The drastic increase in the cryptocurrency mining has caused the price of graphics cards worldwide skyrocketed to an unprecedented level. In the light of the GPU shortage, NVIDIA is reportedly asking retailers to stop selling its graphics cards to crypto miners but instead prioritize the stocks to gamers first for their gaming needs.
“For NVIDIA, gamers come first. All activities related to our GeForce product lines are focused on our main audience. To ensure that GeForce gamers continue to have good GeForce graphics card availability in the current situation, we recommend that our trading partners make the appropriate arrangements to meet gamers’ needs as usual.,” said a spokesman from NVIDIA during an interview with Garman publication ComputerBase.
As GPU shortage is a worldwide issue, Malaysia is also affected by the price hike due to high demand and incredibly low stock availability. A quick check at the local online retail stores found that the prices of most graphics cards have increased to utterly ridiculous levels. For instance, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti that was initially launched at around RM 2,500 mark is now selling as high as RM 3,300, which is a whopping RM 800 increase just in a month or two.
Despite the GPU shortage issue right now, we continue to review graphics cards as usual. With us today is the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition graphics card. ASUS’s ROG Strix series have been in the market for quite some time now and for sure it is very exciting to see what improvement have ASUS brought to the table this time around. Let’s find out now…
Suggested Retail Price: RM 3,399 including GST (Launch price: RM 2,649)
Out of the box, the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti Advanced Edition is a factory-overclocked graphics card that is powered by NVIDIA’s GP104 graphics processor based around Pascal GPU architecture. Featuring 64 ROPs and 152 TMUs, the GTX 1070 Ti comes with a total of 2,432 CUDA cores. As a comparison, the GTX 1070 comes with 1,920 cores, 64 ROPs, 120 TMUs, while the GTX 1080 boasting 2,560 cores, 64 ROPs, and 160 TMUs.
GPU-Z showing OC Mode: 1,683 MHz GPU base clock/ 1,759 MHz GPU boost clock/ 2,002 MHz memory clock (8,008 MHz effective GDDR5).
As far as I/O connectivity goes, the graphics card also comes with dual DisplayPort 1.4, dual HDMI 2.0b ports, and one Dual-Link DVI-D port. Maximum screen resolution supported is 7680×4320 (Ultra HD 8K) with the DP ports. The graphics card can support up to four multi-display setup simultaneously. Featuring a thermal design power (TDP) of 180 watts, the new ROG Strix draws power from a single 8-pin power connector. Measuring 273 x 134 x 52.5 mm in length, width and height, the graphics card will take 2.5 slot in your PC chassis.
With the included ASUS GPU Tweak II utility, ASUS allows users to choose the performance profile from three modes. These include the Silent, Gaming and OC modes.
Silent Mode is very suitable for gamers who are looking for a silent operation and better thermal performance. In this mode, the GPU boost clock will be slightly downclocked to 1,657 MHz with the power target also reduced to 90%. On the VRAM side of thing, the memory frequency remains unchanged at 8,008 MHz of effective GDDR5.
Out of the box our sample unit comes with Gaming Mode, which gives a GPU base clock of 1,607 MHz, boost clock of 1,683 MHz and power target of 100%. The VRAM will still be running at 8,008 MHz of effective GDDR5.
OC Mode provides the most aggressive clock speed profile, with the GPU receiving a base clock speed of 1,683 MHz and boost clock of 1,759 MHz. As ASUS has validated the ROG Strix card to be operating stably at such a clock speed, we have decided to use this mode throughout our benchmarking tests to demonstrate the best performance out of this graphics card.
OUTSHINE THE COMPETITION
ROG Strix GeForce® GTX 1070 Ti gaming graphics cards are packed with exclusive ASUS technologies, including all-new MaxContact Technology that is 2X more contact with GPU for improved thermal transfer, and Patented Wing-Blade IP5X-Certified Fans for maximum airflow and longer fan lifespan. While ASUS FanConnect II features 4-pin, hybrid-controlled headers connected to system fans for optimal system cooling. ASUS Aura Sync RGB LED synchronization enables a gaming system personalization and VR-friendly HDMI ports let gamers easily enjoy immersive virtual reality experiences. ROG Strix GeForce® GTX 1070 Ti also has GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster that provides intuitive performance tweaking and instant gameplay streaming.
GAME COOL AND PLAY SILENT
40% More Heat Dissipation Area
Up to 30% Cooler and 3X Quieter Gaming Performance
New ROG Strix graphics are constructed with a 2.5-slot width, providing 40% more heat sink surface area for heat dissipation compared to previous 2-slot designs for dramatically cooler and quieter performance.
2X More Contact with GPU for Improved Thermal Transfer
MaxContact is an industry-first GPU cooling technology, featuring an enhanced copper heat spreader that directly contacts the GPU. MaxContact utilizes precision machining to provide a surface that makes up to 2X more contact with the GPU than traditional heat spreaders, resulting in improved thermal transfer.
Patented Wing-Blade Design
Max Air Flow with 105% More Air Pressure
Patented wing-blade fans delivers maximum air flow and 105% greater static pressure over the heat sink, while operating at an up to 3X quieter volume than reference cards.
Game in Complete Silence
Innovative 0dB technology stops the fan completely when the GPU temperature remains below a set level*, letting you enjoy light gaming in complete silence.
*55°C for ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1070 Ti
IP5X-Certified Dust Resistance
Longer Fan Lifespan
The fans in ROG Strix graphics cards are certified under the International Protection Marking (IP code) as IP5X dust resistant for improved reliability and a longer lifespan. This stringent certification process ensures ROG Strix graphics cards provide optimal fan performance, even under severe conditions.
ASUS FanConnect II
Optimal System Cooling
ASUS FanConnect II features two 4-pin, hybrid-controlled headers that can be connected to both PWM and DC system fans for optimal system cooling. The connected fans reference both the GPU and CPU, operating automatically based on the one with the higher temperature. A comprehensive set of tuning options allow you to tune fan speeds for efficient cooling.
GPU Tweak II lets you easily set these ASUS FanConnect II modes:
Auto mode: Chassis fan speeds reference GPU temperatures and operate based on the default factory setting.
Manual mode: Allows you to set a fixed speed for connected fans.
User-defined mode: Allows you to set chassis fans to reference either the CPU or GPU temperature to determine rotational speed. Additionally, a smart, automatic calibration routine senses the controllable range of connected fans and allows you to fine-tune speeds for efficient cooling and low noise.
PREMIUM QUALITY AND BEST RELIABILITY
Industry-only 100% Automated Production Process
All ASUS graphics cards are now produced using Auto-Extreme Technology, an industry-exclusive, 100% automated production process that incorporates premium materials to set a new standard of quality. Auto-Extreme Technology ensures consistent graphics card quality as well as improved performance and longevity. Since the introduction of Auto-Extreme technology, reliability has improved by 30%. This new manufacturing process is also environmentally friendly, eliminating harsh chemicals and reducing power consumption by 50%.
- 100% automation, removing human fallibility from production
- Fortify component overclocking stability
- Advanced and stringent quality control
- Advanced components design innovation
- Smooth circuit board without sharp bumps
- Flux-free production
6+1 Phase Super Alloy Power II
Enhanced Durability and Efficiency
ASUS engineers have integrated premium alloy components into their graphics card designs to reinforce overall reliability. Super Alloy Power II components greatly enhance efficiency, reduce power loss and achieve thermal levels that are approximately 50% cooler than previous designs.
PERSONALIZED GAMING STYLE
ASUS Aura Sync
Outshine The Competition
Featuring Aura RGB Lighting on both the shroud and backplate, ROG Strix graphics cards are capable of displaying millions of colors and six different effects for a personalized gaming system. ROG Strix graphics cards also feature ASUS Aura Sync, RGB LED synchronization technology that enables complete gaming system personalization when the graphics card is paired with an Aura-enabled gaming motherboard.
GEAR UP FOR ULTIMATE GAMING EXPERIENCE
VR-friendly HDMI Ports
Easily Enjoy Immersive Virtual Reality Experience
ROG Strix graphics cards have two HDMI ports for connecting a VR device and display at the same time, so you can enjoy immersive virtual reality experiences anytime without having to swap cables.
Enjoy the Flawless and Complete Gameplay
The Best Combo for Ultra-smooth Gaming
NVIDIA G-SYNC™ synchronizes the ROG Swift gaming monitor’s refresh rate to the GPU in your GeForce® GTX-powered PC, eliminating screen tearing and minimizing display stutter and input lag. With ROG Strix gaming graphics cards and ROG Swift gaming monitors, scenes appear instantly, objects look sharper, and gameplay is super smooth, giving you a stunning visual experience and a serious competitive edge.
Gaming Performance, Brilliantly Boosted
Boost Game in SLI Configuration with ROG SLI HB Bridge
The all-new ROG SLI HB (High-Bandwidth) Bridge doubles the available transfer bandwidth of the previous generation to deliver gloriously detailed graphics and silky smooth gameplay. Support for multiple 2-way configurations — both 3-slot and 4-slot — provide maximum flexibility. ROG SLI HB Bridge features ASUS-exclusive Aura RGB lighting that displays millions of colors to express your unique gaming style, and Aura Sync technology that perfectly synchronizes lighting for a system that really shines.
GAME YOUR WAY
GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster
Intuitive Performance Tweaking
Redesigned with an intuitive, all-new UI, GPU Tweak II makes overclocking easier and more visual than ever, while still retaining advanced options for seasoned overclockers. With one click, the new Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically.
One-click Performance Up
Boost your performance by turning off windows visual effects.
Automatically or manually turn off windows services or process.
Re-arrange & free your system memory without closing any processes.
Instant Gameplay Streaming
An included 1-year XSplit Gamecaster premium license* — a $99 USD value — lets you easily stream or record gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay. The overlay also displays GPU clock speed, temperature, and VRM usage, and has GPU Tweak II controls, so gamers can choose a gaming profile and boost performance with just one click.
GEFORCE GTX 1070 Ti
Take on today’s most challenging, graphics-intensive games without missing a beat. The GeForce GTX 1070 Ti and GeForce GTX 1070 graphics cards deliver the incredible speed and power of NVIDIA PascalTM –the most advanced gaming GPU ever create. This is the ultimate gaming platform. #GameReady.
Automatically update your drivers. Optimize setting. Capture and share video, screenshots, and livestreams. Even win reward.
GAME READY DRIVERS
Get the Perfect Driver for Every Title. The ultimate gaming performance at launch, and beyond-so you’re always ready to game.
Record and share your greatest gaming moments. Easily record gameplay, capture screenshots, and share.
A revolutionary new way to capture in-game shots, view in 360 degrees, and edit with post-process filters.
Power new visual effect and rendering techniques for more lifelike gaming.
4K AND HDR
Game with High Dynamic Range for the best color contrast and realism, plus 4K for crystal-clear fidelity.
ROG Strix is the newest recruit into the Republic of Gamers. A series of specialized gaming gear designed for the rebel in all of us, Strix exemplifies ROG’s premier performance, innovative technology, and leading quality, but with its own confident and dynamic attitude. Featuring bold designs and bright colors, this exciting new series possesses a spirit of fierce individualism that charges every gaming experience with thrilling energy. ROG Strix equips players with the necessary speed and agility to dominate their game. A new generation of force has arrived. Join the Republic and experience the power of ROG Strix.