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Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Review

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Following our coverage and benchmarks of the Zotac GeForce GTX 1070 Ti AMP! Extreme, let’s take a look at another 1070 Ti GPU in this class from Asus. Uptodown APK It’s the company’s ROG Strix model (See it on Newegg), making it a very close cousin to the company’s GTX 1080 Ti.

It is exactly the same size, has the same features, and is identical aside from the GPU nestled inside. It’s the top dog, in other words, and at $499 MSRP it’s $50 more expensive than the base 1070 Ti models, so that’s the price you pay for the huge cooling apparatus, LEDs, and Asus’ premium components. Download Mod Games This is also the same price as the Zotac AMP! Extreme model we reviewed, so this price point seems to be the high-end of the GTX 1070 Ti market at this time. Let’s take her for a spin, shall we?

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Design and Features

If you’ve seen a high-end Asus GPU in the last year or so this GPU will no doubt look familiar. Companies develop a set of technologies then add or subtract them from their cards based on pricing and positioning, and as a ROG Strix card this GPU has all of the bells and whistles Asus has at its disposal. Ludo star hack It’s designed to run quiet even under load thanks to a massive cooler and its MaxContact heat spreader, and it’ll look good while doing so with RGB lighting. Before we get too far into the weeds though, let’s take a look at the spec chart.

It seems like Nvidia is locking down the Base Clock numbers on all of the GTX 1070 Ti cards, but allowing its partners to override Boost Clock limits via software, which is what Asus has done with its GPU Tweak software. It includes one-click overclocking that lets you bump the Boost Clock up to 1,759MHz. As I’ve said before though, this is totally irrelevant since GPU Boost will go far beyond that with zero clicks, so I wouldn’t worry too much about spec charts.

The star of the show is its huge size, as it could be easily be mistaken for a GTX 1080 Ti. It’s a tad bit smaller than the massive 2.5 slot Zotac at 11.7″ long, and it only takes up two PCIe slots. It also only requires a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, whereas the Zotac requires two 8-pin connectors. The only other difference between this GPU and the Zotac we just reviewed (aside from the clock speeds) is that this GPU has two HDMI ports instead of one, but it is otherwise identical in terms of specs.

As I mentioned above this GPU has RGB lighting and you also get two fan headers on the edge of the PCB. If you plug in some case fans their speeds will sync up, thereby increasing cooling efficiency of your whole rig. This is a feature that is unique to Asus cards, and a pretty cool one at that. The RGB lighting makes your entire case glow and is not subtle at all, which I enjoyed.

These two fan headers on the PCB let you connect case fans to sync fan speed with the GPU.

Software

You have to use two pieces of software to get the most out of the ROG Strix – GPU Tweak for monitoring and overclocking, and Aura for the LED effects. It’s a minor pain that they aren’t combined, but it’s not a major drawback. The Aura LED app is very straightforward and presents you with basic options to control the lighting. It’s super easy to use and I like that you can also choose to have it change the LED color inline with the temp of the GPU.

GPU Tweak II is the other app you use for overclocking and monitoring vitals, and though it’s not my favorite, it works just fine. This is where the one-click overclocking takes place, and I suspect most people will just click OC Mode and never touch it again. The GPU is silent even under mode, but the GPU is so quiet even under load in OC mode it’s a bit silly. You can monitor your GPU’s temps, usage, fan speeds and more in bar graph form and also see how much Vram is being used.

If you click the little arrow in the right-hand corner to go into “professional mode,” you can manually overclock the GPU. Here’s what the screen looks like, and like other tools it lets you adjust the GPU and memory clocks, fan speed, and power target. As you can see from the screen below, like on other GTX 10-series cards you can’t adjust the voltage.You can also detach the monitoring window from the main window and stick it in the corner of your display, but the numbers are too small to see at a glance.

Benchmarks

Having just tested our first GTX 1070 Ti card, I was eager to see how the ROG Strix would compare. To find out I squeezed it into the IGN test bench, which is outfitted with an Intel Core i7-7700K CPU, 8GB of DDR4 RAM, an Asus mobo, Intel SSD, and EVGA power supply. I ran tests in DX11 and compared it to the other 1070 Ti as well as the RX Vega 56, GTX 1070, and GTX 1080.

As I mentioned above, having just reviewed the Zotac AMP! Extreme I was curious to see if the Asus would perform similarly, and I figured it would as these are two cards at the top of the market thanks to their “close to 2GHz” clock speeds. Lo and behold, the cards performed pretty much exactly the same, which is a surprise to nobody.

Generally when comparing two GPUs from the same family but different manufactures, the performance will be the same, but the differences come down to software, design, lighting, and doo dads like Asus’ Fan Sync feature, which isn’t found on other GPUs. At the same time, this GPU is lacking the illuminated Push The Limit logo on the Zotac, which is a good thing. So in this batch of tests, I confirmed the Asus card performs exactly the same as the Zotac card, and I think it’s safe to say both of these GPUs represent the maximum performance we will see from this family of GPUs due to their price point and clock speeds.

Overall, the Asus ROG Strix performed extremely well, and at 4k was nipping at the heels of the GTX 1080, and even beat it in a few benchmarks by a handful of frames (So did the Zotac card, to be fair). Plainly speaking, this card is a beast, and clearly one of the fastest GTX 1070 Tis on the market.

Overclocking

Using Asus’ GPU Tweak II software, I started with a one-click overclock to OC Mode, which took the Boost clock from 1,885MHz up to 1,954Mhz without any drama. That is pretty good, and about average for a high-end Pascal GPU. I then went into the “professional mode” to continue my fiddling and in the end I had moved the GPU offset slider all the way to the right of the line available. In other words, there was no more clock to over (see below). The resulting clock speed was 2,050MHz, which is better than average but not an incredible result.

If you recall the Zotac AMP! Extreme got up to 2.11GHz, but in reality none of this matters too much as the performance delta from 1.9GHz to 2.1GHz is usually quite small. I ran a few tests with it overclocked at 2.05GHz and found it made a three percent difference in Heaven, no difference in Shadow of Mordor, and four percent difference in Tomb Raider. That’s still pretty good as far as “free” performance goes, however. Also the highest temperature I saw this card run overclocked was 64C, which is quite chilly.

Purchasing Guide

The Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti has an MSRP of $499.99, and is still that price on Newegg:

The Verdict

The Asus ROG Strix GTX 1070 Ti performs at the top of its class, and is whisper quiet even under full load thanks to its bulky form factor. The lighting is sweet as is the fan syncing feature, making it one of the best GTX 1070 Tis available. At $500 it’s priced equivalent to lower-end GTX 1080s though, just like the Zotac AMP! Extreme, making it a tough sell. Still, compared to a high-end GTX 1080 it’s a heck of a deal. I think it has slightly better features and lighting than the Zotac card, so get this one if you have $500 burning a hole in your PCI Express slot.


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