Friday, April 3rd 2015

ASUS Announces GeForce GTX 970 Turbo Graphics Card

In addition to the GeForce GTX 980 20th Anniversary Edition, ASUS rolled out a snappy new GeForce GTX 970 graphics card, the Turbo GTX 970. ASUS started off its GTX 970 lineup with the top-flow heatsink based GTX 970 Strix, topping it up with the GTX 970 DCU2 Mini. What the company was lacking was a card with a conventional lateral-blower based cooler, which exhaust hot air directly out of the case. That's where this product comes in.

The Turbo GTX 970 appears to be based on the same short PCB as the GTX 970 DCU2 Mini, but strapped to a longer lateral-flow cooling solution, featuring a dense aluminium fin-channel heatsink, and a base-plate drawing heat from the memory and VRM, ventilated by the blower, which pushes air right out of the case. ASUS offers factory-overclocked speeds of 1088 MHz core with 1228 MHz GPU Boost. If this card is indeed based on the DCU2 PCB, then its power inputs include just one 8-pin PCIe power connectors. If however, it's derived from NVIDIA's cost-effective reference PCB (which has been modified and used by brands such as ZOTAC and Palit), then it could feature two 6-pin power inputs. Display outputs include two dual-link DVI, and one each of HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.2 connectors.
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30 Comments on ASUS Announces GeForce GTX 970 Turbo Graphics Card

#1
buildzoid
It looks great and since it's a GTX 970 heat won't be a problem
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#2
Caring1
btarunr said:
If this card is indeed based on the DCU2 PCB, then its power inputs include just one 8-pin PCIe power connectors. If however, it's derived from NVIDIA's cost-effective reference PCB (which has been modified and used by brands such as ZOTAC and Palit), then it could feature two 6-pin power inputs.


Quoted from Wccf Tech:
Card is powered by a 6 and 8-Pin connector and SLI connectivity includes 2 gold fingers which allow Quad-Way SLI multi-GPU functionality.
Either way it is a nice looking card.
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#3
LAN_deRf_HA
The white reminds me of my old Asus X1950 Pro
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#4
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
It would look great in a white case with window!.
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#5
Agility
And i thought it was an AMD card at first... That nice cooler design!
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#6
rooivalk
btarunr said:
. If however, it's derived from NVIDIA's cost-effective reference PCB (which has been modified and used by brands such as ZOTAC and Palit),
oh never know there's a cheap edition PCB, what's the difference?
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#7
Chaitanya
rooivalk said:
oh never know there's a cheap edition PCB, what's the difference?
usually refrence design video cards have just enough vr to keep it running at stock speeds, alsp depending on vendor quality of those vrms is iffy at best. non-refrence video have better coolers and power delivery to support overclocking.
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#8
Lionheart
rtwjunkie said:
It would look great in a white case with window!.
Agreed, needs a white backplate though :toast:
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#9
GhostRyder
I like the look of the cooler, I like the size, and I like the overall design. However I will say the only short coming is the lack of output options available on the device compared to other models. That is literally my favorite thing about the 9XX series and this one sadly does not have it :(
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#10
Finners
I like the idea if these lateral blowing 970's as in SLI the heat is exhausted out of the case. Here in the UK (not sure if avaiable in US) you can get a 970 with a reference 980 style cooler and I think it looks great buts its expensive for what it is.

Is this were any other make other than ASUS I would expect it to be quite a cheap option but ASUS seem to overcharge for their cards imo.

The other draw back I can see with this card is the short PCB, Power connectors will be in an awkward place half way down the card and less room for decent power circuitry
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#11
BorisDG
Why no white PCB? Damn ... my choice is still Galax HOF...
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#12
HumanSmoke
Reminds me of Sapphire's Mac Edition 7950
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#14
kinc
ASUS Representative
Caring1 said:
Quoted from Wccf Tech:
Card is powered by a 6 and 8-Pin connector and SLI connectivity includes 2 gold fingers which allow Quad-Way SLI multi-GPU functionality.
Either way it is a nice looking card.
It uses the GTX 970 DC Mini PCB with one 8-pin AUX power connector. The short PCB allows the fan to pull air from the back as well.

The main focus for this SKU is system integrators, but it will also be available in the channel with a "colorbox".
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#15
Antykain
A white PCB would have been a nice touch to this card.. You know, like those 'other' guys have. :)
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#16
alwayssts
I like the look of this card a lot (not that it really matters).

1x6, 1x8-pin (unless wccftech got it wrong?)...that means it's likely a beefy vrm. I very much doubt it's a 'cost-effective' pcb. I would imagine with that power setup it's custom.

1 dvi-i, 1-dvd-d, 1 dp, 1 HDMI 2.0...what else do you really need (for a 970)?

Blower fan is def nice, and something I've learned to respect. I used to believe it was all about open air with it's cooling/noise ratio on a stock sku, but there really is something to be said for dumping heat outside the case, especially for sli. Now, would I personally sli 4GB 970s...probably not. But it's a nice option for some.

Hmm...I wonder what the dimensions are...hopefully a little smaller than the Strix (and closer to a stock model with 9.5'' pcb/cooler). If so, that would be a tight little card.

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kinc said:
It uses the GTX 970 DC Mini PCB with one 8-pin AUX power connector. The short PCB allows the fan to pull air from the back as well.
Reading comprehension fail on my part. Thanks for the info.
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#17
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
Chaitanya said:
usually refrence design video cards have just enough vr to keep it running at stock speeds, alsp depending on vendor quality of those vrms is iffy at best. non-refrence video have better coolers and power delivery to support overclocking.
I have to disagree, I have yet to get a card with a reference nVidia PCB that couldn't be overclocked. They just don't overclock as well as non-reference and usually you can't up the voltage.
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#18
RichF
Just what we don't need on the market... more 970s.
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#19
Lionheart
RichF said:
Just what we don't need on the market... more 970s.
Why? They're still an awesome card despite the whole misinformed memory issue. :confused:
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#20
erocker
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RichF said:
Just what we don't need on the market... more 970s.
While they are pretty much anywhere you look, I say flood the market. Let them sit on store shelves and watch the prices go down.
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#21
rtwjunkie
PC Gaming Enthusiast
RichF said:
Just what we don't need on the market... more 970s.
It's still the awesome performer it was in all the reviews at 1080p and 1440p. Nothing changed just because we discovered the last part of the VRAM operated differently from the rest.
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#22
Caring1
A couple of these in SLI would make any system look good, even better if the prices drop.
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#23
Fluffmeister
The prices have actually gone up in a few places here, they'll presumbly go down once AMD decide to actually release something new.
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#24
SK-1
Black cards matter.
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#25
newtekie1
Semi-Retired Folder
SK-1 said:
Black cards matter.
George Bush doesn't care about black graphics cards!
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