Asus reveals 5600 XT TUF X3 Gaming & ROG Strix graphics cards

The Asus 5600 XT TUF and the Asus RX 5600 XT ROG Strix cards.
The Asus 5600 XT TUF and the Asus RX 5600 XT ROG Strix cards. (Image credit: Asus)

It seems that every time some releases a new graphics cards, small battles are waged between Nvidia and AMD. With AMD’s Radeon RX 5600 XT gearing up for its imminent release on January 21 and coming for Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, Nvidia naturally went on the defensive by dropping the price of its popular RTX 2060. And in response, AMD might possibly boost the clocks of the RX 5600 XT before it’s out in the wild.

With all this back and forth between the rivals, it’s easy to miss AMD’s AIB partners showcasing their RX 5600 XT designs ahead of the GPU’s official release date, starting with MSI and with Asus right on its heels.

Videocardz recently reported that the Taiwan-based manufacturer has finally revealed the designs and some specs for its two upcoming RX 5600 XT cards that will be joining its TUF Gaming and ROG Strix lines. And, while neither are particularly noteworthy design- and specs-wise, Asus fans awaiting the RX 5600 XT release might want to pay attention.

1080p gaming at good value

Asus’ TUF gaming line is more focused on providing great value to consumers, which really means great performance for an even better price. And, while Asus has yet to share the price on the Asus 5600 XT TUF X3 Gaming GPU, we’re pretty sure it will be friendlier to the budget-minded.

The Asus 5600 XT TUF X3 Gaming graphics card will boast 6GB of GDDR6 VRAM, a triple fan design and a base clock of 1620MHz in gaming mode, as well as feature three DP and one HDMI ports. It will also require one 8-pin connector.

Higher-tier 1080p gaming

Like its TUF Gaming counterpart, the Asus RX 5600 XT ROG Strix will also have the same VRAM, triple fan design, clock speeds and ports. The only difference, at least as far as the specs available right now, is that this model will feature dual power connectors (6+8pin).

Typically, the ROG Strix graphics cards are a bit more expensive than the TUF line – the Radeon RX 5700 XT ROG Strix, for example, is $40 (about £30, AU$58) more than the TUF version – so expect that to be the case with the RX 5600 XT cards as well.

Both the Asus 5600 XT TUF and the Asus RX 5600 XT ROG Strix cards are slated for release on January 21, 2020.

Michelle Rae Uy

Michelle Rae Uy is the former Computing Reviews and Buying Guides Editor at TechRadar. She's a Los Angeles-based tech, travel and lifestyle writer covering a wide range of topics, from computing to the latest in green commutes to the best hiking trails. She's an ambivert who enjoys communing with nature and traveling for months at a time just as much as watching movies and playing sim games at home. That also means that she has a lot more avenues to explore in terms of understanding how tech can improve the different aspects of our lives.