Subtlety at its best
ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RX 480
Another year has gone by, and AMD’s enthusiast-level Radeon RX Vega is almost upon us, and the company’s RX 400 series card is also due for a refresh (at the time of writing, dubbed the RX 500 series). But until that happens, ASUS was kind enough to pass us the ROG Strix Gaming RX 480.
Like all ROG Strix Gaming graphics cards, ASUS’ customcooled variant of the card is outlandish and is designed to stand out from the rest of the crowd. Despite its mid-tier status, the card is wrapped in ASUS’ three-fan, Direct CU III cooling solution, along with a black machined and brushed aluminum backplate that provides a fair amount of rigidity to the card’s shape, and also acts as a passive heatsink for the card.
Just like every other card that came out during the middle of 2016, this ROG Strix Gaming RX 480 is also fitted with ASUS’ own Aura Sync RGB lighting options. These lights pulsate in a slow and controlled tempo by default, with colors ranging from bright orange to beetroot purple. And like all RGBequipped components, you can control how it reacts via the ASUS Aura Sync software.
Compared to the reference RX 480, this ROG Strix Gaming RX 480 has a longer PCB and it also requires a single 8-pin PCIe power connector, instead of the standard 6-pin – understandable, considering that the card has been souped up to run at a core clock speed of 1,330MHz right out of the box.
That brings us to the subject of overclocking. Surprisingly, the ROG Strix Gaming RX 480 is actually overclockable, but much like other RX 480s tested prior, you don’t really have a lot of headroom to play around with. At best, we were only able to push the card’s clock speed up by an additional five percent. However, do note that on top of increasing the clock speeds, you will also need to increase the core voltage as well if you’re going to want to see any form graphical improvement.
As expected, performance was solid with this card: On 3DMark’s Fire Strike and Fire Strike Extreme, the card scored 11,327 and 5,749 points, respectively. At a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 (1440p), we ran the Unigine Heaven benchmark on the card, the end result providing an average frame rate reading of 49 fps on the test. In terms of gaming, we were getting some relatively decent frame rates with our titles. On Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, we were getting 50 fps on average at 1,440p, and on the latest Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, the card was hovering anywhere between 44 and 57 fps.
For RM1,599, the ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RX 480 is definitely a card that falls into our ‘Recommended’ list.
The card may look loud, but it’s definitely justified.