ASUS ROG Strix Gold Aura PSUs Arrive With Up To 1200W To Feed Your Power Hungry GPU
ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) has launched its all-new Strix Gold Aura Edition series PSUs. These fully modular PC power supplies are the most premium that ASUS offers, sporting specs such as; a native 16-pin PCI Express power connector, ATX 3.0 compatibility, improved cooling, weighty heatsinks, 0dB modes, and integrated Aura Sync RGB illumination. The timing of the launch seems to be nicely aligned for ASUS, with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 power connector-gate still a hot topic among PC DIYers and enthusiasts.
The new ROG Strix Gold Aura PSUs are built on the foundation of the successful original Strix 850 W Gold PSU, with added ATX 3.0 niceties like the native 16-pin PCIe 5.0 12VHPWR power connector, explains ASUS. The new ASUS ROG Strix Gold Aura PSUs are available in 750W, 850W, 1000W, and 1200W variants, and have some key technology tweaks for superior performance.
Some of the ASUS design tweaks worth of highlighting include a large heatsink claimed to be twice as hefty as those equipped in traditional PSUs. ASUS says that the larger heatsink extends 0dB operation during light and medium loading, and in this particular design is integrated with the aluminum chassis for greater thermal mass and area.
Inside the new PSUs you will find a 135 mm axial-tech fan for when active cooling is required, which uses a dual ball-bearing. Other quality supporting components are the efficient and durable low-ESR Japanese capacitors.
ASUS points out that the new ROG Strix Gold Aura PSUs are a great match for its recently launched Strix GeForce RTX 4090 or TUF Gaming GeForce RTX 4090 graphics cards, a no Quadropus adapter will be required, providing a tidier, sleeker, more airflow friendly connection—which is also hopefully less prone to overheating.
An Elegant Solution to Connector-gate? Not Quite.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 connector-gate has yet to be officially resolved by the green team. The latest information we have is that NVIDIA is still actively investigating the issue, but enthusiasts remain without official guidance from the GPU designer at this time.
There is a degree of third party help out there, advising users to be extremely careful with connecting their power adapters and then the 16-pin connector onto the GPU—without too much cable bending or shearing near the end of the connector. Looking over the trends with regard to PSU connector issues, the majority of complaints appear to be from users of the NVIDIA Quadropus power adapter, so those lucky enough to own a PSU with a native 16-pin PCI Express power connector have felt more assured about the potential for melting issues. However, the first complaints about melting plastic, even when using native 16-pin to 16-pin cables, have started to appear.