Following the announcements of the AMD and NVIDIA graphics cards at CES 2022, manufacturers are releasing their GPU based on the Radeon RX 6500 XT and GeForce RTX 3050 series GPUs. First, we have GIGABYTE and now we have ASUS. Read on to find out more about the new ASUS graphics cards.
The Dual Radeon RX 6500 XT and TUF Gaming Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics cards are built on a 6nm process and the AMD RDNA 2 gaming architecture. Designed to deliver great 1080p gaming experiences, the GPUs offer high bandwidth, low latency AMD Infinity Cache, and speedy 4GB of GDDR6 RAM. The cards also support Microsoft Windows 11 and Microsoft DirectX 12 Ultimate, AMD Smart Access Memory technology, AMD FidelityFX Super Resolution upscaling technology, and more.
ASUS Dual Radeon RX 6500 XT
The Dual Radeon RX 6500 XT features a compact two-slot design that can fit into equally compact small-form-factor builds easily. The GPU has an Axial-tech fan design and an 85W power draw to deliver excellent 1080p gaming performance without producing excessive heat or noise.
Its zero-decibel technology will automatically turn off the fans under lighter workloads and will only spin when the GPU temperature reaches 60°C. Aesthetics-wise, the graphics card has subtle RGB lighting on the shroud and an aluminum backplate to give it a premium feel.
ASUS TUF Gaming Radeon RX 6500 XT
The TUF Gaming Radeon RX 6500 XT graphics card comes with a 2.7-slot heatsink and dual Axial-tech fans that allow it to cool down more than the Dual Radeon RX 6500 XT GPU while maintaining the same noise levels and facilitating a 90W power budget for a slightly higher sustained GPU clock speed. Users who prioritize quiet operation can switch the graphics card into Q mode.
Featuring a stylish and angular design, the GPU is Aura Sync compatible as users can customize the Aura RGB lighting on the TUF logo to match the card's lighting to the rest of their system. Its backplate has a vented edge to allow air to pass through the heatsink for optimal cooling.
ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3050
In terms of design, the ROG Strix GeForce RTX 3050 GPU features an addressable RGB LED ROG logo on the backplate and a full-length light strip. It comes with a 2.7-slot heatsink to direct heat away from the GPU's hotspots through a base plate finished with ASUS' MaxContact process that also covers the GDDR6 RAM modules to keep them running at optimal temperatures.
To keep the card cool while operating at the highest level of performance, it uses a trio of nine-blade Axial-tech fans, and to minimize turbulence, the side fans and the middle fan spin in opposite directions. The vented backplate allows hot air from the heatsink to follow the natural airflow path more easily and the FanConnect II headers dedicate case fans to the control of the GPU.
ASUS Dual GeForce RTX 3050 8GB and ASUS Phoenix GeForce RTX 3050 8GB
The Asus Dual GeForce RTX 3050 8GB and ASUS Phoenix GeForce RTX 3050 8GB graphics cards are designed for more compact builds like a microATX or mini-ITX case.
The Dual GeForce RTX 3050 8GB GPU utilizes a pair of Axial-tech fans to maintain airflow on a dense array of heat pipes and fins. Under low workload and low-temperature conditions, the card will operate silently at 0dB.
Meanwhile, the ASUS Phoenix GeForce RTX 3050 8GB GPU offers the power of NVIDIA Ampere architecture at a more tightly packed build. It has a sturdy aluminum backplate and an Axial-tech fan to offer both cooling and gaming performance. The Phoenix card also has a special protective conformal coating on the PCBs against any potential short circuits caused by moisture, dust, and debris.