ASUS ROG Striker Platinum GTX 760 4GB Video Card Review

Today on our test bench we have the ASUS ROG Striker Platinum GTX 760 wielding 4GB of VRAM and will compare it to the MSI Radeon R9 280 GAMING 3G to determine whether the extra memory makes a difference in real world gaming environments.


Overclocking the ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760

Throughout this evaluation we will be using our highest stable overclock after voltage tweaking as a third video card in the evaluation, in order to express the full potential and amount of performance that the ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 Video Card has in store.

Please remember that every video card is different and the overclocks we achieve here are not necessarily what you will be able to achieve.

To overclock the ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 we used ASUS’s GPUTweak.

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The first screenshot of GPU-z is the out-of-box ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 at its stock speeds and the second screenshot is of ASUS GPUTweak at stock speeds.

A reference GeForce GTX 760 has a base GPU clock of 980MHz, a boost clock of 1033MHz and a memory frequency of 6GHz. The ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 ships with a factory overclock of 105MHz on the base clock and 117MHz overclock on the boost clock. The memory check in at reference speed at 6GHz GDDR5 effective rate. During gaming, we observed an in-game GPU clock speed of 1241MHz.

For our overclocking efforts, we set the power limit to +20% (the maximum allowed) and the voltage to +12mV (the maximum allowed) and started to dial up the clock speeds. We began by adjusting the boost clock within GPUTweak to +100MHz which resulted in an immediate crash to the desktop upon entering a game. We backed down to +75MHz and were able to get about three minutes of gaming in before crashing to the desktop. Finally, by moving to +50MHz we were able to stabilize the card within games. We then began dialing the memory up in 100MHz (effective rate) increments until we began experiencing instability and artifacts at 6.7GHz. Backing off to 6.6GHz gave us a stable and artifact free gaming environment. We did not observe any differences in overclockability by further adjusting the power limit or voltage. This resulted in an observed GPU clock of 1280MHz

The final overclock of the ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 achieved an observed GPU clock increase of 120MHz over "OC" Mode and a memory increase of 400MHz GDDR5 effective rate.

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With the fan left to auto, temperatures did not increase when the card was overclocked although the fans did pick up slightly. However, when the fans were spinning at 100% speed, the temperature dropped 15 degrees Celsius compared to stock speeds with automated fan speed management. We did not observe any differences in stability between the fans set to full speed or set to auto.

Below is a screenshot of ASUS’s GPUTweak and GPUz after achieving our maximum stable overclock, which will be used as the operating frequency through the rest of the evaluation as a fourth video card.

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