Posted by: Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 10/16/2012 07:21 AM [ 13 comment(s) ]
We review the ASUS Radeon HD 7970 MATRIX Platinum. A factory overclocked three slot wide beast with massive cooling capacity. The completely customized card comes with voltage measurement points, a 20-phase VRM circuitry with supper alloy caps and chokes as well as a special capacitors added to maximize overclocking headroom, according to ASUS.
The ASUS Matrix AMD Radeon HD 7970 Platinum video card is aimed at the enthusiast crowd. You'll see features like a Safe Mode button for situations where an overclocking attempt is unsuccessful or a BIOS flash goes bad. The GPU is clocked at a great 1100 MHz and this is the default frequency as the card. A very nice fact as well is that the GDDR5 memory that runs at 6600 MHz effective frequency directly out of the box.The card features a 20-phase GPU power circuit plus two more additional power phases for the memory and the PLL. But wait there's more my man. Let's startup the review please.
We received that big'ass Republic of Gamers (ROG) MATRIX GTX 580 graphics card from ASUS. The Republic of Gamers MATRIX GTX 580 Platinum graphics card is powered by an extensive 19-phase VRM circuitry that draws power from two 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors. The card will come with two BIOSes, so should you mess one up you have a failsafe by pressing a button. Something interesting is on-the-fly fan RPM control, check the photo's later on for that feature.
Many moons have passed and ATI gave their partners the thumbs up to create little werewolves. See, when it's a full moon the R5870 turns into something geeky, extraordinary, even a bit hairy. Yes the OC editions of the Radeon HD 5870 series were unleashed. As the ASUS ROG team started to design the ASUS Radeon 5870 Matrix Platinum. In all its ways this card needs to be extreme, so we spot a custom PCB, some extraordinary cooling, we see a 2 GB memory size, we spot a standard overclock, but most of all... the card comes with overclocking software that allows voltage tweaking on three domains within the graphics card. What makes this product series so special is that it haves been designed with the ROG team (Republic of Gamers) a small group of enthusiasts within the ASUS campus. Little red colored minions that drink LN2 and taze each other just for fun. They live by one rule only, gain the maximum performance out of a product... and do things right.