ASUS today has officially announced its new lineup of ROG Strix and TUF Gaming AMD Radeon™ 6800 Series graphics cards. The new AMD Radeon™ RX 6800 Series and the underlying RDNA™ 2 GPU gaming architecture unleashes a new era of Radeon™ graphics power. And to get the most out of these exciting new graphics cards, engineers at ASUS have been hard at work developing ROG Strix and TUF Gaming graphics cards that deliver the high performance, low temperatures, and quiet operation that gaming enthusiasts always expects.
The ROG Strix LC Radeon RX 6800 XT
The Radeon™ RX 6800 XT is one of the most powerful GPUs that AMD has ever built. As ASUS engineers began to sketch out the ROG Strix card, the raw power of the Radeon™ RX 6800 XT spurred the design of a cooling system that could unleash its full potential. During this process, the ASUS team naturally turned to liquid cooling. PC enthusiasts the world over are already familiar with the benefits of all-in-one liquid cooling systems for their CPUs, and many of them have even added similar systems to their graphics cards using aftermarket kits to pursue the outer limits of GPU performance.
To take full advantage of the benefits of liquid cooling, we built the ROG Strix LC Radeon RX 6800 XT from the ground up with a custom pump module that’s specifically tailored to the needs of a graphics card. A large cold plate cools both the GPU silicon and the GDDR6 memory modules that ring the chip. The heat from those components is transferred directly into the liquid cooling loop rather than into the case’s internal environment. At the other end of the loop, we chose a 240mm radiator to strike the right balance between high cooling potential and broad compatibility with the mounting points available in today’s PC cases. A low-noise blower fan and low-profile heatsink within the shroud of the graphics card ensure that the power-delivery circuitry stays chilly.
Because the liquid cooler’s radiator can be secured to a wide range of mounting points inside today’s cases, the ROG Strix LC Radeon RX 6800 XT creates intriguing possibilities for a high-performance system builds. For example, the radiator can be mounted directly on a case exhaust vent, ensuring that the heat produced by the GPU and memory never has an opportunity to circulate into the rest of the system. This direct-exhaust approach provides ample cooling performance for the graphics card alongside lower temperatures and potentially higher performance for the rest of the components in a system. If the highest possible GPU cooling performance is a priority, builders with robust system cooling can mount the 240mm radiator and its fans on an intake vent to give the GPU cooling loop access to the freshest, lowest-temperature airflow available.
However you mount it on your PC, the ROG Strix LC RX 6800 XT is made to seamlessly integrate with your build. We equip the card with especially long 600mm coolant hoses to allow for more mounting options in a case, even in EATX enclosures with cavernous interiors. Those hoses are sleeved in textile webbing to protect against abrasion and to add an extra touch of class to your system.
To move heat out of the loop, we use a pair of custom-designed 120mm radiator fans that are optimized for both high CFMs and static pressure to keep air moving through the closely packed fins of the heat exchanger. As with other ROG Strix cards, you can extend the ROG Strix LC RX 6800 XT’s onboard fan control intelligence to a pair of system fans using a pair of our FanConnect II headers. These headers let connected case fans respond directly to changes in GPU temperatures, increasing cooling airflow right when it’s needed under gaming loads. They can also respond to changes in CPU temperature if you simply need more fan headers to hook up to in your system.
As we developed the ROG Strix LC RX 6800 XT, we wanted to build a graphics card that was unmistakably ROG not just in its performance, but also in its appearance. Light from addressable Aura RGB LEDs shines through striations in the card’s cooling shroud, illuminating plenty of distinctive ROG iconography and cyber-text accents. An illuminated ROG logo on the edge of the card communicates your allegiance whether you choose horizontal or vertical mounting for your GPU. The radiator fans include addressable Aura RGB LEDs to bring the light show to wherever you choose to mount the radiator.
Taken as a whole, the ROG Strix LC RX 6800 XT’s tantalizing combination of liquid cooling and bold style is a perfect pairing to unleash all the performance available from the next generation of high-end Radeon graphics. It’ll make its mark both in the frame rate that it delivers to your gaming display and through the window of your case.
The ROG Strix RX 6800
Alongside the Radeon RX 6800 XT, AMD is also announcing the Radeon RX 6800 to bring Big Navi’s performance to more midrange systems. For Radeon fans in the Republic of Gamers, the ROG Strix version of the RX 6800 comes decked out with all of our latest advancements for air-cooled graphics cards.
A massive 2.9-slot heatsink effectively transfers heat away from the GPU silicon itself using multiple heat pipes and a base plate with our MaxContact finishing tech, which increases surface area for better heat transfer. A trio of fans with our latest Axial-tech design pushes plenty of airflow through the heatsink’s dense fin array while minimizing noise levels. Notched barrier rings on the outer fans, along with a counter-rotating central fan and higher blade counts across the board, ensure that airflow is directed to the hottest parts of the GPU cooler with minimal interference from unwanted turbulence. The custom short PCB of the ROG Strix Radeon RX 6800 also allows us to create a ventilation cutout in the full-length back plate of the cooler, providing more room for heat to exit the GPU and enter the case’s airflow path.
The ROG Strix cooler delivers a healthy dose of style alongside its impressive performance potential. Across both its shroud and its full-coverage backplate, a subtle palette of grays and silvers provides an ideal base canvas for RGB LED-illuminated systems, and an eye-catching addressable Aura RGB LED array on the edge of the card integrates with the rest of your Aura Sync-compatible components for an easily coordinated light show. As with the ROG Strix LC Radeon RX 6800 XT, the ROG Strix RX 6800 can extend its cooling intelligence to your system fans with its pair of FanConnect II headers.
TUF Gaming series RX 6800 XT and RX 6800
For gamers who want sturdy, stealthy graphics cards, we’ve also created TUF Gaming versions of the Radeon RX 6800 XT and RX 6800.
The cooling design of both cards starts with a 2.9-slot heatsink built for plenty of thermal headroom and quiet operation under the demands of today’s highest-wattage GPUs. We move air through that high surface area heatsink using three fans with our latest Axial-tech design. Just like on the ROG Strix cooler, the central fan rotates clockwise while the two on the flanks spin counter-clockwise to reduce turbulence. These fans allow for higher RPMs and more air movement through the heatsink without a corresponding increase in acoustic footprint. An angular aluminum shroud with a rugged new industrial design wraps around the heatsink to suggest a sense of purposeful performance.
A full-length aluminum backplate adds a touch of style to your system with subtle TUF Gaming graphics, and large ventilation cut out ahead of the short custom PCB provides another route for hot air to enter the case’s airflow path. Auto-Extreme assembly technology, used across our lineup, precisely places and solders components without human intervention to boost reliability and build quality. A 144-hour testing regime and extra-sturdy capacitors ensure out-of-the-box reliability and long service life. And you’ll be able to personalize your TUF Gaming card to match the rest of your system using the onboard Aura RGB LEDs, too.