Asus shows off a quartet of Radeon RX 500 cards


— 9:36 AM on April 18, 2017

The Radeon RX 500 series is upon us, and that means there are new graphics cards from the usual suspects. Asus was the quickest on the "send e-mail" button this morning. The company dropped us a line informing us of its four new graphics cards based on the refreshed Polaris GPUs: ROG Strix versions of the Radeon RX 580 and RX 570, plus a more mainstream "Dual" version of the RX 580.

By now, we expect that gerbils are familiar with the ROG Strix brand. Just in case you aren't, products wearing the Strix name tend to represent the upper echelons of Asus' product stack. The Radeon RX 580 is actually getting two ROG Strix versions. One of the cards is an "OC" model, while the other is a "TOP" edition with even-higher clock rates out of the box.

Asus specs the ROG Strix Radeon RX 580 TOP card for up to 1431 MHz core clock while in OC mode, and 1411 MHz in Gaming mode. Either figure is a pretty significant jump over the reference 1340 MHz boost clock. Meanwhile, the RX 580 OC card steps up to 1380 MHz in OC mode. Both of these cards use a massive two-and-a-half-slot cooler with three fans to keep the Polaris 20 GPU cool. As expected, there's RGB LED lighting on tap.

The Asus Radeon RX 580 Dual sounds like it could be a very exciting Crossfire-on-a-stick card. In fact, Asus' Dual branding represents its mid-range, value-oriented cards. The cooler on this model is still a pretty beefy chunk of aluminum with two large fans, and the GPU's boost clock enjoys a modest bump to 1380 MHz in OC mode. Unusually, the Dual card runs its memory at just 7 GT/s like an RX 570 instead of the typical 8 GT/s for a fully-enabled RX 580.

All of Asus' Radeon RX 580 cards come with two HDMI 2.0 ports, two DisplayPort connectors, and a DVI port. That's the same output cluster found on the RX 580 cards we tested. These cards all require a single 8-pin power connector.

Finally, the ROG Strix Radeon RX 570 brings the glitz and flash of the Aura RGB LED-infused Strix cooler to partially-disabled Polaris 20 processors. This card comes with 4GB of GDDR5 at 7 GT/s, and will boost its GPU core to 1310 MHz in OC mode—a 66 MHz gain over the reference design. Like its big brothers above, it requires a single 8-pin power connector to do its thing. It also trades one of the DisplayPort connectors and one of the HDMI ports of the above cards for a second DVI-D port.

Asus says the cards should be available now, and indeed we see the ROG Strix cards at Newegg now. The ROG Strix Radeon RX 570 OC will set you back $190, the ROG Strix RX 580 OC will set you back $275, and the top-shelf RX 580 "Top" card will run you $299.

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