We’re checking out something fresh for you and it’s the latest addition to the Republic of Gamers – the ROG Strix GTX 1070.
A collection of specialized gaming equipment designed for all gamers out there, the company claims that Strix embodies ROG’s excellent performance, leading quality, and excellent innovative technology. The Strix looks cool with its vibrant colors and bold design while it equips you with all the needed agility and speed to dominate your game. ASUS also says that the Strix GTX 1070 promises great & quality cooling, plus outstanding performance over other FE cards that are around. It also has a couple of features that’ll set it apart from others.
Sounds good? Well today, we’re focusing on the ROG Strix GTX 1070 to see if it’s more than just a cool looking device and if it’s really as good as ASUS claims it to be. First up, let’s go ahead and check out what’s inside the box.
Asus ROG Strix GTX 1070 Gaming Review – What’s in the Box?
We really weren’t surprised to see the large packaging that the ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1070 came in with. After all, this video card is rather large so the company guaranteed to have increased protection so it wouldn’t acquire any damages during transit.
They obviously cut zero corners with the packaging, but ASUS didn’t forget to give it the usual Strix flare: eye-catching & vibrant colors, a ton of useful infographics & information, plus a huge image of the device itself to give you an idea how the Strix GTX 1070 looks.
Just like all the good shipping containers of video cards, the interior of the GTX 1070’s packaging has been categorized into two sections: the top portion is a big cardboard box where all the accessories are placed.
It also works as a secondary protective layer for the GTX 1070 that is kept beneath this. The second section is where the product is and is wrapped with an anti-static packet. The bag is bundled in a high-density, form-fitting foam which is also present between the two sections. The added foam is to better protect the card while being transported to you.
We liked how secure the packaging is and you really won’t have to worry about shipping the device across the continent. We have to give ASUS two thumbs up for their packaging since they really stepped up their game on it.
Plus, this is how all shipping packages should be designed. Aside from the Strix GTX 1070 itself, other accessories that are included in the package are the Velcro cable wraps, a driver disc, instruction manual, and a pamphlet. The cable wraps are necessary to declutter the wires of your system to keep things neat and less of an eyesore.
Asus ROG Strix GTX 1070 Gaming Review
The first glimpse you’ll get of the Strix GTX 1070 displays the lined black shroud and the three fans that move air right across the Direct CU III heatsinks. If you take a closer look at this, you will see the RGB LED lights that appear like eyebrows; both of these can be seen below and above the fans. It’s an overall good and pleasing sight with a great design to boot.
If you flip the GTX 1070 around, you’ll find a finely designed and aesthetically-appealing backplate with the ROG (Republic of Gamers) symbol in white on the left portion. This area is also backlit by the device’s RGB LED.
This is a very solid looking graphics card and since its true color hues only come from its RGB LEDs, the GTX 1070 will easily fit in with any themed build. You’ll just need to change the color based on your preference. A really good thing about the ROG Strix GTX 1070 is that it doesn’t really require an 8-pin – dual 6-pin power adapter or any other similar items.
Additionally, the GTX 1070 from ASUS is also much easier to add to a mining rig. With the common type, you will not be plugging the graphics card directly to the PCIe slot. Instead, you will plug these into the adapter that is inserted in the PCIe slot. Since adapters only need 1 PCIe lane, you will be able to use more cards for each system.
With that, you will need to power the adapter via 6-pin PCIe cable, SATA connector, or a MOLEX cable. Good thing that ASUS included cable straps with the GTX 1070 so you can easily keep all wires tidy and in place.
We really appreciate that ASUS made this a single 8-pin based card which means that the tail or end of your usual PSU’s cable (8 + 8 pin PCIe) can be used just like a power adapter. With that, you will only need a good 8-pin extension cable and you’re all good to go.
Another possible and hassle-free way to do this is by using your 850 Watt PSU’s PCIe power cable. If you’re someone who doesn’t really think of all the nuts and bolts that come with mining rigs before actually purchasing graphics cards, you’re quite lucky, especially if you’re getting the GTX 1070 from ASUS.
A highly notable aspect of the GTX 1070’s 8-pin power connector is its equally good location and layout. Usually, this kind of connector pops out from a video card’s edge, making the card’s entire footprint bigger than what’s been specified; however, ASUS ensured that their connector doesn’t do that. Instead, they recessed their connector to allow you to see the real footprint of the GTX 1070 to make the customized CPU cooling bigger.
Looking at the Strix GTX 1070, you’ll think that it takes up a whole lot of room, but in reality, it just takes up the same amount.
The GPU makes use of the GP-104 Pascal GPU with 1920 shader units. Base and boost clocks at 1,658 MHz | 1,860 MHz; plus, its memory bandwidth is 256 GB/s. When it comes to the memory, the GTX 1070 has an 8GB GDDR-5 with a memory clock of 2,002 MHz.
There are three 90-millimeter Axial fans and a total of five ports available. These include two DP, two HDMI 2.0, and one DVI-D port. The graphics card also has one 8-pin power connector available.
For its measurements, the ROG Strix GTX 1070 is 30 cm (L) x 12.5 cm (H) x 3.5 cm (D). It has a total weight of 1,048 grams and the best part of this? The graphics card comes with a three-year warranty.
Listed here are the product features of the GTX 1070 from ASUS.
Direct CU III Technology + Direct GPU Contact Heat Pipes
This exclusive cooling technology gives you the direct GPU contact heat pipes. These work by delivering extra heat away from the GPU thus, outperforming the reference designs. This allows the device to acquire up to 30% improved cooling performance.
Fan Connect for Aimed Extra Cooling
When you’re gaming, the temperature of the GPU usually gets higher than the CPU’s temperature. Thing is, the chassis fans commonly focus on the CPU temperatures only which results in inept cooling of the system. If you want excellent thermal performance, the ROG Strix has two 4-pin GPU-controlled headers that can be linked to your system fans for better and aimed cooling.
Patented Triple-Wing Blade 0-dB Fans
The Direct CU III of this GTX 1070 has triple 0-dB fans that are designed with a patented wing-blade construction that gives you adequate airflow and better static pressure. This allows the device to operate at more quiet volumes compared to reference cards. The 0-dB fans also lets you better enjoy games in total silence, making the Direct CU III one of the best and most silent graphics card available today.
6 + 1 Phase – Super Alloy Power II
You’ll also get improved efficiency and durability since ASUS made use of premium alloy elements to design their graphics card. This is mainly to reinforce total reliability and efficiency, decrease power loss, and acquire thermal levels that are about 50% cooler compared to previous designs.
Auto Extreme Technology
For everyone’s convenience, ASUS made it that all their graphics cards are produced via the Auto Extreme Technology. It’s their industry exclusive, fully automated production method that integrates premium and quality materials to set a new standard of great quality.
This feature also gives you consistent graphics quality plus better longevity and performance. It’s also great that the new manufacturing process that they’re using is environment-friendly. Basically, it decreases power consumption and removes harsh chemicals by about 50%.
The Aura RGB Lighting
The Strix GTX 1070 also comes with the Aura RGB Lighting on both its backplate and shroud. These make the graphics card capable of exhibiting millions of colors with six varying effects, allowing you to personalize your gaming system.
Complete and Flawless Gameplay
The NVIDIA G-SYNC harmonizes with the refresh rate of ROG’s Swift gaming monitor to the GPU in your Ge Force GTX-powered computer. This decreases display stutter, eliminates screen tearing, as well as input lag.
With the GTX 1070 combined with the ROG Swift gaming monitors, you’ll get high-quality scenes, sharper objects, and super smooth gameplay for your enjoyment. Also, you’ll surely enjoy the stunning visual experience while focusing on your competitive gameplay.
HDMI Ports that are VR-Friendly
This specific feature will let you fully immerse in the VR experience since the GTX 1070 has two HDMI ports that will link a VR device simultaneously with the display. You’ll get to enjoy immersive VR experiences whenever you want without going through the hassles of swapping cables.
X-Split Gamecaster for Immediate Gameplay Streaming
Another awesome feature of the ROG Strix GTX 1070 is the included one-year X-Split Gamecaster premium license which is actually $ 99 USD. This will allow you to easily record or stream gameplay with a good, in-game overlay.
This specific overlay exhibits the GPU clock speed, VRM usage, and the temperature; plus, it has the GPU Tweak II controls to let you select your gaming profile while also enhancing your performance with one click.
The GPU Tweak II with X-Split Gamecaster
This is redesigned with an all-new, intuitive UI that makes overclocking more visual and easier than ever while also maintaining the advanced alternatives for professional overclockers. With just one click, the Gaming Booster function augments the system’s performance by discarding all unnecessary processes. It also automatically allocates every available resources.
Software – GPUTweak 2 & VGA Aura
With this software, you can do a couple of things such as easily switch to the OC Mode with just a click, monitor critical parts of the GPU via the real time graph, overclock the memory & core, take manual control, and readily adjust the fans to your liking.
RGB LEDs are pretty much all over the place, so it’s no surprise that the GTX 1070 features these. On the card, it has those LEDs right on the shroud and at the back of the GPU. Plus, there are a couple effects present that can be managed via the Aura VGA software. You can easily have light and color actions merge easily with whatever theme you have on your build.
The Aura RGB LED lighting was designed to complement and match your gaming rig to display your tastes and preferences. Aura RGB offers you a wide spectrum of patterns, colors, and even the ability to connect lighting to a variety of things like in-game action, music, or even the CPU / GPU temperatures.
Also, the software is flexible and lets you easily program basic or advanced lighting effects. You’ll find a couple of pre-programmed effects for the lights and each of these can be tweaked individually.
All in all, there are a total of six lighting effects for the RGB LEDs and these include Static which is is always on, Breathing for fading in and out, Strobing to have flashing lights, GPU Temperature where colors change depending on the load of the GPU, Music Effect where the colors pulse and follow the rhythm of your tunes, and lastly, the Color Cycle which fades between the colors of the rainbow.
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
- PCI Express 3.0
- GDDR5 8GB
- OC Mode – GPU Boost Clock : 1860 MHz , GPU Base Clock : 1657 MHz
- Gaming Mode (Default) – GPU Boost Clock : 1835 MHz , GPU Base Clock : 1632 MHz
- Retail goods are with default Gaming Mode, OC Mode can be adjusted with one click on GPU Tweak II
- 8008 MHz
- Digital Max Resolution:7680×4320
- DVI Output : Yes x 1 (Native) (DVI-D)
- HDMI Output : Yes x 2 (Native) (HDMI 2.0)
- Display Port : Yes x 2 (Native) (Regular DP)
- HDCP Support : Yes
- 1 x 8-pin
- 2 x ROG Cable Ties
- 1 x CD
- 1 x Quick Guide
- ASUS GPU Tweak II & Driver
- 73 ” x 5.28 ” x 1.57 ” Inch
- 8 x 13.4 x4 Centimeter
Using the Product
When it comes to the power consumption, the ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1070 definitely met our expectations. The entire system’s total power consumption never reached higher than 300 Watts and that’s a really good thing. This is all thanks to the highly efficient NVIDIA Pascal construction combined with the ASUS SAP II power delivering system. These two working simultaneously gives you the best power management that you can have.
Of course, we tested the Strix GTX 1070 gaming graphics card and its stock fan profile maintained its temperature below 65 degrees celsius.
Considering that we were running the fans at stock highlights just how good this is. There is no need to tinker with the fan settings when it performs so well already. Obviously the option is there should you want to tweak things.
The Custom Cooler
Now, one of the good reasons to actually consider a non-reference graphics card is its custom cooler. ASUS’ ROG Strix GTX 1070 did a really outstanding job of keeping its core temperature nice and stable, even when it was under full load.
Another great thing is that even if it was running at low temperature, there was barely any sound or high noise during our tests. When it was idle, it was still silent though there was some slight noise with the fans during game time. The noise it made wasn’t alarming and you’d actually have to move close to hear this. During the whole testing process, the fans never became loud so we also appreciated that a lot.
We aren’t really that fond of the RGB LEDs when it comes to graphics cards but with the GTX 1070, it’s obvious that ASUS did extremely well with it. We have done a lot of tests and have seen quite a few frustrating attempts from other similar devices, but as we said earlier,
ASUS really nailed it. Its RGB lights perfectly match what we’ve set and its effects really work. Personally, a lot of us actually liked the area where the ROG logo can be found since the LEDs bleed really nicely from below and above the graphics card.
On Gaming & Power Consumption
Compared to the other graphics cards that we have tested, this ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1070 didn’t reach 300 Watts on our Watt meter; the others that we’ve tried made our system’s power consumption go all the way up to almost 345 Watts.
It was really surprising but we did confirm it after trying other three game benchmarks. It’s safe to say that playing heavy games for prolonged hours with the GTX 1070 has no issues at all. For power consumption, we’re giving ASUS two thumbs up for this.
Functionality & Aesthetics
We can definitely say that the cooling solution of this GTX 1070 from ASUS is nearly perfect when it comes to aesthetics and functionality. Not only that, but it’s actually good looking too. Add a customizable RGB lighting effect and it’ll get even better. Just remember that this GTX 1070 is pretty big though as long as your case can handle its bigger dimensions, then you’ll surely love what the GTX 1070 has to offer.
This card is obviously built to an extremely different standard compared to other cards that are around. As a result, the GTX 1070 is probably the most robust and refined graphics card that we’ve seen to date.
All in all, the Strix GTX 1070 is a great performer for a graphics card of its category. With slight tweaking, it becomes an excellent graphics card that performs better than other similar products in the market. It offers aesthetics, good build quality, and superb performance all at once.
The ASUS Strix line has always been providing high quality products, and the GTX 1070 Gaming graphics card doesn’t change this. In fact, it is more impressive than other products from the brand; it looks great for any theme, performs excellently with its factory overclock, and when it comes to its temperature, it remains cool while also being quiet with its Direct CU cooler. There isn’t anything to complain about this gaming graphics card.
The GTX 1070 is a noteworthy device since it performs above what this series is known to do, and more than what we have expected from it. All of the results from our tests were impressive – its temperatures, power consumption, as well as overclocking results are all outstanding.
We really liked that ASUS opted for another HDMI to improve VR compatibility instead of a Displayport on this graphics card. Another unique aspect of this device is its ASUS Fan Connect or the two 4-pin fan headers since these are able to deliver additional cool air when the card needs it.
ASUS provides everyone the things we’d expect from a well-known brand and with its features and high performance, we highly recommend this product to those who want to enhance their gaming experience.
Where to Buy
Grab yourself an Asus ROG Strix GTX 1070 OC for around $699AUD. For more information head on over to the product page.