( 4.6 Average / 25 Ratings )
This GPU, along with being damn near silent, can run everything maxed out... without breaking a sweat. Many times have I been impressed simply by running a game and seeing the FPS-Counter hit the three hundred mark. Given these titles may not be Triple A, but, it still amazes me.
Very impressed! A few hours of over-clocking yielded 1475 clock speed w/ 7700 memory speed, boosted ~10-15 FPS over stock clocks.
Temperatures are good on air in a well ventilated case. It runs silent w/ no fans most of the time and even at 74 degrees (the hottest it got during stress testing) the 60% on the fans was a very manageable noise level.
No card droop at all, nice aesthetic, running everything I've encountered so far @ 1080p 60+ FPS, many games even hitting 120+ FPS. The only qualm that I have is when playing some legacy games (Morrowind for example) where I push 250+ FPS in some areas, you start to notice coil whine. It's bearable for sure, and capping the FPS at 120 fixes this completely but when bench-marking in 3D-Mark Icestorm (I know that's not meant for desktop GPUs) and pushing 1000+ FPS the coil whine sounds like a jet engine.
So unless you plan on running games at 1000+ FPS silently, this is a perfect card.
An absolute beast of a card, with enough features and caveats to make any owner satisfied. Wonderfully balanced temperatures and power draw; the 980 STRIX performs higher than the GTX 980 reference card out of the box, with pretty significantly lower load temps as well. The idle temps of the card are higher, but that's attributed to the fact that the fans on the card don't even spin until they reach the mid-60° C range. They have trouble getting any higher than that, and this card runs remarkably cool and quietly until you start throwing some serious riddles at it.
Even as I took advantage of Nvidia's DSR feature on the 900 series, I was able to run most games at a higher, downscaled resolution, with little to no increase in temperatures. Most astonishingly of all, lower-demanding games such as League of Legends don't even get the card's fans to spin, even AT a higher internal resolution than what my monitor is at. Though 1920x1080 60Hz is a standard that is unquestioningly easily met, to not even ask the fans to spin is remarkable on its own.
My only gripe? I wasn't patient enough to wait for Asus to release this card's Ti brother. As of writing, the 980 Strix is beaten in overall value by the GTX 980 Ti, and even still the GTX 970. Though the 980 Ti is still very fresh, the 970 will still struggle to maintain its light 4k, even 1440p gaming standards to the 980. Even so, this card is remarkably powerful and will last its users for a long time. My personal preference with this card remains on the fact that Asus' Direct CU II has given me significant power without burning a hole through my case.
I love this card. Before I had the custom loop, this thing was sexy and quiet. The zero DB feature is great for anyone looking to make a quiet build. And the fan profiles ramp up so they arnt always 100%. This 980 does the job for almost every game you throw at it, with high settings. As long as you arnt shooting for 4K, you can run everything on max settings. I was getting 70FPS for GTAV maxed. Res was at 1920 x 1200. Oh yeah, throw in the reliability of Asus and one of the best price ranges for cards in this class. Its a no brainer.
Beast of a card and since the drop in price (I got mine for £350) seems like decent value for money....sort of :P
Stays nice and cool under load, never have to run the fans above 40%. Demolishes games @ 1080p and runs some at 4K using DSR. Can't say much more as I haven't tested it with other resolutions.
Only downside is the two white LED's near the power plugs stay on when the PC is powered down, you have to flip the switch on the PSU to get them to turn off.
I've raved about this graphics card a few times so this time I think it's best to talk about the shortcomings :P The card is massive, fat and long with a heavy blackplate and chrome pipes along the side. It uses 1x8pin and 1x6pin for power and I wish it used 2x8pin if only for cleaner looks. When I use this GPU I bring in my power cables from the top to give a little added support to the card and keep things flat.
very nice card. No coil whine yet... like i've heard. plus in my Silent base 600 its real quiet anyway.
Couple of workhorses but running them is SLI probably was a bad idea. They are loud. We're talking leaf blower on a windy day. If I ever build another SLI system I'll use blower cards or liquid cool.