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Review: Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX 480 OC

by Tarinder Sandhu on 27 July 2016, 15:01

Tags: ASUSTeK (TPE:2357), AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Testing methodology

Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX 480 OC

GPU Comparisons

Power Config
Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX 480 OC
Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1060 OC

HEXUS Graphics Test Bench

Hardware Components Product Page
Processor Intel Core i7-6700K (overclocked to 4.4GHz)
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D15S
Motherboard Asus Z170 Pro
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 32GB (2x16GB) DDR4-2400
Power Supply be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 850W
Primary Storage 256GB Samsung 950 Pro
Secondary Storage 512GB SK hynix Canvas SC300
Chassis Fractal Design Define R5 Windowed
Monitor Philips Brilliance 4K Ultra HD LED (288P6LJEB/00)
Operating system Windows 10 (64-bit)

Benchmark Suite

Synthetic Benchmarks
3DMark Fire Strike, Fire Strike Extreme, Fire Strike Ultra, Time Spy and Stability Tests
Gaming Benchmarks and Settings
Dirt Rally 4xMSAA, Ultra Quality
Doom TSSAA (8TX), Open GL and Vulkan, Ultra Quality
Fallout 4 TAA, Ultra Quality
Hitman DX12, SMAA, Maximum Quality
Rise of the Tomb Raider DX12, FXAA, Very High Quality
Tom Clancy's The Division FXAA, Ultra Quality
Total War: Warhammer DX12, MLAA, Ultra Quality
General Benchmarks
Power Consumption To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record system-wide mains power draw both when idle and while playing Dirt Rally.
Temperature To emulate real-world usage scenarios, we record GPU core temperature both when idle and while playing Dirt Rally.
Noise A PCE-318 meter is used to record noise levels when idle and while playing Dirt Rally.
Overclocking Maintaining out-the-box voltage, we increase the card's power target and aim for an optimal balance of core and memory overclock. With the heightened frequencies in place, the 3DMark, Dirt Rally and Rise of the Tomb Raider tests are re-run at 4K UHD settings.


To minimise the impact of any CPU bottlenecks, our test platform is configured with a quad-core Intel Core i7-6700K processor overclocked to 4.4GHz across all cores and 32GB of Crucial Ballistix Sport LT DDR4 memory set to run at 2,400MHz using the built-in XMP profile.

For our high-end benchmark suite, we have an array of games tested at FHD (1,920x1,080), QHD (2,560x1,440) and 4K UHD (3,840x2,160) resolutions. Where applicable, any vendor-specific enhancements such as PhysX and TressFX are disabled to help even the playing field. In-game benchmark results are recorded as minimum and average frames per second.

We've done something rather different this time around. The usua rota is to have 20 or so cards lined up to provide comparative numbers and analysis. That works well for reference cards where we want to examine the new GPU's standing within the overall graphics hierarchy, but a head-to-head comparison is often more illuminating when testing on the latest drivers and adding more software.

If you feel the need to see how these cards sit against a plethora of modern GPU, head on over to here to learn more.

In response to popular suggestions in the HEXUS community, we have added Doom when run using the new Vulkan API and also included results from the latest 3DMark Time Spy DX12 tests. Read on to find out which mainstream member of the Asus Strix family is right for you.