Asus ROG Strix RX Vega 56

Vega is go­ing nova

PCPOWERPLAY - - Tech // Reviews - PRICE $ 1299 TBC www.asus.com.au

Re­viewinga card like the Asus ROG Strix RX Vega 56 is some­what dif­fi­cult at this time. Graph­ics cards might as well be called min­ing cards. Cur­rently, gamers are be­ing forced to pay crazy money for de­cent high res­o­lu­tion gam­ing per­for­mance in AAA games. Do you de­lay your up­grade or sell a kid­ney? Min­ing aside, Vega is ac­tu­ally a com­pe­tent gam­ing GPU and Asus have pro­duced a stel­lar de­sign in the ROG Strix Vega 56. It’s an ab­so­lute beast of a card that of­fers an ex­cel­lent fea­ture set.

Just look at this thing! It’s ef­fec­tively a triple slot de­sign, which is some­thing to keep in mind. The Strix Vega 56 is sim­ply miles ahead of noisy ref­er­ence cards. The Asus Strix is cooler and qui­eter thanks to its triple dust re­sis­tant fan im­ple­men­ta­tion, much larger fin sur­face area and lapped base for max­i­mum heat trans­fer. The card is fed by dual 8-pin power con­nec­tors which are def­i­nitely needed if you want to over­clock to any mean­ing­ful de­gree.

Asus have in­cluded some at­trac­tive RGB light­ing on the lovely back plate and on the shroud of the card. You can con­trol the light­ing with the Asus Aura Sync app and we have to say it looks re­ally good when paired with a moth­er­board like our Asus Max­imus IX Apex. The card has a to­tal of five video out­puts con­sist­ing of two DP v1.4, two HDMI 2.0b and one DVI-D port. Asus in­cludes a pair of fan head­ers for con­nect­ing to ad­ja­cent case fans that can ramp up when the card is un­der heavy load.

Gam­ing per­for­mance is strong, but not out­stand­ing com­pared to the Nvidia com­pe­ti­tion. It trades blows with the GTX 1070 Ti and as we see in To­tal War: Warhammer II, it even ends up ahead of the GTX 1080 at 1080p and 1440p. Dur­ing test­ing, the recorded tem­per­a­tures were ex­cel­lent with a high­est read­ing of just over 70c. Very good! Power con­sump­tion is a con­cern for all Vega cards with to­tal sys­tem draw at 463w. This goes to show just how ef­fec­tive the Strix cooler is. If it can han­dle this hun­gry GPU, it can han­dle any­thing.

Now we come to the crux of it. A wise man once said: There are no bad graph­ics cards, only bad prices. The min­ing craze means Vega cards are poor op­tions for gamers at this time due to ex­treme price in­fla­tion. If you’re a gamer, grab a GTX 1070 Ti or GTX 1080. The 1080 per­forms bet­ter, runs cooler, uses less power and doesn’t have the same level of price in­fla­tion.

Price aside, the Asus Strix Vega 56 is

shows just how ef­fec­tive the Strix cooler is. If it can han­dle this hun­gry GPU, it can han­dle any­thing

a de­cent gam­ing card. Sure it uses too much power for our lik­ing but in the end it pro­vides solid per­for­mance to go along with the unique AMD fea­tures like Freesync. That price though. No. Just no. Hav­ing said that, if the Vega cards ever come back to their RRPs then they be­come more com­pelling. CHRIS SZEWCZYK

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