Asus Strix RX Vega64 Early Hands On Review
Published: 25th August 2017 | Source: ASUS | Price: |
As you saw earlier on in the week we've recently looked at the latest Radeon RX Vega graphics cards. Our first ones were the standard AMD reference cards with a blower fan, and we postulated that the partner cards should hopefully tame the heat and noise whilst also providing slightly more consistent performance.
Enter ASUS Republic Of Gamers brand with their Strix models.
When the Strix was first launched it was difficult to quite see where they fit into the ASUS range. At the high end you had Rampage and Maximus motherboards whilst on the GPU front it was all about the Matrix. However, the Strix brand quickly established itself as the big selling, high feature products in the ASUS range. The owl-heavy imagery might have been toned down but it has been replaced with RGB lighting, high performance, great looks, consistently good build quality and aggressive pricing. All the things that tempt us to open our wallets.
Such was the deadline pressure placed upon us by ASUS we're just looking at the Strix Vega64 in 'plug and play' mode today plus we had to travel to their offices and were given just a few hours to grab what ever testing we could, it'll still be fun to see how it compares to the AMD option. We do have to make it very clear this was tested in balanced mode, the card is still in its infancy and the full settings for the Turbo mode and what will be possible in the custom mode are still be worked on
The big change between the AMD Vega cards and the Strix - besides the DirectCU cooler of course - is the reappearance of the DVI-D output. Most of us by now have HDMI or DisplayPort monitors, but usually when we buy a new one our old one gets moved from primary monitor to secondary monitor for dual-screen loveliness, so it's nice to be able to connect it up to the Strix.