Power straight from the box
ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 580 Gaming OC Edition
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.