Not A Vega
This graphics card is still a contender for mid-to-high gaming, but it is certainly not an RX Vega card. However, it doesn’t mean it is gimped. The Polaris architecture in the GPU is nothing to scoff at, and it can go head-to-head with team green. The 2,304 shader processors gives it enough juice to render any games at high, if not ultra-high.
Power When You Need It
When games ask for more rendering power, the ASUS Strix RX 580 will do the job with no problem. The 8GB of GDDR5 RAM means all your textures will be loaded, and everything can go into high definition. Thanks to the ASUS three-fan setup, it will be kept cool; although, it can be annoyingly buzzing on full load. If you are in a quiet room, you will notice it. If you have headphones around you – nothing is lost.
As it is a Graphics Processing Unit (GPU), you would think rendering graphics on screen should be a piece of cake; and of course, it is. Running Rise of the Tomb Raider, the card peaked at a respectable 82fps at 1080p resolution. Unfortunately, it did falter on 4K resolution, hitting 29fps. Then again, most mainstream cards apart from the top-tier cards rendered similar framerate numbers, so it is still a win.
Some Other Features
The ASUS ROG Strix Gaming RX 580 features a DVI port alongside two HDMI 2.0 and two DisplayPort on-board. For the interested, this makes the GPU VR-Ready and waiting for your enjoyment. The GPU also features ASUS’ RGB control system – hook it to a header and turn it into your personal disco ball with your room acting as the dance floor. Something unique is that the fans on the GPU can be connected via headers to the motherboard for fine-tune controls of the speed.
Verdict: A gaming card that looks cool while keeping cool and pumping out polygons like no tomorrow.