Asus Strix Introduction
Asus' new range of products
Published: 23rd June 2014 | Source: Asus |
The highly successful ROG line from Asus has been with us for years now and it has generally been renowned for being the branding behind all of Asus’ top end products. We’ve seen the latest ROG Poseidon GTX 780, along with the already incumbent ROG Matrix range high end graphics cards. Along with the prestige of owning these products carrying the ROG name, there also comes a fairly high price tag attached.
Now, Asus have released a new branding range alongside ROG named Strix. This is set to be a more gaming derived alternative to the ROG name, but keeping in terms with the great looks and quality we’ve come to expect from ROG and Asus.
'Strix' comes from the Latin word for 'owl' and it's clear to see that the Strix range of products have been designed around this. Areas such as silence have been carefully looked at on the 780 which has been designed around an owl's silent wings, along with crystal clear audio positioning which again has been designed around an owl's hearing.
First to show off, we’ve got the GTX 780 Strix. This employs a mainly black colour scheme with minimal red accents, whilst the comparable ROG units show far more red. Under the new cooler, we find the same heatsink design as the DCII units from Asus which we all know have proved themselves time and time again. However, the fans of the Strix do boast an impressive feature which we haven’t seen on any other high end graphics cards. Under idle loads the fans will remain entirely passive which is great for running a silent system which will still perform great in more stressful scenarios.
Along with the impressive fan technology, the 780 Strix is one of the first 780 we’ve seen with 6GB of vRAM. Other cards have been announced with 6GB such as the EVGA ACX 6GB, but it is still great to see that the Strix is competing even on factors such as this with the very high end cards. It’s also worth noting that the ROG cards don’t currently have 6GB models for the GTX 780. We do also find a backplate on the Strix 780 which is also nice to see.
The Strix line also includes peripherals as well as internal components. So far, we’ve only got information regarding the Strix Pro Gaming Headset, but we are hopeful that other peripherals will be released in time.
The Strix is made from a high quality plastic in a matte black colour which we do think looks really good. The headset is a semi-open backed design, and there’s a design on each cup which have been designed to symbolize an owl’s eyes. As previously mentioned, the brand name ‘Strix’ comes from the Latin word for Owl, and so the products are designed around this to show silence and precision.
The Strix Pro comes with its own volume control built into the cable, and through this we also have environmental noise cancellation. This cancels out ambient noise so team mates can’t heat noises around you such as a mechanical keyboard click or other people talking in the background.
The headset has 60mm neodymium magnets which are designed to give the most accurate and high quality sound. This means bass levels should be punchier and all enemy footsteps should more easily be heard.
We’re really impressed with the features and quality of the Strix range so far and we’re hoping to see more products in the near future. You can discuss your thoughts on the OC3D Forums.