ASUS Unveils Strix R9 280 and Strix GTX 780 Graphics Cards, Strix Pro Gaming Headset

With the introduction of the Strix graphics cards and headset, ASUS plans to expand the brand with new products later this year. By ChannelPro

Taken from the ancient Roman and Greek word for owl, Strix is the brand name for the new ASUS gaming-gear series. The first products released from the new brand include the Strix R9 280 and Strix GTX 780 graphics cards and the Strix Pro gaming headset. ASUS has announced plans to expand the new series later this year to offer a variety of gaming gear, including mice and keyboards.

Strix R9 280 and Strix GTX 780 Graphics Cards

The Strix R9 280 and Strix GTX 780 graphics cards are powered by RadeonTM R9 280 and GeForceGTXTM 780 GPUs, and feature ASUS technologies including DirectCU II to deliver cooler, quieter and faster performance and 0dB-cooling technology with the potential to run in total silence. When playing at HD resolutions of up to 1920 x 1080 pixels, and in environmental temperatures of up to 65°C, the new Strix graphics automatically stop user’s fans, for lighter game plays in total silence.

DirectCU II thermal technology in the graphics cards puts conductive 10mm copper cooling pipes in direct contact with the card’s GPU to dissipate heat quickly. The heat-sink offers a heat-dissipation area that is 220% larger than reference, allowing Strix R9 280 and Strix GTX 780 to perform 20% cooler and run three-times (3X) quieter than reference.

The cards also feature ASUS DIGI+ voltage-regulation modules (VRMs) and GPU Tweak for overclocking and online streaming.

Strix R9 280 is fitted with 3GB of high-speed GDDR5 video memory and races along up to 980MHz, and Strix GTX 780 benefits from a boosted clock speed of 941MHz supported by 6GB of GDDR5 memory.

Specifications:

STRIX-GTX780-OC-6GD5
• NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780
• PCI Express 3.0
• 6GB GDDR5 memory
• 889MHz base clock speed
• 941MHz boosted speed
• 6008MHz memory clock
• 384-bit memory interface
• 1 x DVI-D output
• 1 x DVI-I output
• 1 x DisplayPort output
• 1 x HDMI output

STRIX-R9280-OC-3GD5
• AMD Radeon R9 280
• PCI Express 3.0
• 3GBGDDR5 memory
• 980MHz engine clock speed
• 5200MHz memory clock
• 384-bit memory interface
• 1 x DVI-D output
• 1 x DVI-I output
• 1 x DisplayPort output
• 1 x HDMI output

Strix Pro Gaming Headset

In addition to the Strix graphics cards, ASUS also introduced the Strix Pro, a multi-platform gaming headset engineered with 60mm neodymium-magnet drivers, full-size hexagonal ear cushions (130mm across at the widest point), and technology that filters out over 90% of environmental noise. The headset is supplied with a USB-powered control box that includes a built-in microphone, and is accompanied by a 1.5m extension lead with separate headphone and mic plugs. Strix Pro is compatible with PCs, Macs, PlayStation 4 consoles, and many smartphones and tablets.

Specifications:

  • Connectivity: Unique 5-pole 3.5mm connector from headset
  • 4-pole 3.5mm combined audio connector for mobile devices
  • 3-pole 3.5mm connectors + USB for audio box (PC/Mac)
  • Speaker driver dimension 60mm diameter
  • Driver material Neodymium magnet
  • Impedance 32ohms
  • Frequency response 20Hz-20kHz
  • Sensitivity 98dB SPL
  • Weight 320 g (without cable)
  • Cable 2.7m (1.2m + 1.5m); braided-fiber protection
  • Microphone:
  • Type Detachable
  • Pick-up pattern Unidirectional
  • Frequency Response 50Hz-16kHz
  • Sensitivity -40 ± 3dB
  • ENC performance Greater than 90% environmental-noise cancellation
  • Power USB