Asus ROG Strix Radeon RX 560 Video Card Review: Page 5 of 10

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Posted by Heath Coop on Monday, August 7, 2017 - 1:24am

System Configuration, Testing Environment, and Software

Testing Hardware

  • Asus TUF Z270 Mark I Motherboard
  • Intel Core i7 7700K Processor
  • Kingston HyperX Predator 8GB 2666MHz DDR4 Memory
  • Patriot Ignite 960GB Solid State Drive
  • Swiftech H320 X2 Prestige
  • Spotswood Small Tech Bench
  • XFX PRO850W XXX Edition 850w Silver Power Supply

Software

  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit
  • Geeks3D - Furmark
  • TechPowerUp - GPU-Z
  • CPUID - HWMonitor

Synthetic BenchMarks

  • Futuremark - 3DMark – Firestrike (DX11)
  • Futuremark - 3DMark – Time Spy (DX11)
  • Unigine – Heaven (DX11)

Game BenchMarks

  • 2K Games - Bioshock: Infinite (DX11)
  • Codemasters - DiRT Rally (DX11)
  • Rockstar – Grand Theft Auto: V (DX11)
  • IO Interactive - Hitman (DX12)
  • Deep Silver - Metro: Last Light(DX11)
  • SQUARE ENIX, Eidos Interactive - Thief (DX11)
  • SQUARE ENIX, Eidos Interactive - Tomb Raider(DX11)

Drivers

  • GeForce Game Ready 381.65 - WHQL

Testing Environment

Performance testing consists two sets of tests, synthetic benchmarks and actual game benchmarks. Between the two synthetic benchmarks and five game benchmarks; we are able to test DirectX 11 and DirectX 12 application programming interface (API) environments. Synthetic benchmarks are run at their default settings. For gaming benchmarks; 1920x1080, 2560 x 1440, and 3840 x 2160 resolutions are used with more demanding detail settings. This is the test where higher price range cards will typically perform well.

Games are chosen using four criteria: 1) Each game must be a well-known title. 2) Each game must have its own built-in benchmark. 3) Each game must be on a game engine that is different from the other games or utilize its game engine in a way that is unique from the other games used. 4) Each game must be free of continuous patch updates, to ensure a consistent environment for future graphics card testing.

Mechanical drives are eliminated in the test system, to alleviate any I/O-related bottlenecks. All testing was done with an Intel i7 7700K processor clocked at 4.5 GHz.

Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64-bit is chosen as the operating system, due to it being the most common operating system currently in use. Only the most current non-beta release drivers are used for testing, unless specifically stated otherwise.

Software

Asus GPU Tweak II is included with the Strix RX 560. It features an overlocking utility with hardware monitory and a fan configuration utility.

The ROG Strix RX 560 has a single area of lighting, the ROG eye logo on the side. It is controlled by GPU Tweak II via a graphics card only version of their Aura software If the user has other Asus and/or Aura compatible products, a full version of Aura is available for download that will allow control of the lighting for those products as well, like the Asus TUF Z270 Mark I motherboard we used for this review.

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