The initial visuals offer a brief moment of intrigue, driven largely by the anticipation of the third image's details. Starting with the ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) product, the Matrix's design remains consistent with familiar aesthetics. Dominated by a black hue, the distinct red eye logo and holographic text, synonymous with ROG products, stand out. The unboxing experience of an ROG item is unparalleled, and the Matrix Platinum doesn't disappoint.
The GeForce RTX 4090 is armed with an impressive 24 GB of GDDR6X memory, operating at an efficient data rate of 21 Gbps. This impressive memory bandwidth categorizes it as one of the leading gaming graphics cards. More comprehensive specifications will be elaborated upon in the following segments. The I/O panel houses three DisplayPort 1.4 connectors and a duo of HDMI 2.1 connector, capable of supporting 8K 60 Hz HDR through a standalone HDMI cable.
When opened, buyers find a thank-you note from ASUS, nestled within a protective foam layer. The ROG Matrix displays advanced hardware elements, from reinforced copper traces within the PCB to the finely-finished brushed aluminum on the cooler's outer layer.
By default, the device operates on Performance BIOS, though an alternative is available in the Silent BIOS mode, geared for ideal thermal regulation. It's pivotal to understand that the distinction between the two BIOS settings pertains to fan configurations, granting users the flexibility to prioritize between temperature and sound levels.
Central to the AIO water cooler is ASUS's innovative cold plate design, optimized for the GPU, memory, and VRMs' efficient cooling. A noteworthy adaptation is ASUS's choice of liquid metal over traditional thermal paste. Although liquid metal provides enhanced thermal conductivity, it is also electrically conductive. To mitigate potential hazards, ASUS integrates UV resin on the capacitors and introduces dual protective barriers between the GPU die and the PCB, ensuring no unintentional short circuit from the liquid metal. The card is compatible with both horizontal and vertical orientations.
The exclusively engineered copper cold plate that cools the GPU, VRMs, and Memory is connected through the revolutionary liquid metal thermal compound. This compound has been well-received in the overclocking domain. The liquid is circulated by an ASUS-customized pump, ensuring optimal flow. Compared to their liquid-cooled Strix card, ASUS boasts an 8°C temperature drop—a noteworthy feat. The structure is further supported by a sturdy metal frame that ensures the tubing's stability. The tubing itself is generous, spanning 700mm, making it adaptable to various casing sizes and radiator placements.
This sophisticated cooling system is necessitated by the Matrix Platinum's 14-layer PVCB, which houses 24 70A phases, equipped with MP86957GMJ Mosfets and capacitors rated at 15K. The device is undeniably formidable. For the RTX 4090, the GPU boost frequency has been elevated, maintaining a baseline of 2670 MHz during gaming and often soaring to around 2800 MHz. With a TDP oscillating between 425 and 450 watts, it complies with the 12VHWPR standards, replacing the former three eight-pin connections. Another notable enhancement is the refined RGB lighting, which presents more vibrant hues, seamless transitions, and minimized hot spots when juxtaposed with its predecessors.