ASUS ROG Strix RX Vega 56 Review

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The great benefit about the consistent shapes of PCBs and the flexible designs of major manufacturers coolers is that you already know exactly what the ASUS Strix RX Vega 56 will look like. The commitment to the Vega logo certainly makes a change to the Strix packaging. It grabs the eye if nothing else.

ASUS Strix RX Vega 56 Review  

The DirectCU cooler used on the Strix models has always looked the part and the Vega 56 is no exception. The combination of the angular top - all creases and grooves to direct the air flow away from the GPU - and the thick chunk of heavily finned aluminium makes the Strix look very purposeful.

ASUS Strix RX Vega 56 Review  
ASUS Strix RX Vega 56 Review  
ASUS Strix RX Vega 56 Review  
ASUS Strix RX Vega 56 Review  

As well as the more usual selection of DVI and DisplayPort outputs and 2x8pin PCIe power inputs, the Strix also has the now standard ASUS feature of fan headers and RGB light strip connectors. A perfect way to have your system look as good and stay as cool as the card itself. Given that 90% of our system cooling efforts are designed to keep the GPU frosty, it makes perfect sense to plug some case fans into the card and use that to control the fan speeds.

ASUS Strix RX Vega 56 Review  
ASUS Strix RX Vega 56 Review  

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Most Recent Comments

16-12-2017, 01:29:06

Seriously tempted to buy a Vega 56 solely because of Freesync - saving 100€+ on the monitor is kind of a big deal.Quote

16-12-2017, 02:25:11

Wow those temps and power draw results are seriously interesting! AMDs stock profiles are trash. Interested to find out other peoples OC results. Because if this is consistent then AMD are really making themselves look worse by running more hot and consuming more power than they need.

Also I really want to suggest testing in DX11 for Warhammer 1 and 2. DX12 in that game is very very inconsistent and more often than not worse performance even with AMD. It's hit or miss with AMD and definitely does worse on any Nvidia card.Quote

16-12-2017, 03:08:14

The cons is that the top MOSFET is still not fully covered by the cooling plate of the heatsink, resulting in extremely high vrm temp on that area just like what guru3d has shown on its vega64 strix review.Quote

16-12-2017, 09:44:33

If there is ever anything for a gamer and enthusiast to be interested in with Vega, it's what Tom has done here. 65°C at 1600Mhz is excellent. Power consumption is high, but if temperatures and performance is consistent and good then it's not a deal breaker for the majority of PC enthusiasts. Performance still isn't great when compared to the 1070Ti, but it would be a fun card to tweak. It's largely not worth it considering its current £560 price tag (that's what I paid for my faster 11Gbps GTX 1080), but it would be a fun project for those who have a lot of money to spare and are more interested in tweaking than gaming. Vega is more of a passion project than a good all round gaming card.Quote

17-12-2017, 01:09:41

Asus is really knocking it out of the park lately with their Strix cards....hell their Strix motherboards too. I've always been an Asus fan but they really just seem to be upping their game lately.Quote

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