Overclocking

While the GTX 980 Strix comes with a nice overclock right from Asus. I’m not one to leave things alone. I ran the card through our standard overclock testing to get an idea of how well it overclocks. What that means is I broke testing up into GPU overclocking, Memory overclocking, and then after that run the highest results from both together to see if the card can handle it. All the while I run through a 3DMark 11’s second test to confirm that the overclock is somewhat stable and to give us an average FPS to see the improvement the overclock gives you. The GTX 980 Strix has a GPU clock speed of 1279 stock so I jumped way ahead and started my overclocking with a 1400MHZZ with good luck then again at 1500MHz with good luck. From there I couldn’t get anything to pass so as it turns out my 1500MHz guess was spot on.

For memory testing I get a little more nervous and increase my overclocks slower to prevent damage. Stock was 7100MHz but from there I kept bumping things up until it failed at 8250Mhz. That put my peak memory overclock at 8200MHz. From there I went to combined testing but my initial run failed. I dropped the memory down but that didn’t fix it. Taking the GPU down to 1490MHz did it though. In the end I went from an average stock FPS of 81.76 up to 94.84. Without the memory overclock you would still see over 94 FPS as well so if you want to push your card without dealing with pushing the memory you can still see great improvements.

GPU Clock Speed Overclocking

GPU Clock Speed

Pass/Fail

FPS Result

Notes

1279MHz

Pass

81.76

Stock

1400MHz

Pass

90.14

 

1500MHz

Pass

94.45

 

1550MHz

Failed

N/A

Driver Crash

1520MHz

Failed

N/A

Driver Crash

1510MHz

Failed

N/A

Driver Crash

Memory Clock Offset Overclocking

Memory Clock Speed

Pass/Fail

FPS Result

Notes

7100MHz

Pass

81.76

Stock

7300MHz

Pass

82.00

 

7600MHz

Pass

82.16

 

7900MHz

Pass

82.49

 

8000MHZ

Pass

82.75

 

8100MHz

Pass

83.09

 

8200MHz

Pass

82.83

 

8250MHz

Failed

82.53

Artifacts

GPU and Memory Overclocks Together

GPU Clock Speed

Memory Clock Speed

FPS Result

Notes

1500MHz

8200MHz

N/A

Driver Crash

1500MHz

8100MHz

N/A

Driver Crash

1490MHz

8100MHz

94.84

 

 

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #36240 06 Feb 2015 17:29
Happy Friday everyone. Today I take a look at the GTX 980 Strix from Asus. I've really liked the silent running mode on previous Strix models, will the 980 perform as well?

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