A Closer Look
The Strix 2070 keeps the triple-fan design with light bar accents of former Strix designs minus the updated fans found on the bigger RTX cards.
The backplate is similar to ASUS’s previous Strix line of cards, a sleek brushed aluminum finish with an RGB-lit ROG eye.
The cooler is now a 2.7-slot design to give more space for the higher TDP of Turing powered GPU’s. a new stiffening frame keeps the GPU from sagging.
Nvidia’s default port arrangement includes three Display ports but ASUS swaps one of them for a second HDMI 2.0b port for better support of current VR setups. The new USB Type-C supporting VirtualLink is still here for future use.
The GPU is powered by a 6-pin and an 8-pin PCIe power connection. LED’s sit behind each plug to indicate power status. Red is bad, white is good.
There is a new ‘Stealth’ button on the rear of each card to instantly disable all lighting on the card. The 6pin connection point can be used for extreme overclockers to keep taps on card voltages. The small switch controls which BIOS the card uses at boot, one tuned for silence and the default ‘P’ mode for performance.
Former Strix GPU’s had connections for two external fans and RGB, but only the RGB header remained on the Strix RTX 2070Ti we recently tested. We are happy to report both fan headers are present on the RTX 2070 model.
Another good look from the PCIe side of the card reveals more of the sub-frame that gives the large and heavy card such good support.