Years ago, the word “Turbo” used to mean something, as if it was a magical super-thingy inside your PC that would do unspeakable things to the laws of physics in the name of improving performance. Well, in the case of the GTX 970 Turbo from ASUS, its only really going to look good inside your chassis, because it doesn’t do anything that a regular GTX 970 does. But it looks cool, doesn’t it?
ASUS is one of the few vendors that doesn’t have a reference-cooled GTX 970 design, where it uses the cooler designed by Nvidia that looks like it was lifted off the GTX Titan. The Turbo cooler is still based on the reference design, but it comes with a glossy plastic housing with what looks like a red metal insert near the fan towards the end of the cooler.
If you look closer, you’ll see that the circuit board ends before the cooler’s boundaries. ASUS is likely using the same circuit board design as their GTX 970 Mini, although when more pictures are released of the card we’ll know if it uses a single 8-pin PEG power connector, or the standard 6+6pin arrangement seen on the standard GTX 970. That still yields the same power draw, but knowing that a lot of cheap power supplies use poor quality cabling might force ASUS to use a dual 6-pin setup instead of drawing on just over 150W of power through a single cable.
Clock speeds are 1088MHz for the GPU at stock, boosting to 1228MHz (one of the widest ranges I’ve seen on a retail card). Memory frequencies should remain at 7.0GHz, resulting in up to 224GB/s of memory bandwidth. Keep in mind that Nvidia segments memory allocations on the GTX 970, so the 4GB of VRAM on this card will be effectively 3.5GB and 512MB, with the second memory pool running at lower speeds and with higher latency.
Display connectivity is well catered for with two DVI-D ports, one HDMI 2.0 port and one Displayport 1.2 connector. The GTX 970 Turbo is compatible with all of Nvidia’s recent technology, such as streaming through the GRID service and using G-Sync monitors for variable refresh rate capability. ASUS has not announced a price or launch date for the GTX 970 Turbo.