AMD’s recent launch of the new Radeon 500 series lineup is touted to offer better performance improvements over the previous Radeon 400 graphics cards. We take a look at the ASUS Strix Radeon RX 580 OC and find out if the new Polaris cards are worth your consideration.
Design and Features
ASUS is still in love with the same Strix chassis that has been used throughout all their high-end graphics cards from the past one year. However, the latest Strix Radeon RX 580 OC has a 40% bigger heat sink than the one found in the previous Strix Radeon RX 480. ASUS gave the same treatment for the Strix GTX 1080 Ti graphics card.
The same goes for the new IP5X certified dust resistant and patented Wing-Blade fans for maximum airflow. The ASUS MaxConnect features twice the direct heat transferring capability from the GPU and the ASUS AURA lighting system is the same to light up the card. While we usually trust ASUS cards for their enhanced durability and efficiency of internal components, we did notice that the card produced a high-pitched buzz when the GPU was under load. This is honestly the first time that we had come across a Strix card with this problem. On the contrary, we did come across the same issue with the AMD Fury X and Fury Nano card.
NOTE: After informing ASUS Middle East about the issue, we were told to enable V-Sync during gameplay as a workaround to stop the buzz. But we understand that may not be a sufficient fix for those who wants to squeeze out all the performance that they can get from the card. We hope that the issue will get fixed soon over a firmware update.
The back plate is not something we haven’t seen before. The card comes with one DVI-D port, two HDMI 2.0 ports, and two regular ports. You will need an 8-pin power connector to run this card.