ASUS Strix Edition GeForce GTX 970 Graphics Card Review

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by Rob Williams on September 24, 2014 in Graphics & Displays

With the help of Maxwell, NVIDIA has hit a definite home run with its GeForce GTX 900 GPUs. In our look at the GTX 980 last week, we were left thoroughly impressed, but little did we realize at the time, the GTX 970 – and ASUS’ Strix edition in particular – was about to impress us even more. Simply put, you need to check this card out.

Game Tests: Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Total War: SHOGUN 2

Tom Clancy is responsible for a countless number of video games, but his Splinter Cell series has become something special, with each game released having been considered “great” overall. The latest in the series, Blacklist, is no exception, and thankfully for us, its graphics are fantastic, and not to mention intensive. For those who love a stealth element in their games, this is one that shouldn’t be skipped.

RIP, Tom Clancy.

Splinter Cell Blacklist - 1920x1080 Single Monitor

Manual Run-through: From the start of the ‘Safehouse’ level in Benghazi, Libya, we progress through until we reach an apartment building that must be entered – this is where we end the FPS recording.

ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Strix - Splinter Cell: Blacklist (1920x1080)

ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Strix - Splinter Cell: Blacklist (2560x1440)

ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Strix - Splinter Cell: Blacklist (5760x1080)

The further we peer into these results, the clearer it becomes to me that we’re going to be due for another GPU suite overhaul soon. Most PC gamers out there run 1080p, but as we’ve seen up to this point, none of these cards struggle with 1440p, which has 77% more pixels. Clearly, we’d be seeing far greater deltas at 4K. I still believe the hype surrounding 4K is severely overblown, but it seems inevitable that I’ll be adding it to our suite at some point soon.

Total War: SHOGUN 2

Strategy games are well-known for pushing the limits of any system, and few others do this as well as Total War: SHOGUN 2. It fully supports DX11, has huge battlefields to oversee with hundreds or thousands of units, and a ton of graphics options to adjust. It’s quite simply a beast of a game.

Total War: SHOGUN 2 - 1920x1080 Single Monitor

Manual Run-through: SHOGUN 2 is one of the few games in our suite where the built-in benchmark is opted for. Strategy games in particular are very difficult to benchmark, so this is where I become thankful to have the option of using a built-in benchmark.

ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Strix - Total War: SHOGUN 2 (1920x1080)

ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Strix - Total War: SHOGUN 2 (2560x1440)

ASUS GeForce GTX 970 Strix - Total War: SHOGUN 2 (5760x1080)

As we saw with Crysis 3, the GTX 970 falls just behind the GTX 780 Ti in SHOGUN 2.

Rob Williams

Rob founded Techgage in 2005 to be an 'Advocate of the consumer', focusing on fair reviews and keeping people apprised of news in the tech world. Catering to both enthusiasts and businesses alike; from desktop gaming to professional workstations, and all the supporting software.

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