Just before Computex, Asus announced its Strix series: two cards, a GTX 780 and an R9 280. These are quite high-end parts, and those of us hoping for cheaper cards with the Strix features had to wait, until now.
The new Asus Strix GTX 750 Ti OC graphics card comes with the same cooling concept: a DirectCU II cooler, with fans that will switch off when temperatures are low. The fans will spin down when the GPU temperature is below 50°C, according to Asus, which also claims that you’ll be able to play Counter-Strike Online without having the fans spin up. Even when the fans spin up, they won’t make that much noise.
Clock speeds are set at 1124 MHz base, with a GPU Boost frequency of 1202 MHz. The card comes with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, which runs at an effective speed of 5400 MHz over a 128-bit memory interface.
Hopefully Asus will expand the lineup of Strix cards. We’d like to see more mid-range and high-end options. While entry-level cards can sometimes be passively cooled, we simply cannot expect that from high-end cards. Allowing the fans to switch off at lower temperatures is an acceptable compromise for most.
The Strix GTX Ti OC will be available worldwide by the end of July.