ASUS ROG Strix RX 480 Announced: Tri-Fan Design, RGB Lighting
Partners have started rolling out their custom RX 480 variants and Asus is also one of them. We saw earlier a leak regarding the Asus ROG Strix RX 480. Now the company has confirmed that such a thing exists and the Asus ROG Strix RX 480 will soon be hitting the market.
AMD GPUs do tend to run a bit hotter and the reference fan is not really a great blower. If you are worried about that kind of thing about the RX 480 then rest assured the custom Asus ROG Strix RX 480 will not have this problem as the custom aftermarket RX 480s are equipped with better fans that will keep the card running cool and quiet.
This triple fan design will ensure that heat is dissipated as quickly as possible. You also have the FanConnect feature on the Asus ROG Strix RX 480 which will allow you to sync your PC case fans with the GPU so that they can run according to the GPU instead of the case as a whole.
The motherboard overlooks the GPU temperature and turns on the fans according to CPU temperature. With the Asus ROG Strix RX 480, you can change that and assign fans to your GPU while other fans can sync with the CPU as they normally would. This is a great way to ensure that both the CPU and GPU are running cool.
The Asus ROG Strix RX 480 also includes Aura RGB lighting so you can set the lights according to your build theme if you are someone like me. You also get an extra HDMI port for VR, which is a big deal as we have already seen issues with the 10 series GPUs by Nvidia. Having an extra HDMI port ensures you will not have any problems in VR. After all the RX 480 is following the same goal.
Having an extra HDMI port ensures you will not have any problems in VR. After all the RX 480 is supposed to be bringing VR to the masses and the Asus ROG Strix RX 480 is following that goal as well.
This GPU will have a boost clock of 1,310MHz out of the box. This means that you will have some room for further overclocking as well. I am sure that due to the better cooling on the Asus ROG Strix RX 480 you will be able to get way more power than you got on the reference RX 480.
The GTX 1060 is coming out in about 24 hours and we will see how it performs against the RX 480, the budget king. It is supposed to beat it. Only time will tell and that time is not far away now.