Originally Posted by greytoad
Too bad. You could always do a red mod on your strix and get the best of both worlds. $300! I got mine for $200 and free shipping due to an american express promotion on New Egg. Was it the ASIC quality or is that what they go for now?
What is a Red Mod?
I watched a video on the Strix RX 480 PCB. The guy was pointing out every part of the power distribution, it is severely overbuilt. The best part about it, the GPU core is powered entirely by the 8pin. People say the Strix cards are overpriced, but when you look at the custom PCB and the heatsink, what do they expect?
As for the other AIB cards, I feel the Sapphire Nitro+ is the worst. The heatsink is meh and judging by reviews the temps aren't much better than a reference. The PC Red Devil is pretty nice, but aesthetically is just not for me. The power delivery components / setup isn't nearly as nice as the Strix either. The XFX RX 480 GTR on the other hand appears to be a solid card. The power delivery components are high quality and the heatsink is top notch. I guess its the coolest AIB RX 480 yet, running cooler than the Nitro and Devil. Aesthetically pleasing with a nice aluminum backplate. 3+2 year warranty (3 years on whole card, 5 years on fans) and the fans are swappable.
What do you think of the XFX? It is in stock right now too. I like the STRIX more and I feel that it will be a "better" card. However, Asus has the absolute worst customer service / RMA Service / RMA policy and procedures and I can't believe I am even considering buying anything Asus after straight RMA nightmares I had with an Asus monitor and ROG notebook on the past. I went almost two months without both.