Aug 01, 2017 Written by: Geoff_Gasior

AMD's Radeon RX Vega gets the ROG Strix treatment

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AMD's long-awaited Radeon RX Vega GPU family is finally here. The next-gen graphics chips bring upgraded compute units together with 8GB of faster HBM2 memory to push raw performance up to an amazing 13.7 teraflops. Our ROG division has developed a custom solution laden with the latest graphics innovations. The new ROG Strix RX Vega64 OC Edition is enhanced to deliver better cooling, synchronized lighting, and a more convenient VR experience.

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A bigger cooler breeds better thermals

High-end GPUs like the RX Vega64 boast awesome power that inevitably translates to more heat. We rise to the cooling challenge with a combination of brains and brawn that provides excellent performance when you need it and silence when you don't. It all starts with MaxContact, an industry-leading heat spreader machined to tighter tolerances than conventional counterparts. The copper surface is much flatter than traditional head spreaders, allowing it to efficiently extract thermal energy from the GPU.

Heat flows into a massive array of pipes and radiators that occupies 2.5 slots. Despite being only 25% thicker than our dual-slot coolers, this expanded heatsink has 40% more surface area for thermal dissipation. The design also leaves room for airflow between adjacent cards, allowing its three wing-blade fans to breathe deeply across a range of system configurations. Our cooling is so effective that the fans don't even spin up until temperatures exceed a set threshold. Thanks to this 0dB capability, you can surf the web, watch movies, and even do some light gaming with the card in stealth mode.

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Onboard cooling is only one part of the equation; the Strix RX Vega64 also features FanConnect II headers, which let you attach dual system fans directly to the graphics card. These headers automatically detect the presence of three-pin DC and four-pin PWM fans and adjust the RPMs based on the GPU temperature, so your system cooling reacts intelligently to gaming loads that heat up the graphics card more than other components.

Synchronized lighting for your RGB symphony

Many AMD fans will celebrate upgrading to Vega with a brilliant red glow, but we don't want to limit gamers to a preset palette. Customizable RGB lighting on the shroud and backplate gives you the freedom to personalize the lighting using a rainbow of colors and collection of effects. Not just an element of cosmetic flair, the lighting can also add functionality by changing colors to reflect the GPU temperature.

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As with the cooling, the lighting reaches beyond the card. With Aura Sync, it only takes a few clicks to match the graphics card's glow with other compatible components. Our growing ecosystem of Aura Sync parts covers every aspect of your system, from internal components like motherboards and memory to external devices like monitors and peripherals. Support for the Strix RX Vega64 will also be added to our evolving Aura SDK, which opens up the lighting to developers who want to control Aura with their own software.

VR deserves a dedicated port

Cutting-edge virtual reality experiences need all the GPU horsepower you can muster, making Vega ripe for VR headsets like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. There's just one problem: the reference cards are restricted to a single HDMI 2.0 output that complicates running VR alongside an HDMI monitor or big-screen TV. The Strix RX Vega64 adds a second HDMI 2.0 port to remove the need for awkward adapters or clumsy cable swapping.

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For maximum versatility, the second HDMI port joins dual DisplayPort 1.4 outs and a single DVI-D. FreeSync is supported, making the card a perfect companion for the new ROG Strix gaming monitors we introduced at Computex in June.

Built to last and ready to tweak

All ASUS and ROG graphics cards are manufactured using Auto-Extreme technology, a fully automated process that has improved reliability by 30%. The fans on the Strix RX Vega64 are also certified IP5X dust resistant, so you can be confident the card will endure repeated gaming binges.

We're not ready to discuss specific clock speeds just yet, but rest assured the Strix will run faster than stock right out of the box. You'll be able to shoot for even higher frequencies using our GPU Tweak II utility, which makes it easy for both new recruits and seasoned veterans to overclock their cards and adjust their cooling.

Pricing and availability

The ROG Strix RX Vega64 is coming in early September. Please contact your local ASUS ROG representative for details on pricing in your region. Hit the link below for the full press release.

Press Release

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Strix RX Vega64

VR-ready gaming graphics card with leveled-up cooling performance and ASUS Aura Sync lighting

KEY POINTS

  • Ultimate cooling: MaxContact technology, patented wing-blade IP5X-certified fans, and ASUS FanConnect II
  • Premium quality and reliability: Industry-exclusive Auto-Extreme technology and Super Alloy Power II components
  • Customized gaming: ASUS Aura Sync lighting for system personalization and VR‑friendly design with two HDMI ports

TAIPEI, Taiwan, July 31, 2017 — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Strix RX Vega64, a VR-ready gaming graphics card with ultrafast gaming performance, advanced cooling and reliability, and personalized styling.

Strix RX Vega64 is packed with exclusive ROG technologies, including MaxContact, an industry-first GPU cooling technology featuring an enhanced copper heat-spreader that provides a 10X-flatter surface for up to 2X more contact area with the GPU than traditional heat spreaders, resulting in improved thermal transfer. Together with three patented wing-blade 0dB fans, Strix RX Vega64 delivers 30%-cooler and 3X-quieter performance than reference cards. ASUS FanConnect II provides hybrid-controlled fan headers and a comprehensive set of tuning options with GPU Tweak II to optimize system cooling even further. Industry-exclusive Auto-Extreme technology with Super Alloy Power II components ensures premium quality and reliability.

Strix RX Vega64 comes with exclusive ASUS Aura Sync, RGB LED synchronization technology that enables complete gaming system personalization. A VR-friendly design with two HDMI ports lets gamers keep a VR headset connected to their system for immersive, virtual-reality gaming without swapping cables. GPU Tweak II software with XSplit Gamecaster provides intuitive performance tweaking and instant gameplay streaming.

Ultimate cooling: MaxContact, patented wing-blade IP5X-certified fans, and ASUS FanConnect II

ROG Strix RX Vega64 is equipped with MaxContact, an industry-first GPU cooling technology featuring an enhanced copper heat-spreader that directly contacts the GPU. MaxContact utilizes precision machining to provide a 10X-flatter surface for up to 2X more contact area with the GPU than traditional heat spreaders, resulting in improved thermal transfer. Strix RX Vega64 is also constructed with 40% more heatsink surface area than previous dual-slot designs, further improving heat dissipation for dramatically cooler and quieter performance.

A patented wing-blade fan design delivers maximum air flow and 105%-greater static pressure over the heatsink for more efficient cooling and up to 3X-quieter operation than reference cards. The fans are certified under the International Protection Marking (IP code) as IP5X dust resistant for improved reliability and a longer lifespan. This stringent certification process ensures Strix RX Vega64 provides optimal fan performance, even under severe operating conditions. Additionally, 0dB technology stops the fan completely when the GPU temperature is below a set level, letting gamers enjoy light gaming in complete silence.

ASUS FanConnect II features two four-pin hybrid-controlled headers that can be connected to both PWM and DC system fans for optimal system cooling. The connected fans reference both the GPU and CPU, and operate automatically based on the one with the higher temperature. A comprehensive set of tuning options allow gamers to tune fan speeds for efficient cooling.

Premium quality and reliability: Auto-Extreme technology and Super Alloy Power II components

All ASUS and ASUS ROG graphics cards are now produced using Auto-Extreme technology, an industry-exclusive, 100%-automated production process that incorporates premium materials to set a new standard of quality, performance and longevity. Since the introduction of Auto-Extreme technology in ASUS graphics cards, reliability has improved by 30%. This new manufacturing process is also environmentally friendly, eliminating harsh chemicals and reducing power consumption by 50%.

Super Alloy Power II components delivery enhance efficiency, reduce power loss, reduce component buzzing by 50% under full load and achieve thermal levels that are approximately 50% cooler than previous designs for enhanced quality and reliability.

Customized gaming: Aura RGB lighting and VR-friendly HDMI ports

ROG Strix RX Vega64 comes with ASUS Aura Sync, an RGB LED-synchronization technology implemented on both the shroud and backplate that enables complete gaming system personalization when the graphics card is paired with an Aura-enabled gaming motherboard. Strix RX Vega64 also has a VR-friendly design, with two HDMI ports that let gamers connect a VR headset and display at the same time, so they can enjoy immersive virtual-reality experiences anytime without having to swap cables.

Tweakable and intuitive: GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster

Redesigned with an intuitive user interface, GPU Tweak II makes gaming and overclocking easier than ever, while retaining advanced options for seasoned overclockers. With one click, the Gaming Booster function maximizes system performance by removing redundant processes and allocating all available resources automatically. An included one-year XSplit Gamecaster premium license — a $99 value — lets gamers easily stream or record gameplay via a convenient, in-game overlay. The overlay also displays GPU clock speed, temperature, and VRM usage, and has GPU Tweak II controls, so gamers can choose a gaming profile and boost performance with just one click.

Full ASUS Radeon RX Vega lineup

In addition to ROG Strix RX Vega64, the all-new ASUS Radeon RX Vega graphics-card lineup includes ASUS RX Vega64 Water Cooled Edition and ASUS RX Vega64 Air Cooled Edition, both featuring GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ROG Strix RX Vega64 will be available worldwide from early September. Other models will be available worldwide from August 14th. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

SPECIFICATIONS [1]

 

ROG Strix RX Vega64 OC Edition

ROG-STRIX-RXVEGA64-O8G-GAMING

ROG Strix RX Vega64

(ROG-STRIX-RXVEGA64-8G-GAMING)

•        PCI Express® 3.0

•        OpenGL® 4.5

•        8GB HBM2 memory

•        2048-bit memory interface

•        1 x DVI-D
•        2 x HDMI 2.0
•        2 x DisplayPort 1.4

 

ASUS RX Vega64 Water Cooled Edition

(RXVEGA64-O8G-LIQUID)

•        PCI Express® 3.0

•        OpenGL® 4.5

•        Stream Processors 4096

  •   Boost Clock 1677MHz
  •   Base Clock 1406MHz
  •   8GB HBM2 memory
  •   Memory Clock 945MHz (1.9Gbos)

•        2048-bit memory interface

•        1 x HDMI 2.0

•        3 x DisplayPort 1.4

 

ASUS RX Vega64 Air Cooled Edition (Silver)

(RXVEGA64-8G-SILVER)

•        PCI Express® 3.0

•        OpenGL® 4.5

  •  Stream Processors 4096
  •  Boost Clock 1546MHz
  •  Base Clock 1247MHz

•        8GB HBM2 memory

  •  Memory Clock 945MHz (1.9Gbos)

•        2048-bit memory interface

•        1 x HDMI 2.0

•        3 x DisplayPort 1.4

 

 

•        PCI Express® 3.0

•        OpenGL® 4.5

•        8GB HBM2 memory

•        2048-bit memory interface

•        1 x DVI-D
•        2 x HDMI 2.0
•        2 x DisplayPort 1.4

 

ASUS RX Vega64 Air Cooled Edition (Black)

(RXVEGA64-8G)

•        PCI Express® 3.0

•        OpenGL® 4.5

•        Stream Processors 4096

  •   Boost Clock 1546MHz
  •   Base Clock 1247MHz
  •  8GB HBM2 memory
  •  Memory Clock 945MHz (1.9Gbos)

•        2048-bit memory interface

•        1 x HDMI 2.0

•        3 x DisplayPort 1.4

 

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About ROG

Republic of Gamers (ROG) is an ASUS sub-brand dedicated to creating the world’s best gaming hardware and software. Formed in 2006, ROG offers a complete line of innovative products known for performance and quality, including motherboards, graphics cards, laptops, desktops, monitors, audio equipment, routers and peripherals. ROG participates in and sponsors major international gaming events. ROG gear has been used to set hundreds of overclocking records and it continues to be the preferred choice of gamers and enthusiasts around the world. Learn more about the choice of champions at http://rog.asus.com.


[1] Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at http://www.asus.com

 

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