Cooling, Noise, and Power
With its unique cooling design and changes to the VRM and capacitors I was really excited to test the Striker in this section. Here I could see if it had more power draw, better temps, and even see how much noise the two different fans put out. Starting with power consumption the Striker pulled 417 watts at peak when running through Heaven Benchmark 4.0. The reference GTX 760 pulled 364 and the other GTX 760’s tested pulled at most 389 so it is obvious that the Striker is pulling more power when loaded. This is actually only slightly under the reference GTX 780, so keep that in mind when picking out your power supply to go with the Striker.
For noise, the Striker actually comes in at the middle of our charts when the fans are turned all the way up. This is lower than a few of the GTX 760’s but still louder than the reference card. At 50% fan speed we can get a better idea of what to actually expect in everyday use, here it is actually down near the bottom of the charts.
Now to temperature testing, I ran the Striker and all of the other cards through Heaven Benchmark 4.0 on a loop with the room temperature set to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The Striker ran quiet and settled at 70 degrees quickly. The reference GTX 760 ran at 81 degrees and the other GTX 760’s came in slightly lower but with their lower power usage this isn’t a huge shock. More power means more heat to deal with.