A Closer Look
The STRIX RX 580 looks much like any other current generation STRIX card. However, this look is much different from STRIX cards of previous generations. The STRIX RX 580 is essentially identical to the STRIX RX 480. Like the RX 480, the STRIX RX 580 has a more neutral, grayish black color scheme. With ASUS moving away from the previous generations black and red color schemes. This is a great move and will help the STRIX cards fit better into any build, regardless of color scheme. The center fan has the ASUS logo and the end fans each have the ROG eye logo. On the top and bottom of each fan, you find LED zones for the AURA RGB lighting on the front and back of the graphics card. The second RGB zone would be the large, ROG logo on the back plate of the card. The 3rd and final RGB zone are the words Republic of Gamers on the side of the card.
The back plate on the STRIX RX 580 has an ROG Eye logo with RGB backlighting.
The STRIX RX 580 comes equipped with a backplate. This backplate looks great and doubles as one of the cards RGB lighting zones. There are a series of 6 screws that hold the cooler to the PCB. To remove the back plate, you must first remove the cooler. Then, you must remove several tiny screws on the PBC to remove the back plate from the PCB. Unless you plan to install a waterblock, I see no reason to remove the cards backplate.
The back plate is also sporting both the ASUS logo and the STRIX logo.
The port configuration on the STRIX RX 580 is VR ready with 2 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort and a DVI-D.
The STRIX RX 580, or just a STRIX card in general, doesn’t have your average port configuration. It’s considered to be “VR READY” with 2 x HDMI 2.0 ports, 2 x Display Port and a single DVI-D. This differs from other cards, where the common configuration consists of only one HDMI and 3 Display Ports. Personally, I would have rather kept the third DisplayPort over the DVD-D. However, this was done due to developers putting an emphasis on VR going forward. Going down the side of the card, you’ll see the standard PCIe connection. You can also see how thick the cooler is. Running the entire length of the custom PCB, the heatsink is made up of 6 copper heat pipes that make direct contact with the cold plate.
The rear of the card has 2 fan headers. The fans can be controlled in sync with the fans of the card.
All ASUS graphics cards are manufactured using their Auto-Extreme Technology. This process is exclusive to ASUS and 100% automated and incorporates the highest quality materials. This also ensures that consistency while making the graphics cards. It also eliminates the human error side of things. Finally, this new manufacturing process is more environmental friendly by reducing power consumption of the plant by almost 50% as well as eliminating chemicals.
The Republic of Gamers logo on the side of the card is another RGB lighting zone.
The STRIX RX 580 is powered by a single 8-pin connector.
The fans on the STRIX cards are certified under the International Protection Marketing as IP5X Dust Resistant. This improves reliability and increases the life span of the card.
Asus FanConnect is another great feature of the STRIX cards. In just about all systems, the case fans are controlled through the motherboard, and designed to help keep the system cool. However, the STRIX RX 580 has 2, 4-pin fan headers at the rear of the card. This allows you to have two case fans controlled by the GPU instead of the CPU. This way, you can optimize air flow to help keep the GPU cool.
A closer look at the front of the card reveals the RGB lighting around the fans. Patented wing-blade fans delivers maximum air flow and 105% greater static pressure over the heat sink, while operating at an up to 3X quieter volume than reference cards.
The STRIX cooler is equipped with 3, 0dB fans engineered with a patented wing-blade design. These fans stay idle until the card hits 55°C, keeping the card silent during light load situations. The STRIX cooler delivers maximum air flow and improved 105% static pressure over the heat sink. At the same time, operating 3X quieter than reference cards. This cooler works great. The card I tested never went above 62°C.
The STRIX RX 580 has a 7+2 phase power delivery. Asus has used premium alloy components in their graphics cards. Their Super Alloy II Components increase the efficiency, reduce power loss and achieve thermal levels that are almost 50% cooler than previous generations of STRIX cards. Some of the benefits of the Super Alloy II Components are quieter choke and 2.5 times the lifespan of the capacitors. The capacitors are rated at about 90,000 hours longer than normal capacitors. The DrMOS run about 20% cooler. The power delivery is overall designed to decrease temperatures and increase both overclocking performance and efficiency.
This Die-Casting fully covers the PCB to help reinforce the card and help to dissipate heat.
The STRIX RX 580 has 6 massive heat pipes.
The STRIX RX 580 is built using MaxContact Technology. This industry-first GPU cooling technology features an enhanced copper heat spreader that directly contacts the GPU. This allows the GPU to contact 2 times more surface area than traditional heat spreaders.
The STRIX RX 580 uses Samsung memory chips.
The different heights of the heatsink ensure maximum surface contact for maximum heat dissipation.