Yeah a big issue is people thinking that flashing the Asus bios is giving us extra power when no one has actually measured it yet.
The Asus strix bios has a power draw of 275 and 330 max. Well when we flash it on the FE, we can only get up to 110% power draw on this bios... Guess 275X1.1= 300 watts, the maximum power draw of an FE card.
We're not getting any benefit with this bios and other users keep swearing on their mom's souls that they are getting improved performance when they haven't even done any real test to compare to one another.
It really irritates me that all the programs seem to want to quote the TDP numbers in percent rather than absolute values, which I think also confuses the issue as not everyone understands that 110% on the ASUS bios is not the same as 110% on the FE bios.
If you want absolute numbers, a quick and easy test is FurMark, as much as I know KedarWolf doesn't like it. It definitely blew up some VRMs a few generations of cards ago back before TDP limiting and monitoring was a thing, but on modern cards it's no harder on the card than anything else.
Try FurMark with the FE BIOS' TDP slider maxed out, and then with the ASUS BIOS' TDP slider maxed out. If you're worried about the health of your GPU and/or VRMs, only run it for as long as necessary for temps/clocks to stabilize.
Rather than using GPU-Z or Afterburner's percentages, if you want to really see the absolute power consumption that NVidia thinks the card is using, just add '-l 1' to the nvidia-smi.exe command to make it run in a continuous 1000ms polling loop and keep the window open with FurMark running.
nvidia-smi -q -d power -l 1
You should see your max power draw hitting very close to the advertised TDP limits within a few seconds of FurMark running, unless your limits are so high that even FurMark doesn't power throttle the GPU (my 1070 is fairly close actually, I can sustain 1923-1950mhz and with another 20w I'd probably be there)
With the stock non-OC bios and its 170W TDP limit the card would pull way back into the 1700s in FurMark.
==============NVSMI LOG============== Timestamp : Mon Apr 10 17:10:15 2017 Driver Version : 381.65 Attached GPUs : 1 GPU 0000:02:00.0 Power Readings Power Management : Supported Power Draw : 196.80 W Power Limit : 200.00 W Default Power Limit : 166.10 W Enforced Power Limit : 200.00 W Min Power Limit : 75.00 W Max Power Limit : 200.00 W Power Samples Duration : 2.37 sec Number of Samples : 119 Max : 199.14 W Min : 173.41 W Avg : 192.07 W