ASUS reveals its Radeon RX 6800 XT lineup, with a custom-liquid cooled Strix flagship
The ROG Strix LC Edition Looks Awesome
Published: 29th October 2020 | Source: ASUS |
ASUS reveals its Radeon RX 6800 XT lineup, with a custom liquid-cooled Strix flagship
ROG Strix LC RX 6800 XT
To start things off, ASUS has revealed their ROG Strix LC RX 6800 XT, a custom liquid-cooled Big Navi graphics card which is designed to deliver the highest performance levels from AMD's RDNa 2 lineup with customised fans, a 240mm radiator and enough coolant hose to fir the graphics card into EATX systems.
With their ROG Strix LC design, ASUS is giving its users a unique look and the promise of low noise levels. The front of the graphics card is illuminated by addressable RGB LEDs, highlighting the GPU's ROG logo and the graphics card's other design features.
The liquid cooler's large cold plate is designed to cool both the Radeon RX 6800 XT's GPU core and GDDR6 memory modules, addressing most of the graphics card's cooling needs. When necessary, a blower fan on the graphics card will deliver additional airflow to keep the GPU's power circuitry cool under high loads. However, this fan should never need to spin very fast given the lower power usage of these components.
Sadly, ASUS has not revealed the clock speeds and performance levels that this new Radeon RX 6800 XT graphics card will offer, though we can look forward to seeing more of this GPU in the future.
ROG Strix RX 6800 XT
With a massive 2.9 slot cooler, ASUS' ROG Strix RX 6800 XT is a beast, offering ample cooling performance on air with its three fans and the heatsinks' MaxContact baseplate.
Unlike the ROG Strix RTX 3080, ASUS' Radeon RX 5800 XT model only makes use of dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors, highlighting the graphics card's efficiency when compared to Nvidia's offering. ASUS doesn't need to offer three 8-pin power connectors to deliver gamers ROG-level performance from AMD's Radeon RX 6800 XT, and that's great news for gamers and their power bills.
Design-wise, this graphics card is very similar to Nvidia's RTX 3080 Strix model, though the design has been optimised for Radeon hardware. Aesthetically, both cards will be almost identical.
Next up we have ASUS' RX 5800 XT TUF Gaming, which will make up the lower-end segment of ASUS' RX 6800 XT lineup, offering users a three-fan heatsink design and will utilise dual 8-pin PCIe power connectors. The graphics card will feature a BIOS switch for a Quiet Mode and a Performance Mode, which can be switched depending on the user's preferences.
Like the ROG Strix model, ASUS says that their new RX 6800 XT and RX 6800 TUF Gaming GPUs will release with 2,9-slot heatsinks and with he company's latest axial fan designs.
ASUS plans to reveal region-specific pricing, clock speeds and other data points about these products in the near future.
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