One of the first companies to show off its custom RDNA 2 cards is ASUS, having published a blog post teasing the features and aesthetics of its ROG and TUF Gaming Radeon RX 6000 Series models: the ROG Strix LC Radeon RX 6800 XT, ROG Strix Radeon RX 6800, TUF Gaming Radeon RX 6800 XT, and TUF Gaming Radeon RX 6800.
The flagship thus far is the ROG Strix LC Radeon RX 6800 XT, which boasts an all-in-one liquid cooling solution comprising a custom pump module, large cold plate, 240-mm radiator with 120-mm fans, 600-mm coolant hoses, low-profile heat sink, and more. All of this is complemented by ASUS’s Aura RGB LEDs.
“An illuminated ROG logo on the edge of the card communicates your allegiance whether you choose horizontal or vertical mounting for your GPU,” ASUS noted. “The radiator fans include addressable Aura RGB LEDs to bring the light show to wherever you choose to mount the radiator.”
One level down is ASUS’s ROG Strix Radeon RX 6800, which leverages a less intricate but effective means of cooling with a tri-axial fan configuration and huge heat sink. This card is recommended for mid-range system builders who are seeking simplicity but desire the flashiness that often comes with ASUS’s ROG Strix brand.
“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,” ASUS wrote. “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.”
ASUS is also releasing TUF Gaming versions of the AMD Radeon RX 6800 XT and Radeon RX 6800 for users who desire a cleaner, darker industrial look. While these cards are lower in the stack, they do feature a 2.9-slot heat sink, just like the ROG Strix Radeon RX 6800.
“Just like on the ROG Strix cooler, the central fan rotates clockwise while the two on the flanks spin counter-clockwise to reduce turbulence,” ASUS explained. “These fans allow for higher RPMs and more air movement through the heatsink without a corresponding increase in acoustic footprint.”
Unfortunately, ASUS hasn’t shared the specifications for its ROG Strix LC Radeon RX 6800 XT, ROG Strix Radeon RX 6800, TUF Gaming Radeon RX 6800 XT, and TUF Gaming Radeon RX 6800 models yet. Pricing also remains unknown.