Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070

A high end RTX 2070 with a price to match.

APC Australia - - The Lab -

$1,199 | WWW.ASUS.COM.AU

The ROG Strix 2070 is the flag­ship Asus 2070 of­fer­ing. The bar is al­ways set high for any ROG prod­uct and if you take one look at the ROG Strix 2070 you’ll know it’s a pre­mium of­fer­ing. It packs in a pre­mium PCB, a beefy cooler and plenty of unique ROG fea­tures. The com­pe­ti­tion is tough though and the Asus has a sig­nif­i­cant price pre­mium that needs to be jus­ti­fied.

The Strix 2070 is out­wardly sim­i­lar to the other Strix RTX cards. The build qual­ity is su­perb with a large brushed alu­minium back plate that’s en­hanced by an RGB-lit ROG logo. There’s also a large PCB base­plate that helps to cool the com­po­nents while of­fer­ing ad­di­tional rigid­ity. The shroud fea­tures some RGB high­lights around the fans while the ROG logo on the side of the card is also lit.

The cooler is a triple fan de­sign. Like many cards th­ese days, it’s ef­fec­tively a triple slot cooler. Asus uses cus­tom de­signed ax­ial fans to in­creases static pres­sure which is a good thing with dense fin heatsinks. Like most cool­ers th­ese days, the fans stop when the card is idle, only spin­ning up when the card reaches a tem­per­a­ture thresh­old.

The PCB of the Strix 2070 is par­tic­u­larly im­pres­sive. A 10 Phase VRM is present, eas­ily ca­pa­ble of pow­er­ing the not-too-thirsty TU106 GPU. There’s also a pair of fan head­ers present which are very use­ful for con­trol­ling ad­ja­cent case fans. An ad­di­tional RGB header can be con­trolled via Asus’ Aura Sync app. If you’re not crazy about RGB though, there’s a handy switch to turn it off if you pre­fer. Other fea­tures in­clude volt­age read points and a BIOS switch to change be­tween quiet and per­for­mance modes.

Asus has de­vi­ated from the stan­dard RTX 2070 video out­puts. Gone is the DVI-D con­nec­tor and one of the Dis­playPorts. We have a pair of DP 1.4 con­nec­tors, 2x HDMI 2.0b and a USB Type-C port. The in­clu­sion of dual HDMI is a good thing for those who plan to use a VR head­set.

Per­for­mance-wise, the Strix 2070 per­formed no­tably bet­ter than the Founders Edi­tion but we did note that it ran just a cou­ple of de­grees warmer than the Aorus and MSI cards, which meant its max­i­mum boost clock fluc­tu­ated a tiny bit more. The Strix cooler is very quiet in­deed and we sim­ply couldn’t hear it over the fans from our AIO CPU cooler.

The Asus ROG Strix 2070 is an ex­cel­lent 2070 of­fer­ing that crams cus­tom fea­tures into a very well built pack­age, but when it costs over $100 more than its high­end com­peti­tors, it’s tough to rec­om­mend. When the sup­ply set­tles and pric­ing sta­bilises, by all means take a look at the Asus Strix 2070. It’s an ex­cel­lent and par­tic­u­larly quiet card with some unique fea­tures that that re­in­forces the rep­u­ta­tion we’ve come to ex­pect from Asus ROG.


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