• SPECIFICATIONS
  • GPU: AMD Radeon R7 360
  • Memory: 2GB GDDR5
  • Ports: 2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
  • Slot Size: Dual-slot
  • Dimensions: 220 x 111 x 38mm
  • Pros:
  • Overclocked
  • Cooling
  • Cons:
  • Only 2GB of memory
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3D Mark
  • Fire Strike: 3,708 points
  • Fire Strike Extreme: 1,792 points

Ready For Gaming

Homing in on light and casual gamers, the R7 360 sits snuggly in the lower-mid end class for gaming. Fitting into a nice spot with balance of power usage and performance the R7 360 is perfect for those who want low profile gaming. ASUS has been generous enough to send us their variation of the R7 360, the ASUS R7 360 OC Edition which is factory overclocked.

Coming right out of the box, the R7 360 catches our eyes with ASUS’ signature red and black shroud design. The shroud houses two dust-proof fans which are carefully selected by engineers and optimised for maintaining greater airflow. Other than that, the graphic card sports a dual-slot design which allows for the R7 360 to have 2 DVI port, 1 HDMI output and 1 DisplayPort.

Clocked in at a factory overclocked engine clock of 1070MHz, 2GB of 6500MHz (GDDR5) memory clock and a 128-bit memory interface, the graphic card provides excellent performance right out of the box. All you need is a 6-pin PCIE power plug to power it, and with a rated TDP of 150W its power consumption is average, still making it an excellent choice for work computers, but still with the “oomph” to play games, but not requiring a monster power supply.

Showing its true colours on our test bench, the R7 360 runs great when playing semi-graphic intensive games like DoTA 2 and LoL. We chose these games because a majority of users would usually buy a graphic card within this class or range for the purpose of playing these games. But fret not as the card is capable of playing much more graphic intensive games such as Assassin’s Creed Unity, although graphics had to be toned down before smooth frames could be achieved.

Since the card is overclocked we should expect temperatures to be higher than usual, but not in this case as the cooling system that is implemented for the ASUS R7 360 OC is done very well. Although with a slew of video outputs the graphic card only sports 2GB of video memory so having multiple monitors might affect performance.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Looking for a budget card? Then this should be considered along with the other choices you might have. ASUS did a great job on with the cooling solution and with it already overclocked out of the box you don’t have to go through all the trouble of doing it yourself.

(previously published in issue November 2015)

ASUS R7 360 OC