ASUS ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT Review
Published: 12th August 2019 | Source: ASUS | Price: |
The ASUS Radeon RX 5700 XT Strix will look familiar to anyone who has seen any other Strix graphics card before. When the design works so well and has been honed to a high sheen then it makes perfect sense not to change a winning formula and the RX 5700 XT Strix sticks rigidly to the plan. A triple fan cooler with plenty of angles and vents keep airflow at a maximum whilst also eliminating any areas of low pressure - dead spots - whilst the backplate ensures that any heat which is generated is spread across the widest surface area and lessens the build up of hot spots.
Beneath the trim shroud you can see the meaty heatsink in all its glory. We speak a lot about fin density here at OC3D and whenever you can maximise the ratio between the amount of fins and the amount of room for air to move, you have the largest possible surface area being cooled by the largest possible amount of air, and the Strix has fins in abundance. It isn't only fins that help draw any heat from the PCB, as there are also some fat heat pipes helping transfer that heat around the card giving it the best possible opportunity to be dissipated.
If you are weary of the light show that RGB has brought to modern hardware then you can turn it off with a simple button on the back of the card. No fannying about with software required.
ASUS like to bring all their technological weight to bear wherever possible and, like so many of their recent products, the RX 5700 XT Strix is more than just a simple graphics card as it also includes an RGB LED Strip header as well as two fan connectors. This is perfect if you have a fan placed at the bottom of your case that can, on demand, bring fresh cool air into your case and into the lungs of the Direct CU fans.
Lastly the inputs and outputs of the Strix follow the established AMD pattern of an 8+8 pin PCI Express power input, and three DisplayPort outputs alongside a single HDMI.