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    Asus RX Vega 64 Strix Performance versus PowerColor and Sapphire Vega 64.


    I have been waiting to purchase an RX Vega 64 when GPU prices dropped.
    Right now I could purchase the following.

    (1). Asus RX Vega 64 Strix for 450.
    (2). PowerColor Red Dragon Vega 64 for 450.
    (3). Sapphire Nitro+ Vega 64 for 500.

    They all come with 120 worth of free games (AMD Raise the Game deal).
    I do not like GPU > 40mm width, but all non reference Vega 64's are large GPU because of cooling requirement.
    I really do like the look of Asus card, plus there are (or at least were) waterblocks available for it, there are no waterblocks for the other two.
    The ASUS card also comes with 3 year warranty versus 2 year warranty for the other two Vega 64's.

    I am an Asus fan anyhow, I use Asus Motherboards for my intel PC's and I want to use an Asus Motherboard for my next Ryzen and Threadripper builds.

    However I am concerned about a few things regarding the ASUS Strix RX Vega 64 and I was hoping someone on this forum might be able to help me out to answer some questions.

    1. Toms hardware review of the Asus Strix RX Vega 64 complainied about VRM temperatures on the GPU and lack of thermal pads. - Does anyone know if this issue has been fixed? Reference here:,5520.html
    The review is quite old now, however ... it would be good to know if VRM temps and thermal pad issue has been addressed by ASUS?

    2. When the RX Vega 64 AIB cards were launched there were problems reported with the AIB card BIOSes working well with the AMD Drivers on both the PowerColor Red Devil and the Asus RX Vega 64 Strix. The last information I see about it, the Powercolor issue was fixed, but the Asus Vega 64 Strix still had problems. Does anyone have an update on this? Information here:

    3. Finally the reason I ask about (2). I see this recent benchmark review of ASUS Vega 64 strix versus AMD Vega 64 reference versus PowerColor Red Devil Vega 64 versus Sapphire Vega 64 Nitro+ Standard Edition. The Asus Vega 64 Strix is performing poorly, sometimes worse than reference. I have seen comments about the Asus card having a GPU downclocking issue in the BIOS. Is this 'issue' fixed or true? Here is the benchmark:

    I would be grateful if someone could comment on the above.
    I understand ths is an Asus forum so likely you would all tell me just buy the Asus Strix Vega 64 GPU. I do own other ASUS GPU's ... but I would prefer to know if there is an issue with the Asus Vega 64 Strix GPU before I spend 450 on one.

    Last edited by colesdav; 10-22-2018 at 12:40 AM. Reason: grammar/more info.

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