ASUS GTX 980 STRIX DC II OC Video Card Review

Today we delve into the ASUS GTX 980 STRIX DC II OC, which features custom cooling, 0dB fans and high overclocking potential. We'll experiment with this Maxwell GPU by overclocking it to the extreme. It will perform head to head against the ASUS ROG R9 290X MATRIX-P in today's most demanding games, including Far Cry 4.

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Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

Test System Setup

We will be using a ASUS P8Z77 WS motherboard. For the CPU we used an Intel i7 3770k overclocked to 4.6GHz with HyperThreading enabled. The RAM is Corsair Dominator 16GB at 1600MHz. We have recently upgraded our system to run the Windows 8.1 operating system on a 240GB Kingston HyperX SSD.

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Driver Information :

For the ASUS GTX 980 STRIX DC II OC video card we are using GeForce 347.09 BETA dated 12/17/2014.

For the ASUS ROG R9 290X MATRIX-P we are using the Catalyst Omega 14.12 driver package, dated 12/9/2014.

Below is a screenshot of GPU-z after installing the ASUS GTX 980 STRIX DC II OC video card with the GeForce 347.09 BETA driver.

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