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ASUS ROG Radeon RX 480 STRIX-RX480-O8G-GAMING 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 HDCP Ready Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: *two pwm fan headers. when the card is idle, the fans will turn off! when the card is under stress, the fans will keep up with the card. i hooked up my two corsair ml120 side panels fans to it and its so nice having them dedicated solely to my 480!
*temperatures are fantastic! mid 60's to low 70's on the core and the vrms never go above the low 70c's under load.
*fans are quiet. only way i can hear them is if i take off my side panel and place my head near the card. only sound i hear is the gentle sound of moving air.
*superb build quality.
*the 480 rocks in performance! 1060's dx11 performance does not translate over to dx12 at all as one would except. the 480 handles dx11 games like a champ and maxes them out with 60+fps at 1080p with ease and excels amazingly well in dx12 and vulkan. It leads the 1060 in dx12 and vulkan. since 16.7.3 and each driver release after it amd has been increasing its dx11 performance. narrowing the gap with the 1060 in dx11 with each release.
*rgb on the card gives my case some nice lightning without having to buy a led strip. i leave it at its default red since it fits the radeon theme.
*amd has been pumping out drivers like champs. Since I received my card last month there has been four driver releases all increasing performance, new optimizations, game ready support, and plethora of bug fixes. They have have doing a great job!
*I really like the new crimson control panel. its layout and functionality is so much better than nvidia's control panel.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: *Asus upgraded the standard 75 watt six pin to an 150 watt eight pin power connector and split the GPU core from the auxiliary & memory. Only the auxiliary and memory are connected to the pci-express power pins to ensure the 75 watt rated maximum from the pci-express slot is never exceeded. The eight pin power connector is dedicated solely to the GPU core and its not connected to the pci-express slot. The core only draws power from the eight pin power connector. They also upgraded the vrm and phase count over the reference design. It has a total of eight phases (true 6+1+1) and uses IR3555 vrm's. Six dedicated to the GPU core, one dedicated to auxiliary, and one dedicated to memory. The core is able to draw 360 amps total at 125c... its power delivery system is insanely efficient, powerful and overkill.

*The heatsink itself is connected to both the vrm's and core. The heatsink is nearly as big as the PCB. Asus used a dual split design with the heatsink. Somewhat similar to a cpu cooler like the nh-d14. There is a gap in the center of the heatsink providing direct airflow underneath the heatsink. Allowing cool air to be blown directly down to the pcb and memory. The heatsink also utilizes direct heat pipe contact with five heat pipes with three of which that make contact with the GPU core. All three spread the heat to both heat sinks. The heatsink is cooled with three FDB 90mm fans. Two on both ends that directly cover the heatsink with the third in the center that partially covers both ends of the heatsink and blow air directly below the heatsink through the gap. The fans turn off when the core is below 60c.

*don't use the stock drivers on the disc. update to 16.9.2. it fixes a lot of early bugs like the idle black screen, 144hz flickering (nvidia suffers from this as well, 39 page thread on their forums about it and they still haven't fixed it and they still haven't fixed their high latency issues as well, just lowered it), and a nice boost to dx11 and even more performance gains in dx12 titles!

*price wise the 480 Strix is one of the most expensive but this isn't 480 exclusive. The Strix series has been priced as a premium on both new generations from AMD and Nvidia. The 1060 Strix OC has been selling around $330 over its $250 MSRP. Asus is marketing their Strix series as their flagship, premium product this generation and personally I find it worth it. AMD really gave AMD some love with their 480 with the PCB and power delivery system.

ASUS TUF SABERTOOTH Z170 S LGA 1151 Intel Z170 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.1 USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: *plethora of pwm fan ports. enough to connect all five of my pwm case fans and two pwm cpu fans without needing a pwm splitter
*outstanding quality of parts that rivals server grade
*rock solid bios. its layout is superb
*bios fan control is one of the best in the industry. allows for such great fine control
*excellent board layout
*nice I/O shroud that offers a 40mm pwm fan mount
*excellent power delivery system
*beefed up intel network controller
*looks awesome with the white camo
*vrm's stay icy cool even without the fan

Cons: *lacks the dust covers for the pci-express slots and the I/O ports. the fan i can understand to a degree, but the covers can't be that costly for asus.

Other Thoughts: system specs:
intel core i7 6700k
corsair dominator platinum ddr4 3000 32gb (2x16gb)
asus z170 sabertooth s
asus 1080 strix
creative sound blaster zx
evga supernova p2 750
corsair 400c + five cooler master silencio pwm 2400
noctua nh-d15 + two cooler master silencio pwm 2400

ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX-GTX1080-8G-GAMING 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 Video Card
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  • neweggOwned For: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggs runs super cool. boost very high 06/21/2016

This review is from: ASUS GeForce GTX 1080 STRIX-GTX1080-8G-GAMING 8GB 256-Bit GDDR5X PCI Express 3.0 Video Card

Pros: *new strix cooler is awesome. rivals gigabytes new g1 cooler
*card is fairly light yet extremely sturdy
*back plate doesn't cover everything like the vrms on the back and allows it to breath unlike the g1
*awesome rgb lightning
*card boosts well beyond its rated boost speed. it boosts to its OC counterpart all on its own
*runs very cool. hasn't gone past 76c after hours of gaming and that's with a high ambient room temperature of 26.6c (80f)
*has thermal pads on its memory
*vrm's attached directly to the heatsink which is super nice. keeps them very cool
*fans are fairly quiet. can't here them over my case fans and they're quiet as it is (cooler master silencio's pwm)
*takes up two slots instead of two and a half like my previous gigabyte xtreme 980 ti did

Cons: none so far.

Other Thoughts: i don't understand why the one user gave this card two stars when he hasn't received it yet according to his post

now i need to redo some of my cable management to attach my bottom two case fans to my gpu since they blow directly to it. have them keep up with my gpus temps instead of cpu.

system specs:
intel core i7 6700k
asus z170 sabertooth s
corsair dominator platinum ddr4 3000mhz 32gb (2x16gb)
asus 1080 strix
creative sound blaster zx
evga supernova p2 750
corsair 400c
noctua nh-d15s + 2x cooler master silencio pwm 2400rpm


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