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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

HyperX launches two compact mechanical keyboards with Cherry MX switches

Cherry picking your keyboard

Kingston is adding two new mechanical keyboards under its HyperX gaming division, the HyperX Alloy FPS and HyperX Alloy Elite. Both sport a solid-steel frame, use Cherry MX key switches, and are relatively compact, though the Alloy FPS is a bit smaller as it ditches the dedicated number pad (otherwise known as tenkeyless, or TKL).

Starting with the larger of the two, the Alloy Elite measures 444mm x 226.8mm x 36.3mm and weighs a little under 1.5kg. It has a single color (red) backlight with six LED modes and four brightness levels to play with. The Alloy Elite also features a 1,000Hz polling rate, 100 percent anti-ghosting, and USB 2.0 pass-through with two USB 2.0 ports available.

There are dedicated media controls on the Alloy Elite, along wit ha large volume wheel and quick access buttons for brightness, lighting effects, and to toggle game mode on and off.

HyperX includes a set of textured WASD keys and silver colored (though non-textured) 1234 keys that you can swap out using the bundled key puller.

The Alloy Elite will be available starting August 21 for $110. Buyers will be able to choose between Cherry MX Blue, Red, and Brown key switches.

HyperX's Alloy FPS Pro is similar to the Alloy Elite except that it does not have a number pad and is overall a smaller plank as a result—it measures 359mm x 130mm x 34.5mm and weighs 900g.

Also different is that the Alloy FPS Pro lets you adjust the backlight with five brightness levels instead of four, and it has a single USB 2.0 connector instead of two.

The Alloy FPS Pro will also be available August 21, but for $80 and only with Cherry MX Red key switches.

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

MSI is readying an RGB headset with 7.1 virtual surround and swappable ear cups

Build for comfort

Do you even RGB, bro? Don't worry, we want to slap ourselves on the back of the head for asking that silly question, though it's getting increasingly difficult to answer "No." RGB lighting is everywhere you look, including on MSI's new GH70 Gaming headset. From what we can see, it's actually pretty tactful, as far as these things go.

Using MSI's Mystic Light utility, you can choose from millions of colors and various effects to dazzle (or annoy) onlookers. The utility also allows you to sychronize and coordinate colors and effects with your gaming rig and other peripherals.

Lighting aside, this looks like a promising headset. It uses large 50mm neodymium drivers with "hi-res certification." It also comes with an in-line volume control with a switch to toggle virtual 7.1 surround sound.

Here are the rated specs for the drivers:

  •     Speaker sensitivity: 100 dB +/- 3 dB
  •     Speaker impedance: 32 ohm
  •     Speaker frequency response: 20 Hz ~ 40 kHz

For voice chat, the GH70 uses a retractable unidirectional microphone. It has a rated frequency response of 100 Hz ~ 10 kHz and rated sensitivity of -40 dB +/1 3 dB.

MSI says it built this headset with a focus on comfort and portability. The ear cups are replaceable and can be swapped out for a fresh fit (it comes with both cloth and leather ear cups), and like many headsets, they swivel to make the headset easier to carry. It also comes with a carry pouch, in case you want to be fancy.

The GH70 will be available sometime this month. MSI did not say how much they will cost.
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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Asus crafted an ambidextrous RGB mouse with swappable Omron switches

This rodent uses magnetic side buttons for a customized fit

The plight of the left-handed gamer is that peripheral makers tend to heavily favor their right-handed brethren. Every so often, an ambidextrous design emerges in the world of gaming mice, though according to Asus, they're mostly crap designs (we're liberally paraphrasing here) that often result in accidental button clicks. With that in mind, Asus and its ROG division just announced the Pugio, a better designed ambidextrous rodent.

As far as Asus is concerned, what makes the Pugio superior to other ambidextrous mice is the use of magnetic side buttons (though the same feature can be found on Logitech's G900). Rather than accidentally clicking on a side button that you're not used to dealing with (or being distracted by them when they're disabled), you can remove the buttons on either side of the Pugio and replace them with covers. You can also choose between two or four buttons on either side.

That is the primary selling point of the Pugio, though it offers more than just removable side buttons. It is equipped with a 7,200 DPI optical sensor and uses Omron D2FC-F-K switches (made in China) that are rated for 50 million clicks. It also comes with additional Omron D2F-01F switches (made in Japan) that you can swap out if desired, and is compatible with several others to suit your preference—just remove four screws on the bottom of the rodent, pull back the cover, and yank out the switches. There is a pretty decent guide on the different Omron switch types here.

There is a DPI switch to toggle between two preset sensitivity levels, along with a separate button to lower the actuation force and travel distance required for each click. And of course the Pugio sports customizable RGB lighting.

The Asus ROG Pugio releases to retail today and costs $90.
Disclaimer - Originally reported by PCGamer

MSI launches a featured-packed X299 motherboard tuned for high overclocks

A new flagship emerges

MSI went all out on its new X299 XPower Gaming AC, a top-shelf motherboard that offers up just about every modern amenity you can think of. Built to handle Intel's Core X series processors, the X299 XPower Gaming AC features a 14 phase (12+1+1) power design with loadline calibration to help keep overclocks stable.

Beyond the tight power regulation and premium components, the X299 XPower Gaming AC is loaded with features, including a pair of second generation heat shields for M.2 SSDs. Whereas the original heat shield design was found to actually increase temps by trapping heat inside, MSI claims its new design does a better job and prevents fast NVMe M.2 SSDs from throttling. Color us cautiously optimistic until some outside testing can be performed.

The new motherboard supports up to 128GB of DDR4-4133+ (OC) quad-channel memory. It also has four PCI-Express x16 slots, a single PCI-Express x1 slot, 10 SATA 6Gbps ports, three M.2 slots, and a single U.2 slot.

For external connectivity, users have access to plenty of USB ports, including six USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A ports, a USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-A port, a USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C port, and two USB 2.0 ports on the rear. There are also USB 3.1 and 2.0 headers.

The rear I/O is home to dual Intel LAN ports, though it's not clear if the motherboard supports port aggregation. MSI also includes an Intel Wireless-AC card. Both wired and wireless solutions come with bandwidth management and traffic prioritization.

This is a heavily armored motherboard, both for sturdiness and to prevent electromagnetic interference (EMI), in case that's something you struggle with. It also features isolated memory circuitry to help with performance and stability.

Audio circuitry is also isolated. It's powered by Nahimic 2+ and has an added audio cover and golden audio connectors.

Unfortunately MSI did not say when the X299 XPower Gaming AC will be available or for how much.

Saturday, 8 July 2017

ID-Cooling's Hunter Duet cools both your graphics card and CPU together

A true all-in-one solution.

Most all-in-one liquid coolers focus on a single component, either the processor or graphics card. A relatively select few cool multiple components. ID-Cooling's Hunter Duet is one of them, and now the company has come out with an improved version that offers better coolant pressure and ultimately lower temps.

The second generation Hunter Duet II is said to increase heat dissipation for both the CPU and GPU by 50 percent, TechPowerUp reports. That is due to having a bigger radiator—it now measures 360mm x 120mm, versus the 240mm x 120mm that was used for the original Hunter Duet.

Similar to its predecessor, the Hunter Duet II includes two pump blocks, one for the CPU and another for the GPU. It also comes with a cooling shroud and fan for the graphics card, which blows air over the aluminum heatsinks that cover the memory and VRM.

In addition to a bigger radiator, which ships with three fans attached, the Hunter Duet II adds support for new CPU sockets including AM4, LGA2066, LGA2011v3, LGA115x, AM3(+), and FM2(+). As for the GPU, the cooler supports most cards with mount-hole spacing of 58.4mm and 53.3mm.

There is not word yet on when this cooler will be available or for how much. As a point of reference, the original Hunter Duet debuted at $140 (MSRP) two years ago.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Asus Cerberus Mech RGB Review

The fire breathing Cerberus from Asus just went mechanical but is it good enough to burn down the competition?

Asus has always been a brand better known for their top of the line motherboards and graphics cards, their quality has almost been second to none making their hardware a fan's favorite and an eye candy for professional overclockers and PC enthusiasts! Lately they've been roaming in new waters of the peripheral division and have been very aggressive especially with their Cerberus lineup of headsets, mouse and keyboards.
Thanks to Asus India I have with me today one of their latest launches in form of the Asus Cerberus Mech RGB Gaming Keyboard which happens to be their first ever mechanical keybaord in the budget oriented Cerberus lineup.

Coming in at Rs 5200 the latest Asus Cerberus keyboard adds mechanical key-switches to the range and is thus aptly named the Asus Cerberus Mech RGB keyboard. Asus has chosen to equip the fully mechanical Kaihua RGB switches and will make them available in Red, Blue, Brown and Black feel/action varieties. Asus says that the Kaihua switches offer a lifespan of up to 70-million keystrokes. Furthermore, full anti-ghosting and N-key rollover (NKRO) technology ensures that every keystroke is logged.
Programmable RGB back-lighting means that all the keys on the Asus Cerberus Mech RGB can be tailored to match your style / gaming preferences. Asus provides seven built-in lighting effects in customizable colors.
Hotkeys can be a blessing, and the latest Cerberus keyboard features a full set of media keys plus on-the-fly macro recording. A Windows key lock makes sure you don't interrupt your gaming by an accidental press of this otherwise useful key.

What's in the Box?

Asus has packed the Cerberus Mech RGB in a thick box which let me tell you is quite heavy and thick for a keybaord of this stature. I've seen more expensive and bigger keyboards packed in boxes that are much thinner or flimsier than this one, good to see that Asus has taken care of such a basic but important stuff over here.
The front is decorated with a rendered image of the keybaord along with the Cerberus on the right in all its flames and glory or heads and glory or whatever describes it best! The product name and logo are printed in bold on the top lefty corner which makes it quite attractive and practice.

At the back you can find a well labeled color diagram of the keybaord with the various features marked and neatly enlisted. Also some more details and specifications are on the right. So all in all its a basic design and the back with nothing much going on.
One thing that I didn't like about the packing is that nowhere on the box is it mentioned the switch type of this keyboard for the user to know what they are buying into, mine is a Kaihua Red switch variant but I can't seem to fin this written anywhere on the box or inside the manual.

Open the box and we can find the Cerberus RGB perched between two thick blocks of molded foam blocks for some extra padding to keep the product safe during bumpy transit. A swappable keys, quick start guide and VIP Member Warranty leaflet is also inside to aid the buyer with various things.

Take a stare at the Cerberus!

The Cerberus from its first looks is nothing close to the persona of a conventional gaming keybaord that we are used to. Its a simple rectangular keybaord with matte black finish and all the basic keys that one would want on their keybaord.

Even though the unit measures in at 448 x 150 x 35mm which is quite compact it weights in at 1250g which is quite heavy for a unit of this size! You can feel the weight when you lift the keyboard off the table especially in the middle where it feels to be the heaviest.

At the back the keyboard dis plain and simple with nothing special to discuss. Its all plastic and has two grip pads at the bottom and two feet for tilting the keybaord if one wants to. The plastic used over here feels somewhat cheap and the two slots at the bottom seem to indicate that Asus originally planned to add a wrist rest to the Cerberus Mech RGB but withdrew at the last moment probably as a  cost cutting measure. Since mine is a review sample that came freshly baked out of the oven, I guess they'll rectify this by either adding a wrist rest or removing these slots from the main body in their upcoming review/retail samples.

What I love about the design is that the entire front or upper body so to say of the Cerberus Mech RGB is rubberized, say no to oily fingers, which is smooth and feels really very good when touched. It might gather dust particles in the long run but then it feels and looks so good that I can live with that much hassle. This strategy not only gives the keybaord an aesthetic appeal but it also saves Asus the cost of using an premium grade plastic for the body to make it look good and make the paint last, clever strategy guys!

The keyboard comes with a long braided cable that ends up into a gold plated USB 2.0 port for maximum compatibility & optimum signal transfer. The cable is not too stubborn when it comes to straightening it out so you don't have to worry about kinky wires hanging below your desk.

On the top right corner we have three embossed LED backlit indicators for Num Lock, Caps Lock and the Gaming Mode. The color of these indicators always remains blue and does not animate with the rest of the keyboard lighting scheme. I would have loved to see them be in harmony with the rest of the keybaord but sadly it isn't!

The Cerberus comes with good quality key caps that offer considerable grip both while typing aswell as during gaming sessions. Asus has also included four extra textured key caps along with a key plug to swap any default cap according to the user's will. These caps somewhat feel awkward to me since not only their color is too bright making them the odd ones out on the keybaord but I also find them a bit too cheap and flimsy. They just don't feel a part of the package no matter how hard you try to convince yourself.

These keys are not printed with non printed or marked so as to make them a a universal replacement for any key on the board. If compared with the standard key cap we can see that these are textured for extra grip to ensure a slip free experience during typing or gaming. Probably these are for gaming only since I don't find any other use of them otherwise.

Pop any of the caps and you will see the Kailh Red switches from Kaihua lying underneath. Kaihua is a Chinese brand founded in 1990 that created the Kailh switches for keyboards and while they are not the most popular options to go with, their mechanical switches are quite decent from what I've heard and read. These Kailh Red switches have an actuation force of 50g and 1.1mm depth which is somewhat lesser than the CherryMX Speed or Red switches which are fairly popular. How good they are we'll see in our testing further ahead in the review.

I love the fact that even though its not a top of the line mechanical keyboard it doesn't suffer from the LED light bleeding issue that some high end keybaord do. The lights are properly defused and glow in a soothing fashion without any unnecessary shine. This has been primarily achieved by lower cap height and also by the fact that the keyboard has a fencing at the sides and bottom that traces along the keys giving them a depressed look! Its a good design that looks good and also does some practical work.

Customization - Everything is onboard!

The Asus Cerberus doesn't comes with any software or suite to aid one for programming the macros or making various customizations be it in terms of LEDs patterns or brightness, everything is done via various combinations of the on board buttons.
There are two vital keys on the keybaord that need to be used for almost all the customization settings namely as the Function Key near the bottom right and the right ALT key which has a Macro function.

On-the-fly macro recording

Dedicated macro keys let you execute complex commands with a single press. Your macros are stored in the keyboard, so they are available even if you use Cerberus Mech RGB with multiple PCs.
Step 1: Press Fn + Right-Alt to start recording.
Step 2: Type the key sequence you want to record.
Step 3: Press Fn + Right-Alt to end recording.
Step 4: Assign a macro key
The macro Key can be assigned to any key on the keyboard, you can even swap two keys in case you want to for a particular reason. These macros are easily re-writable and by using Fn + Esc you can erase every Macro assigned fora  clean reset. Unlike software based Macro programming you cannot mix and match mouse and keyboard commands over here so keep that in mind, for mouse based functions you will have to use keyboard shortcuts for the same.
Gaming profiles recording
Set different macros and keyboard backlighting for specific games by the same method as given above but program to the profile to any of the Function keys from F1 to F5.

Windows key lock

Temporarily disable the Windows key to prevent interruptions to your game from accidental key presses. This can be done by pressing the Fn+F6 where you can swap between the gaming and PC mode. The lighting modes for the Gaming and PC modes are also different for one to make out on which mode the keyboard is set at on a particular moment.
Multimedia control keys
Adjust the volume or mute audio without leaving your game on the fly by using the below combinations -
Fn + F7: Mute
Fn + F8: Volume Down
Fn + F9: Volume Up
Fn + F10: Play / Pause
Fn + F11: Previous Track
Fn + F12: Next Track

This is basically a cost saving move I'd say since dedicated media keys can be assigned easily to a keybaord that is priced in the upper $100 segment!

Patterns and Brightness

Using the Function and arrow keys one can either adjust the brightness of the lights including turning them completely off  or can switch between the predefined patterns this keybaord comes with. Side arrows are for patterns that include a very pleasing trickle like mode, wave, gaming keys light up mode and even breathing mode and per key light mode which are exclusive to the PC mode. Brightness is via the up and down arrows offering four levels of brightness.

Nothing special just a bunch of photographs I managed to click with different lighting configurations and the same red color!

Performance - Time to put these Keys to Test

Whenever I review a keyboard or mouse I like to use the device for atleast a week putting it through my daily usage varying across the week. My usage is obviously more inclined towards typing and I mean lot of typing with various keyboard shortcuts combinations, followed by casual gaming mainly racing, open world or FPS. So lets classify the Asus Cerberus Mech RGB Gaming Keyboard performance across two broad categories of daily use and gaming.

Daily Affairs

Asus Cerberus Mech is a very competent keyboard when it comes to typing paragraphs swiftly and smoothly.  The Kailh Red switches due to their quick response & lower actuation makes it really easy to type long paragraphs with great speed without hurting your fingertips. Though it does need a little getting used to since the keys are quick but with a few minutes into training your fingers you'll find yourself using it with no problem. Since my fingers are thick I did accidentally push the Caps Lock key at times since the key is quite big and at almost no separation from the main alphabetical keys, people with slimmer fingers might not come across this issue.
I didn't feel much difference between these and the CherryMX Red switches, which I'm more used to, when it came to typing or anything else & so won't most of the people since the difference is extremely minute. The keys are not slippery and the slim design makes them a good landing pad for the fingers imparting reasonable grip.
The biggest downside with these switches is that they are really noisy when you are typing and I mean typing really quick since at that stage it starts sounding more like a noisy cricket on my table! The keys are still fine but when you hit the larger keys like the spacebar, backspace or enter it makes a sound like a hollow wooden shell

Game On!

Gaming is the area where this keyboard really shined for me since I personally prefer the CherryMX Red switches for gaming purposes so the Kailh Red did an identical job for me. The keys are just perfect and due to logical actuation force and distance its neither too sensitive nor too hard. I generally find CherryMX Speed switches a bit too quick and can't be used without some practice but these I'd say are a buy and go for most of the buyers out there. Still sometimes I found pressing a key accidentally as my finger was resting over it & managed to press it down just by a little, namely the spacebar not mainly due to the key sensitivity but due to the absence of a wrist rest which is gravely needed for a compact keybaord like this and for users like me who have large palms.
Rapid key strokes is where the keyboard proves its metal as they keys offer high resistance with distance and hence reset quickly so rapid strokes are easy and swift making it easy in game like Rise of the Tomb Raider.
The extra key caps provided are of little to no use since I found my fingers to be liking the default caps more than the former. Asus should either refine these extra key caps quality or remove them entirely from the package to save cost and divert it towards a much needed wrist rest.

My Verdict

Asus Cerberus Mech RGB is nothing less than a sheer delight so to speak! The keyboard does exactly what its advertised to do and what one would expect it to do. Kailh Red switches are something that have impressed me thoroughly and cleared all my apprehensions once I put those keys to use, I wouldn't be surprised to see a few more manufacturers opting for these switches in the coming future due to their excellent performance and lower cost.
Customization is just enough and it has almost everything for every user's taste including a balanced range of effects which many manufacturers tend to overdo at times. I do feel the absence of dedicated media keys and a wrist rest over here especially the wrist rest since everyone needs that on keyboards that are compact such as the Cerberus Mech RGB. Asus should probably shun away those extra orange key caps and include a wrist rest instead to make it a much better and complete package.
Coming in a Rs 5200 this is probably one of the best mechanical keyboards you can get for that price today, with just two grands more than its predecessor this Mech RGB sure offers a lot more useful stuff making every penny worth spending.
I recommend the Asus Cerberus Mech RGB to anyone who is looking for a mechanical keybaord on a budget and values balanced performance with pleasing aesthetics to get the most out of his money. 
Pros - 
  • Its RGB
  • Supports Macros
  • Premium finishing on the keys and keyboard top
Cons - 
  • A bit noisy
  • No wrist support
I give it a 7/10 earning our Gold Award!

Thursday, 29 June 2017

Asus ROG STRIX RX 570 OC Review

Tick Tock, no I'm not referring to a song by Kesha but instead I'm talking about the pattern that AMD seems to be following with their GPU lineup ever since the R9 200 series which was followed up by the R9 300 cards before dropping in the Polaris. A similar trend is what we are here to witness and review today, we have with us the Asus ROG STRIX RX 570 Gaming OC Graphics Card for review today all thanks to Asus India.
The RX 570 happens to be the refresh version of the RX 470 before AMD drops in their much anticipated Vega for gamers later this year. Its all in all the same 14nm Ellesmere GPU based card when it comes to bare hardware but to put it simply is overclocked with a higher TDP and interestingly is claimed by AMD to be more power efficient than its predecessor thanks to some minor tweaks on the software front.

Priced for around $185 it is clocked in at 1300Mhz on the clock and 1750Mhz on the memory the Asus STRIX RX 570 OC is 50Mhz and 100Mhz higher respectively from its Asus RX 470 OC counterpart. It is also much bigger in size obviously to accommodate a bigger cooling solution to keep this 150W TDP card under the danger mark. Rest it is the same 14nm Polaris architecture with 256-bit bus width and 32 ROPs.

What's in the Box?

Following the same packing style as the previous generation the Asus ROG STRIX RX 570 even comes in a black box with a multi-color STRIX marking on one side and the Radeon RX 570 4GB GDDR5 on the other.

At the back peculiar features such as Fan Connect, Asus AURA and DirectCU II cooler type are neatly printed with brief descriptions.

Open the box and you'll find the accessories lying beneath the molded foam containing the card. The bundled accessories include, driver CD, Asus ROG cable ties, a quick setup guide and Asus color stickers for the card itself.

Take a Closer Look

At the first glimpse itself you will realize that the STRIX RX 570 is exactly identical to the STRIX RX 470 with the main difference coming in that of physical size which is slimmer than its predecessor by a few millimeters. Other than that its similar to the very bits.

Measuring in at around 24cm its an all black card with minute detailing all over. The shroud of this dual slot card is made up of plastic and in terms of design is probably inspired from the U.S. Boeing–Sikorsky RAH-66 Comanche combat helicopter!

At the back we can see the bare PCB with no backplate but another support system is provided to which we'll come to later on in the review. The card measures in at 24.2cm x 12.9cm x 3.9cm so you can fit this thing in almost any chassis in the market today.

The card is fed by a 8-pin power connector which gives it a peak 225W power limit on paper. Compared to the RX 470 this is more which can be attributed to the fact that its significantly overclocked out of the box for which it needs extra power for stability & theoretically provides more room for further OC which I'll be testing in the benchmark section.

The DirectCU II cooler employed by Asus for the ROG RX 570 is a pair of 100mm fans that don't spin till the card reaches 54°C. These fans are flat and edgy which give them a turbine like look complimenting the whole stealthy look of the card.

Looking at the connectivity options we see that its a dual slot card with two DVI ports, one HDMI port, and one DisplayPort. The HDMI port is 2.0b and the Display Ports are 1.3 HBR3/1.4 HDR ready.

A carry forward feature over here is the inclusion of a four pin PWM fan connector which enables you to connect a case fan to the card. This in turn synchronizes the fan spin with that of the card's delivering not only quieter but also more efficient cooling experience as a whole. This feature is helpful if you connect the bottom mounted case fan since it will start spinning whenever required by the card aiding its cooling with cool air from outside.

As the card lacks a backplate so Asus has put in a thin support strip that connects directly to the I/O panel and runs through the entire length of the card on the upper corner! This provides a similar support as a backplate, to the card and prevents it from wrapping under its own weight.
This is a cost effective solution and helps to bring down the overall price.

As much as I would love to discuss the insides of this card, its practically the same as that of the Asus ROG STRIX RX 470 OC so you can read the full review here if you like.

Time for some Benchmarks and Overclocking

Installing the Asus STRIX RX 570 OC was easy and it powered up like a breeze once we booted up the system.
GPUZ reported the correct frequencies with 1300Mhz on the clock and 1750Mhz on the memory.
For benchmarking the graphics card out test bench was as follows -

CPU: Intel Core i7 7700K @4.8Ghz
Motherboard: Gigabyte Z270X Designare
RAM: Kingston HyperX Predator 8GB DDR4 3000Mhz
Cooler: Cooler Master MasterLiquid Pro 280
Graphics Card: Asus ROG STRIX RX 570 OC
Storage: Corsair Neutron GTX 480 480GB
Power Supply: Cooler Master MasterWatt Lite 700
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
GPU Driver : Crimson ReLive Edition 17.6.2

Overclocking the STRIX RX 570 was a simple process and using the Asus GPU Tweak II or any other utility yielded the same results. The highest frequency with respect to performance gains that we could obtain on our sample was 1450Mhz on the clock and 2000Mhz on the memory, anything above this either gave poor results, white dots or even system freeze. Overclocking is dependent largely upon your sample so your results would largely depend upon your card.
This frequency is 7.4% higher on the clock and 16.27% higher on the memory to that of the Asus STRIX RX 470 which managed only a 1350Mhz on the clock and 1720Mhz on the memory. This is largely due to the fact that the RX 570 comes with a 8-pin power connector which gives it more headroom for overclocking!
Also please note that you cannot control the fan speed or overclock the card using any other utility if Asus GPU Tweak II is running so make sure you take care of this.
For the benchmarking we'll be using the gaming mode aswell as the OC mode since one can obtain that through one simple click along with the the results that we obtained at manual overclocked frequencies.

AIDA64 Extreme Edition GPGPU

The AIDA64 GPGPU test not only calculates the read, write and copy speed of the graphics card and processor but is also very useful in observing the SHA-1 Hash and AES-256 score. These are indications of how well the GPU can handle number crunching or real life image or video rendering. Higher score shows a better card.

The RX 570 shows significant improvement over the RX 470 especially in the OC Mode where it clearly races ahead.

Unigine Heaven 4.0 and Unigine Valley 1.0

A compilation of 26 beautiful scenes rendered and run via the raw GPU power of the system. It emulates any game or graphical work that you'll perform on the system scoring it on various parameter. We ran the test on Custom preset and settings at 1920x1080 resolution, quality to ultra and extreme tessellation.
Gaming Mode

OC Mode

These two benchmarks utilize the full 4GB VRAM on the RX 570 hence quite an accurate real-world rendering power can be made out from the results. These results are way over that of the RX 470 which manages a mere 1045 in Unigine Heaven and 1886 in Unigine Valley benchmark indicating that the card is better optimized for graphical based tasks.

3DMark Fire Strike

Fire Strike by 3D Mark is a test suit that plays a cinematic scene to determine the FPS, GPU temperature and CPU temperature scaling everything via a cumulative score. It is a great tool to benchmark your GPU since the render is mostly GPU & memory dependent.

A similar pattern over here aswell where we can see that the RX 570 is way faster than the RX 470 in graphical performance.

Crysis 3

I can't start gaming benchmarks without running my all time favorites Crysis 3 but its a game that no system loves! The CryEngine 3 behind this scenic beauty can bring down any system to its knees and I mean any system. I set everything to Ultra at 1920x1080 resolution with MSAA 4X and motion blur high.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

The latest installation of Lara Croft in the spectacular Rise of the Tomb Raider 2016 with stunning graphics and rich location makes it a great game to benchmark with while enjoying in the due course! We used DX12 and settings were at Ultimate on full HD resolution.

Alien Isolation 

Its a great game for people, like me, who love to hunt down Xenomorphs or aliens with guns blazing all over the place. The game is highly optimized for PC and supports DirectX 11 with Tessellation, real-time Direct Compute radiosity, and shadows making it an ideal game to benchmark with settings at Ultra.

Battlefield 1 

The latest installation to the Battlefield franchise and mind it the grandest one of them all aswell, Battlefield 1 is a prequel to the infamous Battlefield 1942 placing the players right in the middle of World War 1. Based on the latest Frostbite Engine by EA-DICE, Battlefield 1 takes advantage of DirectX 12 with asynchronous compute to weave together richly detailed worlds. It is heavily taxing on current-generation hardware, and you're handsomely rewarded for investing more into your graphics setup. Settings are at Ultra preset with full HD resolution.

Batman Arkham Knight

Since the game is powered by Epic's Unreal Engine 3 and supports DX11 tessellation so playing this game on 1920x1080 resolution with all settings maxed out can be any modern system's 'worst nightmare'!

Fallout 4

Fallout 4 takes place in post-apocalyptic Boston in the year 2287, 210 years after a Nuclear war. Bethesda's Creation Engine drives the game's strong first- and third-person presentation. The game takes advantage of DirectX 11 and can be highly taxing on most of the PC hardware. At full HD resolution shadow quality was set to high along with everything else cranked to max.

Far Cry Primal

A game that takes the concept of going back in time a bit too far, set in pre-historic central Europe where man is still fighting the forces of nature to become the dominant species on Earth. Based on Ubisoft's latest Dunia Engine, the game takes advantage of DirectX 11 and is heavily taxing on high-end GPUs. We used Very High preset at 1920x1080 resolution since that's what is considered the sweet spot for this game.

Ashes of the Singularity

Developed by Oxide Games & running on the Nitrous Game Engine Ashes of the Singularity is a real-time strategy game set in the future where descendants of humans (called Post- Humans) and a powerful artificial intelligence (called the Substrate) fight a war for control of a resource known as Turinium.
We've used the in-built benchmarking tool and the result is shown in an average of all the graphical tests conducted over various locations and topographies of the game. DX12 API, Quality set to Extreme, 4xMSAA and everything else to high.


Developed by ID Software Doom or popularly written as DOOM is a reboot of the older Doom series. Its fast and scary with more than enough variety of guns that you can ever imagine or even use!
Its OpenGL and quality is set to Ultra.


After releasing the excellent Dishonored 2 France-based Arkane Studios hits it out of the park again with Prey, a first-person shooter published by Bethesda Softworks as a reboot from 11 years ago.
Unveiled at E3 2016, Prey uses the CryEngine graphics engine and audio from Audiokinetic's Wave Works Interactive Sound Engine (Wwise). It is exclusively DX11 based so no DX12 or Vulkan testing is possible.
As its the latest game to our list I don't have results for any other card but the STRIX RX 570 so I couldn't put up any comparative stats.

Noise and Temperature 

The fans on the Asus ROG STRIX RX 570 don't spin till the card hits 54°C or more. We recorded the maximum temperature in Celsius that our card hit during extensive gaming & sound was measured in decibels from a distance of 3 feet. This was performed for both stock and overclocked speeds.
Also to mention while measuring sound we turned off any other fans on the test bench and set the fans on the MasterLiquid Pro on silent to minimize any discrepancy.
I did find that when under load the card tends to make a buzzing sound or coil whine which is the exact same issue we found in the RX 470 so be aware of it when you buy this card.

My Verdict 

It won't be wrong if I say that the Asus STRIX RX 570 is mirror image of the STRIX RX 470 itself with a significant clock bump that offers a substantial performance boost at the cost of more heat and higher power consumption.
The performance of the card is really good and it somewhat fills the performance gap that used to come up between the RX 470 and the GTX 1060 3GB in titles that required less VRAM but higher clock speeds. AMD has also provided larger headroom for overclocking on the RX 570 and it displayed a 7.4% higher speed than the STRIX RX 470. RGB implementation is subtle and I kind of like it but then the absence of a backlplate on the RX 570 is something that I gravely miss, not because of aesthetics but mainly due to the fact that it does aid in cooling which we desperately needed on an overclocked card like this.
As of now the pricing for the Asus STRIX RX 570 or for that matter any AMD card is all over the place, if you manage to find one, but considering its official $185 tag we can say that its aggressively priced and finds itself sandwiched between the slower GTX 1050Ti and faster GTX 1060 or RX 580.
So who all should buy this card? Well anyone who's still rocking an old GPU mid range graphics card and wants to buy something that looks good and performs equally in the 1080p or a bit higher territories since anyone who already owns a RX 470 or similar card can take a pass on the RX 570 simply due to statistical reasons.
I recommend the Asus STRIX RX 570 OC edition to anyone who's on a budget and going out to buy himself a shiny new graphics card.
I give it a 8/10 earning our Gold Award!
Pros -
  • Excellent performance on 1080p
  • Good Overclocking headroom
  • Premium looks and finish
Cons - 
  • Can be a bit noisy at times
  • No backplate
  • Runs a bit hot under extreme load

The latest installation to the Battlefield franchise and mind it the grandest one of them all aswell, Battlefield 1 is a prequel to the infamous Battlefield 1942 placing the players right in the middle of World War 1. Based on the latest Frostbite Engine by EA-DICE, Battlefield 1 takes advantage of DirectX 12 with asynchronous compute to weave together richly detailed worlds. It is heavily taxing on current-generation hardware, and you're handsomely rewarded for investing more into your graphics setup. Settings are at Ultra preset with full HD resolution.