We're pretty happy with the price-to-performance ratio the Radeon RX 480 offers after reviewing the card, but we feel that the cooling performance and noise numbers the reference cooler delivers both leave something to be desired. It seems Asus will be among the first to answer our call for custom-cooled RX 480s. The company teased a Strix version of AMD's newest card today.
Going by the single picture it shared, Asus will use a version of its triple-fan cooler to help the Polaris 10 GPU chill out. This cooler will also feature Asus' Aura RGB LED lighting for added bling. The Strix card will come with fast 8 GT/s GDDR5 on board, rather than the 7 GT/s RAM option that AMD is leaving open to some of its board partners. Asus isn't talking clock speeds yet, though. Still, the prospect of a fast RX 480 that's also cool and quiet is an exciting one. We'll be watching for more details about this card as it draws closer to release.