling setup, the same as what's seen on the top end AMD card. The card also features a Strix LED light setup that'll add pulsating atmospheric lighting to your PC interior. The cooling will be most helpful, as this card can still be pushed even further using the included ASUS GPU Tweak II to overclock it. This extra performance can be put to its most efficient use with the Gaming Booster function, which "maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically."
These cards should be available now from your favourite PC parts retailer. You can check out the press release below for more info.
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ASUS Announces the Strix GTX 980 Ti
Fremont, CA (7th July, 2015) - ASUS today announced the Strix GTX 980 Ti , a super-cool new graphics card with pumped gaming performance, perfected manufacturing, and strong fortification for extreme reliability and longevity.
Powered by the latest GeForce® GTX™ 980 Ti graphics-processing units (GPUs), the Strix GTX 980 Ti features GPU boost clock speeds of up to 1291MHz in gaming mode and 1317MHz in OC mode, delivering up to 24% faster gaming performance than reference cards in The Witcher® 3. It is packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including DirectCU III with a patented triple wing-blade 0dB fan designed to deliver maximum airflow for cooler and quieter performance.
Cool, silent gameplay: DirectCU III with triple wing-blade 0dB fan design
Equipped with ASUS-exclusive DirectCU III cooling technology, the Strix GTX 980 Ti heatsink features two exclusive 10mm direct-GPU-contact heat pipes — outperforming reference designs for gaming performance that’s up to 30% cooler. It has three fans engineered with a patented, new wing-blade design that delivers maximum airflow and static pressure over the heat sink — giving a 105% improvement over fans without wing-blades. This exclusive triple wing-blade design operates at noise levels three times (3X) quieter than reference cards, making DirectCU III the coolest and quietest graphics card-cooling solution available to date. The Strix GTX 980 Ti also features 0dB fan technology, which stops fan rotation completely during lighter gaming sessions — eliminating noise for undisturbed gameplay.
The numerous benefits of ASUS Auto-Extreme technology
ASUS-exclusive Auto-Extreme technology is also utilized on the Strix GTX 980 Ti, the industry’s first 100%-automated manufacturing process that removes human fallibility from the production line – providing a new level of consistency, for improved reliability and guaranteed performance.
Improved overclocking and stability: This new manufacturing process allows us to eliminate through-hole components from manufacturing - freeing up space to utilize POSCAP decoupling capacitors, for extended lifespan and improved stability.
Painless installation: The absence of through-hole components also makes installation painless for the consumer, as there are no sharp protrusions at the rear of the card.
No dust build up: Auto-Extreme technology, negates the need for flux and harsh cleaning chemicals during manufacturing, so there is no sticky flux residue on the graphics card - this helps prevent dust buildup and oxidization on the PCB when the cards is installed in a PC case.
Environmentally friendly: Auto-Extreme technology is also environmentally friendly, reducing manufacturing power consumption by up to 50%.
Super Alloy Power II components
The Strix GTX 980 Ti features Super Alloy Power II components that enhance efficiency, reduce power losses, decrease buzzing noise under load, and provide lower temperatures for unsurpassed reliability. The card features a 12+2-phase power design, for improved regulation and lower power noise compared to reference cards built with 8+2-phase power designs.
Complementing its amazing reliability, the Strix GTX 980 Ti is built to be incredibly tough. It comes with a GPU-fortifier and strengthened backplate that provides GPU protection and also prevents the PCB bending over time.
Tweakable and intuitive: GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster
Redesigned with an intuitive, all-new user interface, GPU Tweak II makes gaming and overclocking easier and more visual than ever, while still retaining advanced options for seasoned overclockers. With one click, the new Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically. An included 1-year XSplit Gamecaster premium license — a $99 value — lets gamers easily stream or record gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay.
The final must-have flourish for Strix GTX 980 Ti is the Strix LED that lends a style statement to any system, with pulsating light effects.
Availability & Pricing
ASUS Strix GTX 980 Ti will be available soon at ASUS authorized resellers with an MSRP of $679.99.
- 1216MHz base clock in OC mode
- 1317MHz boost clock in OC mode
- DirectCU III with Triple Wing-Blade 0dB Fan design
- Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II
- GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster
- 6GB GDDR5 memory
* Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at http://www.asus.com
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning, motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 12,500 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 3,800 engineers. Company revenue for 2012 was approximately US$14 billion.