Those looking forward to the ASUS ROG STRIX RX 480 video card will have to wait a bit longer as the company just announced this model won't start shipping until mid-August.
There will be two versions of the STRIX 480. The ROG STRIX-RX480-8G-GAMING has 1266MHz Boost clock in Gaming Mode and 1286MHz Boost in OC Mode, whereas the
ROG STRIX-RX480-O8G-GAMING has a 1310MHz Boost clock in Gaming Mode and 1330MHz Boost in OC Mode.
ROG Strix RX 480 is the next-generation graphics card from AMD, featuring the new Polaris 10 XT at the core based on a new 14nm FinFET fabrication node (previously 28nm) to bring you a new level of performance with less heat. You'll be hard-pressed to find another card with such performance to run VR (virtual reality) games at this price point.
The GPU (graphics processing unit) comes factory-overclocked to 1330MHz in OC mode with headroom for further tweaking (1310MHz boost clock in gaming mode) and is paired with 8GB of GDDR5 video memory operating at 8GHz on the 256-bit memory bus. This translates to a performance boost of 15% in 3DMark Fire Strike and 19% in the latest games such as DOOM and Hitman compared to reference.
Auto-Extreme and Super Alloy Power II Technology
Just as other ROG Strix graphics cards, only the best components and manufacturing process is acceptable. Auto-Extreme technology employs a 100% automated manufacturing process which requires premium Super Alloy Power II components to be used. The graphics cards produced are consistently higher quality, run quieter, more efficiently and cooler which in turn makes them overclock better, more stable and last longer. The process is also environmentally friendly, eliminating harsh chemicals and reducing power consumption by 50% during production.
Redesigned Power Allocation
Power allocation has been redesigned compared to reference. ROG Strix RX 480 with the use of a custom VRM (voltage regulator module) and PCB (printed circuit board) draws 100% of the GPU power from the PCIe power connectors (rather than splitting the load between the connector and the PCIe slot). Such a design ensure that the PCIe slot specifications for power consumption is not breached (the card may throttle if breached).
Exclusive ASUS Features and Technologies
The new GPU together with the DirectCU III cooling solution with triple wing-blade fans results in a graphics card that is three times quieter and 30% cooler than reference, only by having this level of thermal performance can this card incorporate 0dB technology which makes the card completely silent during casual gaming. The black metal shroud and backplate with new Aura RGB lighting which comes with six lighting effects can surely match almost any system. FanConnect technology incorporates two 4-pin GPU-controlled headers, allowing you to control dedicated case fans to cooling the area around the graphics card specifically. GPU Tweak II will provide easy one-click overclocking while a professional mode is still available for advanced users, XSplit Gamecaster is also included to stream or record gameplay.
The ROG Strix series of graphics cards are the only ones with a dedicated HDMI port for VR, rest assured you won't be having any problems connecting to a VR set if you already have an HDMI monitor connected. There are two DisplayPort 1.4, two HDMI 2.0 and a DVI-D port. AMD FreeSync will make sure you're getting smooth gameplay when using supported gaming monitors such as MG248Q, MG28UQ or MG24UQ.