Overclocked Asus Strix R9 380 OC Graphics Card Review

AMD has recently updated its lineup of graphics cards, offering solutions for any taste and budget. Its Radeon R9 380 adapter is an appropriate balance of quality and price. Hence, there is small wonder that all company’s partners rushed into introducing their own versions of the card. The Strix R9 380 OC from Asus is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding interpretations. Let’s see what privileges it boasts.



General Specs


Asus Strix R9 380 OC is based on Antigua Pro GPU (28 nm) that entails 1792 CUDA cores, 32 ROPs and 11 TMUs. In contrast to the etalon model running at 970 MHz frequency, this card features 990 MHz nominal clock frequency. The codename – Strix-R9380-DC2OC-2GD5-Gaming implies that this item comes equipped with 2 GB of GDDR5 memory, operating at 5500 MHz efficient frequency. However, it is assumed that Asus will introduce the version with 4 GB memory to satisfy the needs of a wider audience.


PCB Layout


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UEFI Features

The MSI company UEFI appearance has not at all changed. It is called the Click BIOS 5. A mechanism M-Flash, which has already worked without any remarks, is used to update the firmware. Basic mode allows to learn in detail about the processor, memory and storage devices used in the system. Moreover, here you can customize the work of coolers, enable XMP profile, or use the services of instant acceleration realized by the company’s engineers. The selected shell items may be optionally gathered in one of the five individual sections.


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Adata strikes the storage market by a couple of external HDDs with an exotic design. The HD650X & HD710M are housed in solid cases, featuring green and camouflage coloring. The chassis of both models is totally protected from shocks, dust, humidity or electrostatic discharge. Thus, the customers can rest assured in the data integrity.



Both 2.5-inch HDDs are equipped with USB 3.0 interfaces, although their other specifications speak of diverse destinations. Adata HD650X features 121x81x21 mm dimensions and offers 2 TB of capacity. It is compatible with Xbox 360 & Xbox One gaming consoles, promoting for the achievement of new gaming records.


In its turn, Adata HD710M (132x99x22 mm) is thought to meet IP68 standards as well as MIL-STD-810G 516.6 military specifications. Hence, it’s possible to use the drive underwater without the threat of data loss. The drive is available in two capacity variations: 1 TB or 2 TB.


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