This is the TOP OC edition that comes with maximum clocks. This three fan cooled mainstream graphics card series will allow you to play your games in both the Full HD 1080P range as well as gaming in WQHD (2560x1440) range. As always ASUS ROG has a few strix tricks up their sleeves. And all that at a rather reasonable price of roughly 269 USD. This review is all about Polaris 20, a code-name indicative of the mainstream Radeon RX 580 series, The new GPU is basically the same as the Radeon RX 480, it however is fabbed with a 3rd generation 14nm process which is a little more refined. That results into a GPU that can be clocked and boosted a notch faster.
This Radeon RX 580 is armed with 8 GB graphics memory which will be clocked at 8.0 Gbps / 256-bit to give you a little more leash with the higher resolutions and image quality settings. The reference clocked product will run with clock frequencies up-to 1257 MHz on its 2304 shader processors with a 1340 Boost, this model comes clocked in at 1411 MHz at default settings. The card itself is a dual-slot solution, it is composite heat-pipe based, the GPU is cooled by a nickel-plated copper base plate connected to heat pipes on this MAXCONTACT series graphics card. In low-load situations the fans stop spinning when they are not needed. Up-to roughly 60 Degrees C thus the fans will not spin. The LEDs embedded in this graphics card can be controlled with the ASUS AURA APP and is RGB configurable with a few animations as well. Also, check out that backside where there is a thick sturdy metal back-plate with some venting spaces applied as well. BTW the ROG logo is LED RGB lit as well.
Let’s dig deep in the design elements of this card and explore the mighty and the beauty of it. This card has the unique and stylish cooler shroud. The cooler shroud is made of plastic. Top and bottom cutouts on the cooler have LEDs on them which can be controlled with AURA Graphics Card software available on Asus website. The Central fan has ASUS brand name sticker pasted in white color on its fan hub whereas the other two fans have ROG Eye stickers pasted on the fan hub. With the curves, edges and grooves Asus not only has able to maintain the typical Strix looks it is known for but has given the user what could be described as one of the most stunning design.
On the back side of the graphics card, we have a same metal back plate as has been on the Rx 400 series cards. It has printed lines in a pattern to signify Strix concept. We’ve large size ROG Eye in white background. This section is implemented with RGB LED and really adds to the cool looks of the card when in use. We can see one 8-pin power connector. There are what seem to be soldered overclocking tweaking points right next to the power connectors which are labelled from the inside or on the front side of the PCB. One of the screws on the GPU bracket is covered with the white sticker. Peeling or tearing that would void the warranty.
The bottom side of the card clearly shows the two fin stacks on the cooler. Thermal pads have been used to the possible point of contacts between PCB and the cooler. PCB color is black. This card has 7+1 power phases using Super Alloy Power II components. These components would enhance the efficiency, reduce the power loss and would achieve sustained thermal levels.
Asus includes two DisplayPorts, a pair of HDMI ports, and a DVI-I connection. The pair of HDMI ports should come in handy for folks who want to use the RX 580 for virtual reality, as VR headsets rely on that connection. Power’s handled by a single 8-pin connector.
All in all, the Strix RX 580 Top OC is gorgeous, gigantic, and loaded with premium features. Asus is clearly aiming for the top of the heap here. But does that massive cooler result in something special? Let’s take it to the test bench.
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