• GPU: AMD R9 380X
  • Memory: 4GB GDDR5
  • Ports: 2x DVI, 1x HDMI, 1x DisplayPort
  • Slot Size: Dual-Slot
  • Dimensions: 273 x 140 x 43mm
  • Pros:
  • Performance
  • Nicely designed backplate
  • Cons:
  • None
  • Benchmark Results
  • 3D Mark
  • Fire Strike: 8,307 points
  • Fire Strike Extreme: 4,107 points
  • Fire Strike Ultra: 2,194 points

STRIX, Silent & Deadly

AMD are always in the pursuit of the best performance they are capable of. Their devotion for making quality hardware is something that most people don’t see, and instead prefer to look at numbers. Despite that, AMD continues to work hard and manages to produce powerful hardware at a competitive price point.

The ASUS R9 380X STRIX comes with two clock speeds, one being 1030MHz in its Gaming Mode and 1050MHz in its OC Mode. It also sports 4GB of GDDR5 VRAM with a memory bus of 256-bits, and although this graphic card is factory overclocked out of the box, we were able to overclock it slightly further but results may vary on different cards.

ASUS sticks to their black and red theme for that aggressive yet stylish look, that ASUS is known for. Now sporting a dual wing-blade 0dB fan design and a new cooler that’s still built upon their DirectCU II technology. The new 0dB technology allows the graphic cards fan to remain off at a set temperature, which means there’s no fan noise whatsoever at a set temperature making it a silent graphic card when possible.

On the back, the graphic card houses two DVI, one HDMI and one DisplayPort allowing for a multi-monitor setup if that’s what you’re looking for. To power it up, there are two 6-pin PCI-e power jacks that are required to get the card up and running. The card is aesthetically pleasing and at the same time cool and quiet even when under load, but do expect noise to increase when overclocking so the fans can keep the temperatures low.

When it comes to performance, the ASUS R9 380X STRIX doesn’t fool around, being able to procure a stable FPS of at least 60, even on the latest games such as The Witcher 3 and Assassin’s Creed Syndicate on High settings. Bumping up to Ultra might give you varied results of about 30-50FPS depending on the game. Even during the messy moments of the game, it’s safe to say that gameplay was not impeded, and you’re in for a smooth gaming experience.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A great graphic card for those who just aren’t interested in going into 4K gaming, quiet and cool and aesthetically pleasing ASUS does it right again and doing gamers justice.

(previously published in issue February 2016)