NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 760 2GB is one of the best-selling graphics cards today. It has proven to be a great card for those who are playing games at full-HD (1920×1080) resolution as it is relatively affordable and can be easily found for around RM 800. Recently, graphics card manufacturers including ASUS have begun offering 4GB variant of this popular card for an extra RM 200 over the price of a GTX 760 with 2GB of memory.
Last week, ASUS has proudly released their new Republic of Gamers (ROG) family member, the ROG Striker GTX 760 Platinum graphics card, featuring a fully customized PCB with a beefy 4GB GDDR5 memory, an exclusive DirectCU II cooling solution, a huge factory overclocked GPU, Super Alloy Power technology, black metallic capacitors and DIGI+ VRM digital power delivery design to pursuit for a great overclocking potential.
Today, we will be looking at what is so special about this graphics card and also investigate if the extra VRAM is something useful that is worth the extra money or just a marketing gimmick.
Product Link: https://www.asus.com/ROG_ROG/ROG_STRIKERGTX760P4GD5/
Suggested Retail Price: RM 1,239
The ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 Platinum is a factory overclocked card, it is specified to run at a base clock of 1085 MHz, a boost clock of 1150 MHz and the 4GB of GDDR5 memory operates at 1502 MHz or 6008 MHz effective. In comparison, a reference GeForce GTX 760 2GB runs at 980 MHz of base clock, 1033 MHz boost and 1502 MHz on the memory. This means that the Striker GTX 760 Platinum has around 11% overclock on the base clock, so by rights you should be getting a nice performance boost as compared to other models that are running at reference clocks.
Flipping open the lid of the box you will find even more details out about the key features of this graphics card. Here ASUS explains that this card should be 10% faster than reference design of GeForce GTX 760, cooler than reference card thanks to the DirectCU II cooler and CoolTech technology, how robust the DIGI+ VRM & Super Alloy Power design is and how the card has the Color-coded Load Indicator to indicate the GPU load status.
Measuring 11.3” x 6” x 1.6″, the Striker GTX 760 packs a pair of 90 mm silent fans in which one of the fans has a unique CoolTech design, which carries hybrid blade and bearing. This fan is capable of providing a multi-directional flow, to dissipate the heat efficiently.
The custom PCB features DIGI+ VRM power design with 8-phase Super Alloy Power’s Japanese-made Nichicon GT-series 10K Black Metallic Capacitors, and POSCAP that can handle up to 125°C of VRM temperature.
The ROG Color-coded Load Indicator offers an instant and easy-to-understand display of current GPU activity. If the backlight turns red, this means the Striker GTX 760 Platinum is under heavy load, whereas blue means light loading and orange indicates medium loading. However, our review sample was not a perfect card in which its backlight didn’t turn to red under heavy load.
The DirectCU II cooler offers a massive radiator, which is connected with three direct-contact copper heat pipes measuring 10 mm in diameter. The Vapor Chamber technology will dissipate heat effectively and efficiently.
The Intel Core i7 4770K processor was overclocked to 4.625 GHz while all the graphics cards used were operating at stock clocks and stock cooler on air cooling. The room temperature was around 29°C throughout the benchmarks.
Software & Tools
ASUS GPU Tweak – an overclocking tool with GPU and memory tuning, overvolting, GPU load-line calibration and VRM frequency tuning, allowing for the most extensive control and adjustment parameters for maximum overclocking potential.
OverClocking & Temperature
The ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 Platinum comes clocked at 1085 MHz on the base, 1150 MHz boost and 1502 MHz (6008 MHz effective) on the Hynix-AFR GDDR5 memory ICs. The actual maximum GPU boost clock is 1215 MHz. We were able to push the NVIDIA GK104 GPU to 1293 MHz of maximum boost clock and 2001 MHz (8004 MHz effective) on the memory, with a supplied voltage of 1.200V.In summary, these are equal to around 6% and 33% overclocks for the GPU and memory clocks, respectively. In the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark, this overclock improved the graphics score by 11%. The load temperature just hit 64°C in a 29°C environment.
Thoughts & Verdicts
Although the ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 Platinum is the best GTX 760 graphics cards that we tested so far, it is priced significantly higher than any other GTX 760 in the market. For instance, you could find a Leadtek GTX 760 4GB which is factory overclocked higher (1111 MHz base & 1176 MHz boost) than the Striker for just RM 999.
From our test on high resolution 1600p gaming, the Striker GTX 760 Platinum suffered from unplayable frame rates in most of the games tested. The minimum frame rates dropped below 30 fps at some points. So, now we know that the 4GB VRAM on the GTX 760 is not an advantage to play like a GTX 780 with 3GB. It’s going to play like a reference GTX 760 with 2GB because the hardware simply can’t keep up with post processing and rendering job. The GTX 760 is not going to utilize more than 2GB of VRAM. It is perfectly geared for 1080p gaming, and 2GB is what it’s designed to use.
If you have extra money to spend we strongly suggest that you should consider top up a little bit to get the GeForce GTX 770. You could find a Leadtek GTX 770 2GB for just RM 1,279. The GTX 770 uses the same GK 104 GPU and has 2GB of GDDR5 memory, but it has 1536 stream processors as compared to 1152 on the GTX 760. For Full HD 1080p resolution, you will see a nice performance boost by taking the GTX 770 by just topping up RM40 more than the Striker GTX 760 Platinum. For 1600p gaming or multi-monitor setup then you will need to step up to a more powerful card such as the GTX 780 3GB or the AMD Radeon R9 280X 3GB. Both of these graphics cards have the sufficient horsepower and frame buffer to play an ultra HD resolution and multi-monitor setup.
During our overclocking tests, we managed to push the GPU clock to a maximum boost frequency of about 1293 MHz and 2001 MHz (8004 MHz effective) on the memory. Really nice figures indeed! But we expect it will overclock better if it is given a modded BIOS with higher voltage limit.
With such an insane price tag, the ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 Platinum is not a graphics card for everyone. It is aimed for those who want some exclusive features with the ROG series, good overclock ability, and gaming on a 1080p monitor. But if you could find it for a lower price, then this beautiful graphics card is worth considering.
Performance/Price Value: 3/5
+ High factory overclocked GPU
+ Very good overclocking potential
+ High quality components and solid build
+ Beautiful outlook with cool ROG design
+ DirectCU II cooler provides good temperature even under heavy gaming and quiet
– Overvolting is capped by NVIDIA’s power limit policy
– Not strong enough for ultra HD 1600p gaming
– The backlight of the ROG Load Indicator doesn’t turn to red colour on heavy load
– The fan could be a little loud when blasting at full speed (100%)
– No game bundle
ASUS ROG Striker GTX 760 Platinum received Silver Award from OCDrift.com
Disclaimer: OCDrift.com gives out our own award based on the Hardware Performance, OverClocking Ability, Innovation, and Value as determined by the reviewer
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