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ASUS ROG Striker Platinum GTX 760 4GB Video Card Review

Author:David Schroth

Editor:Brent Justice

Date: Monday , July 07, 2014

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.

Introduction

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. is one of the largest and most successful computer hardware manufacturers in the world. A Taiwan-based company, it manufactures a wide variety of computer hardware, including motherboards, video cards, optical drives, notebooks, networking equipment, barebones desktop, and server systems, among many others.

On our test bench today is the ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 video card.


GeForce GTX 760

The GeForce GTX 760 consists of 6 SMX units and 1,152 CUDA cores. Compared to GeForce GTX 660 Ti the 660 Ti has 1,344 CUDA cores, therefore the GTX 760 has 192 less than the GTX 660 Ti. The GeForce GTX 760 also has 96 texture units and 32 ROPs. The GTX 760 shares the same number of ROPs as the GTX 670 and GTX 680. Compared to a GTX 660 non-Ti the GTX 760 has 16 more texture units and again 8 more ROPs.

The base clock of the reference GeForce GTX 760 is set to 980MHz with a boost clock of 1033MHz. Of course, we all know these video cards can, and do often run higher than the boost clock in games. There is 2GB of GDDR5 on board (4GB optional) on a 256-bit memory bus. The memory runs at 6GHz giving us 192GB/sec of memory bandwidth. GPU Boost 2.0 is also enabled to dynamically scale the GPU clock speed up based on its temperature and power usage.

ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760

The ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 comes equipped with a factory base GPU clock of 1085MHz and a boost clock of 1150MHz, a respective 105MHz and 117MHz increase over stock GeForce GTX 760 GPU and features ASUS’s DirectCU II cooling system. It is configured with 4GB GDR5 memory running at a 6.08GHz effective rate. The cooling system is comprised of three heat pipes that carry heat away from the GPU to an array of aluminum fins that are cooled by a pair of fans. It is sporting one DVI-I, one DVI-D, one HDMI and one DisplayPort 1.2 connector. The card requires one 8 pin PCIe power connector and one 6 pin PCIe connector, an increase over the reference design that only requires a single 8 pin PCIe connector.

The card hails from ASUS’s Republic of Gamers lineage which means that the card is fully tricked out and should be the best-in-class card for that GPU type. The card is equipped with DIGI+ VRMs with 8 phase "Super Alloy Power", a CoolTech Fan (designed to reduce noise and increase airflow), an aluminum backplate and a color coded LED light that indicates the current GPU load that the card is experiencing. Keep in mind that the DirectCU II branded cooling solution differs depending on the ASUS card that you purchase as it is more of a brand description than it is a set specification.

The ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 comes with a 3 year factory warranty and is currently available in etail for $289.99. The card also includes a copy of Watch Dogs for a limited time.

ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 Images

The ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 is packaged in a red hued dark box that features the Republic of Gamers logo as well as the Striker Platinum branding. On the back, it highlights the GeForce GTX 760 GPU, the 4GB of GDDR5 memory installed, the DIGI+ VRM with 8 Phase Super Allow Power, GPU Tweak ROG Edition and the fact that it is an OC edition card.

The front of the ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 features a black metallic fan shroud with a pair of red panels that serves to house the fan and direct airflow away from the GPU. There is also an aluminum backplate to protect the back side of the card. The cooling solution utilizes three heat pipes to pull heat way from the GPU to where it can be cooled by the dual fans. The PCIe power connectors are turned 180 degrees from the standard orientation, thus making it far easier to release the latches to remove the cable.

On the I/O panel there are four ports. These include one DP port, one DVI-I connector, one DVI-D connector, and one HDMI connector. The power connector is on top of the video card and requires a 8-pin and a 6-pin PCI-e power connection. The video card’s measurements are 11.3 inches in Length, 1.5 inches Wide, and 6 inches in height.