A taste of ASUS ROG’s ESGS 2018 Promo: ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX Vega64 8GB OC Edition

Launched around mid-2017, ASUS ROG just recently dropped a big bomb during ESGS 2018, by cutting the price of the ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX Vega64 by 56%. Luckily, we were able to get our hands on one.


With all the craze happening with Nvidia RTX 20-series card, was it a good move for ASUS to drop the price of their Radeon Vega series? Does this mean we will be seeing the rumoured Radeon RX 3000 series? So many unanswered questions, let’s check out the price vs performance of what we have for now.

AMD”s Radeon cards were well received during launch, to the point that it was hardly found on the shelves after a few weeks. It really didn’t help that the Mining Boom happened during late 2017 and had the the Team Red graphic cards selling like pancakes.

Design

The ASUS AMD STRIX Vega64 is based on the Vega architecture built on a 14nm and features 4096 stream processors with 64 compute units. It features a custom PCB with a tri-fan cooler that tries to keep the temps under wraps.

Features

  • MaxContact Technology that is 2X more contact with GPU for improved thermal transfer.
  • Patented Wing-Blade IP5X-Certified Fans for maximum airflow and longer fan lifespan.
  • ASUS FanConnect II equips with hybrid controlled fan headers for optimal system cooling.
  • Industry Only Auto-Extreme Technology with Super Alloy Power II delivers premium quality and best reliability.
  • ASUS Aura Sync RGB LED synchronization enables a gaming system personalization.
  • VR-friendly HDMI ports let you enjoy VR experiences anytime without having to swap cables.
  • GPU Tweak II with XSplit Gamecaster provides intuitive performance tweaking and real-time streaming.

Test Setup

CPUIntel Core i9 7900X
RAM2x 8GB GIGABYTE DDR4 32000 MHz
MotherboardAORUS X299 Gaming
Cooler Kraken X62 Water Cooling Fan
Storage 512 GB Micron_1100_MTFDDAV512TBN
PSUThermaltake Smart RGB 700w
OSWindows 10 Pro 64-bit

3DMark Benchmark

The ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX Vega64 show stronger performance in lower resolutions and still manages to competitive framerates under the brutal, 4K pushing Ultra test. Although, there are significant differences between the Nvidia RTX 20-series from our previous benchmarks and the AMD Radeon RX Vega 64, coming in at the price of an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 is a pretty good deal.

TimeSpy results show better performance compared to the previous. Resulting in decent scores at the default 1440p test, but Extreme’s 4K again puts a dent in the card. This shows better optimization for ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX Vega64 with the use of DirectX12.

In terms of gaming, the ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX Vega64 does surprisingly well with Grand Theft Auto V, showing great frame rates even at the highest level of eye candy in 1080p.

Rockstar’s Grand Theft Auto V is one of the best games to benchmark with. This game makes any capable PC cower in fear. However, the AMD STRIX Radeon Vega64 manages perfectly playable frame rates.

Software

As 2018 comes to a close, AMD once again introduces a major feature update for their graphics drivers, Radon Software. AMD’s Adrenalin 2019 Edition bring improvements and further integrations with AMD Link and Radeon Overlay. New features include the capability to game stream to a mobile device or VR headset, powered by ReLive and AMD Link.

Check out how to set up the AMD Link in our previous article.

Additionally, The WattMan now features one-click ‘Tuning Control’ presets for overclocking and undervolting, separate from the power-oriented ‘Performance Profile’. 

WattMan is a built-in OC tool. The new profiles provide a straightforward option for beginners, giving them an option for the often overlooked approach of undervolting the GPU.

Wattman has been further improved with their overlay and AMD Link. With Overlay’s new “WattMan“tab, the Tuning Control presets can be changed on-the-go, along with loading and saving custom profiles with ease.

The AMD Link makes it easier to launch games simply by tapping the icon which will launch the game from your tablet or PC. Utilizing any Bluetooth controller connected to the mobile device. The in-game menu also allows keyboard input as well as streaming on secondary monitors or only partial contents on the active window.

Conclusion

ASUS has definitely done a great job in calling the drop of price on the ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX Vega64 last October. That being said, ASUS gave AMD the ability to be all it can be. From being a card with great design to performance.

While this is currently AMD’s biggest and brightest available in the Philippine market, 4K at max settings is just out of reach most of the time. Despite going head-to-head with our Founders Edition cards, it still didn’t make it enough to be able to play 4K easily. If affordability and performance is what you are after, then ASUS ROG STRIX Radeon RX Vega64 is the way to go. Going for about the same price as an Nvidia GeForce 1060. 

In terms of Software, the recent update of the Adrenalin 2019 Edition has definitely made things easier for streamers. Streamers are now able to use a tablet or phone with AMD link as their secondary screen. This is something that varies based on the streamer’s style or workflow.

We are very hopeful to see what AMD has in store for their consumers in the coming year.

Post Author: Christian

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