Has there been a better time to be a gamer? The quality of games and level of performance available from mid to high-end components in just staggering. For instance, this year has given us some of the best components from AMD in a very long time. Both Ryzen 3000 CPUs and 7nm Navi GPUs have stoked a confident fire under the devoted fans of Team Red and for good reason.
Not only is AMD’s 3900X competing at a high level with Intel’s flag ship i9-9900K in both single and multithreaded applications, but we’ve seen many reports that the Radeon RX 5700 XT has some hidden performance gains if you carefully undervolt the Navi GPUs to reduce thermals for an increased OC ceiling. Ali over at OptimuTech demonstrates performance differences using this technique to achieve a 2110MHz clock speed – just over 10% of the card’s max boost clock. Not bad at all!
Those tests were conducted on an AMD reference card, which uses an audible blower style cooler. But now AIBs like ASUS ROG are kicking out their custom variants with targeted cooling solutions for better thermals, more attractive looks and hopefully increased acoustic performance and overclocking potential. These new cards fall under the monikers – Strix, TUF and EVO.
Each of the new video cards is equipped with 8GB of GDDR6 of VRAM capable of 14Gbps transfer rate, 3x DisplayPorts 1.4 ports and a single HDMI 2.0b port. However only the mighty XT variant features 40 next-gen RDNA compute units equaling 2560 Radeon stream processors that make it a beast in 1440p gaming, while the offerings lower in the product stack make for ideal 1080p solutions for Esports and more casual gaming.
The ROG Strix Radeon RX 5700 XT features a 2.7-slot design, resulting in a rather tall card. ROG says the purpose of which is…, “…to make room for the most metal possible between circuit board and shroud.” The unit has a baseplate that uses the company’s MaxContact finishing technology, which is a fancy way of saying they use a custom machining technique with higher tolerances than industry standards. Here the baseplate permits improved contact between cooler and the silicon for better heat dissipation. It the card also utilizes a triple fan setup using ROG’s Axial-tech fans to bolster air pressure. Finally, what would ROG be without proper RGB bling seen on backplate and fan shroud.
The company’s TUF gaming line receives a pair of Navi cards called TUF Gaming X3. These boast a triple fan array that meet the IP5X standard for dust resistance around the ball bearings. ROG informs us that; “We also pack the sleeve bearings of these fans with a space-grade lubricant that delivers ball-bearing longevity without compromising on noise.” This is also a 2.7-slot card with ample heatpipes to draw away heat. The TUF Gaming X3 RX 5700 XT is rocking 2560 Stream processors while the TUF Gaming X3 Radeon RX 5700 features 2304 Stream processors.
Pulling up the rear is the adorable ASUS Dual Radeon RX 5700 EVO. ROG calls this one an entry point for new Navi users. However, it’s no slouch with 2304 Stream processors, plenty of RGB LED support and shortened two-fan form factor.
We’re sure to see other AIB partners push out additional custom variants soon to suit various styles and form factors. Are you in the market for a new Radeon RX 5700? If so which company’s offerings are speaking to you?
Source: ROG ASUS