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ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 580 Gam­ing OC Edi­tion

HWM (Malaysia) - - TEST - by John Law

When AMD’s Po­laris RX 480 made its ap­pear­ance in the midrange mar­ket last year, its GPU was not with­out its prob­lems. From volt­age is­sues to un­der­per­form­ing, AMD made it a point to ad­dress those is­sues and re­leased the new Po­laris Re­fresh GPU in the form of the Radeon RX 580. In this re­view, we’ll be tak­ing a look at the ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 580 Gam­ing OC Edi­tion to see how much of an im­prove­ment has been made to the GPU.

As it is with all ROG Strix cards, you’re not miss­ing much in terms of de­sign, es­pe­cially if you’re a proud owner of an ASUS card that was launched be­tween 2016 and to­day. De­spite be­ing a midrange card, this RX 580 is a card still decked out with the same triple-fan cool­ing so­lu­tion and that in­cred­i­bly long and siz­able heatsink. Even the back of the card has been gra­ciously wrapped up with a back­plate, which adds yet an­other layer of pro­tec­tion, and it also acts as an im­promptu heatsink for the card if it gets too hot.

RGB is still present with this card (we doubt it’s ever go­ing to go away), mean­ing that you can ob­vi­ously get this card to glow all the col­ors of the rain­bow via ASUS’ on­board Aura Sync RGB soft­ware.

Alas, like the Radeon RX400 se­ries cards be­fore it, this RX 580 suf­fers from a long stand­ing prob­lem: ex­tremely lim­ited over­clock­ing head­room. Com­pared to Ge Force-based cards, many Radeon-based graph­ics cards tend to come out of the box ag­gres­sively over­clocked, and the ROG Strix Radeon RX 580 Gam­ing OC Edi­tion is no ex­cep­tion to the rule. Even de­spite our best ef­forts, the most we ever got to push out of the card (on top of its max­i­mum clock speed) was an ad­di­tional 40MHz.

De­spite its over­clock­ing lim­i­ta­tions, it’s ob­vi­ous that the card is no slouch. On 3DMark, we saw 4,053 points on Time Spy, 11,855 on Fire Strike, and 5,888 on Fire Strike Ex­treme. On the new Unig­ine Su­per­po­si­tion, the new bench­mark that we’ve used to re­place the older Heaven bench­mark, the card scored 3,763 points, and this was with the res­o­lu­tion set at WQHD (2,560 x 1,440) and the de­tail lev­els set on High (with tex­ture and shader de­tails also set on high), as well as on the DirectX API.

Gam­ing was a rel­a­tively de­cent, if not mod­er­ate ex­pe­ri­ence. On graph­i­cally - de­mand­ing ti­tles such as Deus Ex: Mankind Di­vided and Tom Clancy’s Ghost Re­con Wild­lands, we were get­ting ac­cept­able frame rates be­tween 38 and 43 fps, which is still very playable.

CON­CLU­SION The ROG Strix Radeon RX 580 Gam­ing OC Edi­tion per­forms as well as it looks, right out of the box.

That score is ac­tu­ally pretty good for this new bench­mark, es­pe­cially for a midrange card.

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