Originally Posted by ronnin426850
The Strix has issues with BIOS, like all ASUS cards of the past 5 years. Sometimes image disappears, sometimes the GPU fails to start at all, sometimes it bugs out with multiple displays. The thing about the Strix's VRM is that the core's power is physically separated from the PCI-E, for those still paranoid about the excessive PCI-E power draw issue of launch day.
Also, Strix's VRM's are on the inner side of the card, while XFX's are near the exhaust, which is better for heat management in the case.
The Strix core VRM, which IS an overkill, as you said:
The XFX core VRM, which is MUCH MORE of an overkill:
So you can see that the XFX is superior in almost every regard.
The XFX is super temp sensitive, the Strix is equal (actually a bit more) to the XFX in output but less temp sensitive, beyond 90c the VRMs capability drops off quickly but as long as you keep it cool its fine. The strix has the advantage of being less temp sensitive, better power planes, voltage read out points, and overall is just a fantastic PCB. He flat out said in the XFX video "its not as powerful as the Strix though". You cant cherry pick here when its been agreed the Strix is OP by more than just me or Loladinas, even by buildzoid and others who know more than we do.
The GTR is a great card absolutely (and cheaper than the Stric no?), but the Strix has better power delivery and better features for overclocking. Its simply the best 480 bar none. Opinion doesnt change the observable fact of how freakishly good the Strix PCB is.
That said, id get the XFX first because it cost 50$ less than the Strix (or was).
EDIT: just checked, not anymore theres no reason not to get the Strix if you have enough for the GTR unless you hate ASUSEdited by Echoa - 3/6/17 at 1:16am