Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini Review

January 15, 2015 | 10:05

Tags: #gtx-970 #maxwell #mini-itx

Companies: #asus

Asus GeForce GTX 970 DirectCU Mini Overclocking Results

To overclock the GTX 970 DirectCU Mini, we first set its power and temperature limits to the maximum permitted: 110 percent and 91°C respectively. Some cards let you push the power limit further than this, but with only one power connector the 110 percent limit is not surprising. It also didn't stop us from achieving a very good overclock on the core, which we pushed to a base clock of 1,309MHz, a 220MHz or 20 percent increase. At this speed its boost clock is 1,448MHz, and though we observed a maximum frequency of 1,549MHz it was typically somewhere between 1,440MHz and 1,500MHz in games, which is still fantastic.

As for the memory, we were able to crank this up to 7.8GHz without issues, though beyond this glitches and crashes started to happen. This is on par with most over GTX 900 series cards we've seen, and is a healthy 11 percent boost that takes the memory bandwidth from 224GB/sec to 249.6GB/sec.

Overclocking - Battlefield 4

2,560 x 1,440, DirectX 11, 'Ultra' Settings

  • AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8GB
  • Galax GTX 970 EXOC Black Edition 4GB (OC)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black 6GB
  • Asus GTX 970 DirectCU Mini 4GB (OC)
  • MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G 4GB (OC)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB
  • Asus Strix GTX 970 DirectCU II OC 4GB (OC)
  • EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX2 4GB (OC)
  • AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB
  • Galax GTX 970 EXOC Black Edition 4GB
  • EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX2 4GB
  • MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G 4GB
  • Asus GTX 970 DirectCU Mini 4GB
  • Asus Strix GTX 970 DirectCU II OC 4GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 3GB
  • AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB
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Overclocking - Crysis 3

2,560 x 1,440, 0x AA, 16x AF, 'Very High' Settings

  • AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB
  • EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX2 4GB (OC)
  • Galax GTX 970 EXOC Black Edition 4GB (OC)
  • Asus GTX 970 DirectCU Mini 4GB (OC)
  • MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G 4GB (OC)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black 6GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB
  • Asus Strix GTX 970 DirectCU II OC 4GB (OC)
  • Galax GTX 970 EXOC Black Edition 4GB
  • AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB
  • EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX2 4GB
  • MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G 4GB
  • Asus GTX 970 DirectCU Mini 4GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 3GB
  • AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB
  • Asus Strix GTX 970 DirectCU II OC 4GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 770 2GB
  • AMD Radeon R9 280X 3GB
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Overclocking - Unigine Valley 1.0

2,560 x 1,440, 0x AA, 'Ultra' Quality

  • AMD Radeon R9 295X2 8GB
  • Galax GTX 970 EXOC Black Edition 4GB (OC)
  • MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G 4GB (OC)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 4GB
  • Asus GTX 970 DirectCU Mini 4GB (OC)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black 6GB
  • Asus Strix GTX 970 DirectCU II OC 4GB (OC)
  • EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX2 4GB (OC)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3GB
  • Galax GTX 970 EXOC Black Edition 4GB
  • EVGA GTX 970 SC ACX2 4GB
  • MSI GTX 970 Gaming 4G 4GB
  • Asus Strix GTX 970 DirectCU II OC 4GB
  • Asus GTX 970 DirectCU Mini 4GB
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 780 3GB
  • AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB
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