ASUS Matrix 5870 Platinum Review

What's in the Box?

ASUS Matrix 5870  Platinum

What's in the box?

Ok who said a graphics card?

We always rate the ASUS packaging and the Matrix Platinum is no different. Apart from the front box artwork which would look more at home on an Amiga game that a £400 graphics card.

The front of the box lifts up, as is becoming common with high-end products, allowing you to see the various elements of the features we'll see nearer the bottom of the page.

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ASUS Matrix 5870 Platinum     ASUS Matrix 5870 Platinum  

Opening up we get our first look at the Matrix Platinum. Considering how much ballyhooing there is about how this is the last word in HD5870s, it's surprising to see only a slight variation on the reference cooler.

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Dear ASUS. This isn't the first product that has come with a "Muti-Language" CD. Please fix your screen printer.

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The back of the card is braced with a sturdy plate that will make sure no warping occurs under the extreme voltages, and therefore heat, that this card is capable of.

On the back of the card is a Safe Mode button, which is there to reset the clocks should you try to push the card a little too far. It's a little like a CMOS reset on a motherboard, and its placement is equally awkward. Definitely designed for those who tweak on a bench and then install.

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Due to the Voltage Tweak BIOS the Matrix Platinum can really draw loads of power and so has two 8-pin PCIe sockets rather than the more standard two 6-pin ones.

The Matrix display, which we'll show on a later page, means the card is slightly taller than a standard one, but nothing that will cause any issues.

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Here is the Probelt points for applying your multi-meter to measure voltages. From left to right we have GPU, GPU, Memory, PCIe, PCIe and Ground.

We also have a Super ML Cap that should allow for great headroom and stability in your overclocks.

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The Matrix logo, and underline, changes colour depending upon the GPU loading. We'll see photos of that later on, but it's definitely a snazzy feature.

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Most Recent Comments

15-05-2010, 04:37:16

tinytomlogan
We do apologise its a day late, but most of the staff at OC3D are dieing from one ailment or another ATM! Anyways 5870 Platinum, we see what all the fuss is about.....

Continue Reading

15-05-2010, 07:13:52

LooseNeutral
The tone of write up said it, The vid displays it, the lack of enthusiasm. It's a shame shame. Again though, this is why I come to this site. Honesty! Great point about pricing. All in all, I figure they'll have the 6000 series and GTX 500's out by the time I'm ready to build. lol. Keep up the good work

15-05-2010, 07:35:02

Diablo
Bit dissapointing really. For that cash, I would expect something a bit more special. A 480GTX is almost that price, or for 90 extra (which isn't that much more at the end of the day for another core) one could have a 5970. Nice card, but not the difference I was expecting.

15-05-2010, 09:20:40

AMDFTW
its a nice looking card,it looks the same as the gtx285 matrix,are we not just paying for the back cover,the lights and the ML cap?

15-05-2010, 12:27:12

adicool96
Is the MATRIX faster than the GTX 480?????????????

15-05-2010, 12:30:02

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='adicool96'
Is the MATRIX faster than the GTX 480?????????????
did you even read the review? pfffft

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To answer non-time wasting questions the card is priced the same as other 2GB 5870s.

15-05-2010, 12:32:01

adicool96
Ya I did read the review i guess i didnt notice it.

15-05-2010, 12:57:30

Diablo
I don't see why the chip is so expensive and doesn't offer something that other big manufacturers attach to their flagships: a waterblock.

With a normal 5870 and waterblock (particularly MSI or Asus) you can get 1GHz core. To ask 400 plus the cost of a waterblock to get the most out of the card (not to mention the fact that you lose the fancy lights) seems ridiculous.

15-05-2010, 18:07:02

Bungral
Aria had a 2gb vapor-x 5870 at 350 a coulple of days ago but its up to 370 now.

17-05-2010, 01:30:21

thewoolard
I wonder if OC3D had a bad sample, we will have to wait till some of the community get it into their hands.

17-05-2010, 02:37:40

Diablo
The whole point is that OC3D had a sample that was not cherry picked, i.e. one that a standard user could expect, not a specailly selected review only one.

17-05-2010, 04:57:05

LooseNeutral
I whole heartedly agree with "Diablo" and thats where Asus should have known better than to just slap a logo on a product aimed at the extreme lot(ROG). Someone at Asus had some serious crainialrectumitis. Thats why my earlier comment was aimed at this site. Honesty is a commodity to be treasured. I base my hard sweat earned dollars on sites like this, as well as all of those who participate. I had a long list of sites I went to when I first got into the modding scene, It's a short list now! As a good musician friend of mine always says... "The proof is in the picking" I like the song they sing and play here Thanks OC3D

17-05-2010, 08:05:03

sheri
what program do you use for so nice charts?

17-05-2010, 08:06:16

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='sheri'
what program do you use for so nice charts?
A secret one

17-05-2010, 10:08:23

Rastalovich
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='AMDFTW'
its a nice looking card,it looks the same as the gtx285 matrix,are we not just paying for the back cover,the lights and the ML cap?
Lights, badges, stickers, names. RoG or Fatal1ty, tack on the extra monkey.

The 2g 5870s, whilst the 1g cards are going eol, are pushing the 400 mark. Whilst the latest retail 480s can be had for 393 and falling. Older 480s can still be had for anything up to 490.

17-05-2010, 10:47:31

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
Lights, badges, stickers, names. RoG or Fatal1ty, tack on the extra monkey.

The 2g 5870s, whilst the 1g cards are going eol, are pushing the 400 mark. Whilst the latest retail 480s can be had for 393 and falling. Older 480s can still be had for anything up to 490.
With reservations on the noise and heat aside. With 400 to spend even I would buy a 480 over a 400 5870 from any manufacturer.

17-05-2010, 17:19:58

cl0ck_ed
Guys this card is aimed at the extreme OCers!! that will use ln2 etc, and make use of the extra power phases just like the msi lightning. I don't see you all bashing the evga classified for being twice the price of a normal x58 mobo! I mean for the average user this card and other components like the classified are excessive 'bling' bits of kit to give a system some WOW factor.

I really don't know what you were expecting 1200mhz core?

17-05-2010, 17:41:31

Diablo
The EVGA classifieid wasn't that much more than a normal X58 when it came out 290 vs. ~250. This on the other hand doesn't really have that much advantage over a standard 5870, and by the time someone has stuck a waterblock on the standard 5870, this one doesn't have much of a chance.

An Xtreme clocker (so to speak) wouldn't go for this over a similar card, because they would stick a waterblock on it. If they were going for benchy records, wouldn't they use a superclocked 5970? They clock almost as well and have two chips instead of one.

18-05-2010, 07:35:40

Rastalovich
.. but it's got cool lights !

18-05-2010, 07:59:04

Diablo
True...but if you're going to pay 400 for that, I can offer a nice ball of string for you to chase at a mere 350, hours of enjoyment.

18-05-2010, 09:22:21

Rastalovich
What kind of string ?
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