ASUS Strix R9 380X Review

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The design team might have stepped back somewhat from the owl motif on their actual products, but the packaging still has that scary bugger front and centre. It makes us glad we're not field mice. The Strix R9 380X has ASUS' Direct CU II cooler in place, so it should be lovely and quiet with plenty of cooling capacity.

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If a picture tells a thousand words then the looks of the Strix definitely tells the story of how hard they're trying to ensure that this is the best possible R9 380X. Because of the smaller PCB than usual there is some overhang, but there is no doubt that you couldn't cram any more cooling ability onto this.

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This has to be one of the fattest heatpipes we've seen in a while. Usually it's a selection of thinner ones, but why tap at the problem with a plastic hammer when you can use a sledge. It's a monster.

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The business end of the R9 380X Strix is two six pin PCIe inputs and outputs are handled by twin DVI, a single HDMI and a single DisplayPort.

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19-11-2015, 12:19:48

dwatterworth
What the what?!?!
That thing must be the teenager of the AMD group, it's all over the place!
That has got to be the most confusing set of results ever, especially beating a 980 in one test???Quote

19-11-2015, 23:25:13

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by dwatterworth View Post
What the what?!?!
That thing must be the teenager of the AMD group, it's all over the place!
That has got to be the most confusing set of results ever, especially beating a 980 in one test???
Something is definitely wrong here in these tests. Every other review site consistently shows this card dominating the 960(it's closest Nvidia compeition) and every other card under the 390/970. It's the king of hill as far as it's price segment goes. Also all the reviews i have read aren't using the Strix(from what I have seen so far) and have had pretty good results in OC'ing hitting at least 1110/1600. This could suggest a bad Strix card OC3D received which would point towards the outlier results. It could also be a bad driver install but that wouldn't explain the OC'ing results so I'm thinking this is a bad card. But I would agree with you that these results surprised me too after reading other reviews.Quote

20-11-2015, 04:28:34

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by NeverBackDown View Post
Something is definitely wrong here in these tests. Every other review site consistently shows this card dominating the 960(it's closest Nvidia compeition) and every other card under the 390/970. It's the king of hill as far as it's price segment goes. Also all the reviews i have read aren't using the Strix(from what I have seen so far) and have had pretty good results in OC'ing hitting at least 1110/1600. This could suggest a bad Strix card OC3D received which would point towards the outlier results. It could also be a bad driver install but that wouldn't explain the OC'ing results so I'm thinking this is a bad card. But I would agree with you that these results surprised me too after reading other reviews.
We review what we get. 1110 isnt that much more than the stock clock we got and Id seriously think twice about benching it all again. I can assure though that their were no anomalies with our testing and we have reported it exactly how we should have.

Can only polish a rebrand so much matey. Meh card is meh. /end.Quote

20-11-2015, 13:02:20

NeverBackDown
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Originally Posted by tinytomlogan View Post
We review what we get. 1110 isnt that much more than the stock clock we got and Id seriously think twice about benching it all again. I can assure though that their were no anomalies with our testing and we have reported it exactly how we should have.

Can only polish a rebrand so much matey. Meh card is meh. /end.
This isn't a rebrand and calling it that is wrong. The previous 280x wasn't even using the same GCN architecture. There are a lot of underhood improvements between them and is why other reviews show this being faster than any other amd card that has 2048 cores but different GCN architectures. In addition to that it has more TMUs in comparison, It also consumes less power(from 30-50 watts depending on where you look) because it's more efficient just to top it off that its not a rebrand. You should know all this technical stuff dude.

Oh and in overclocking, 1110 was a conservative avg. I've seen some hit nearly 1150 and then over 6500 on the memory. All of them Nitro cards. I just think Asus again has made a bad amd card. Alternatively Sapphire could just be getting the best cores atm but seeing as how cool and quiet they are in comparison, it's up for debate on quality between the two. Imo sapphire just have the better card but I'm hoping XFX and MSI reviews are also as good as the Nitro has been.

I'm not saying you are lieing in the review but just in comparison to every other review yours is the only outlier result. It's just weird and strange is allQuote

20-11-2015, 14:49:29

tinytomlogan
Its not a bad card at all, its more than capable. The core at the heart isnt all that when tested how we doQuote
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