ASUS 7970 Matrix Platinum

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As is always the case with ROG branded products the Matrix comes in the readily identifiable red box. It's strange to see the card placed at an angle below the Velcro flap, but at least it's something different.

ASUS HD7970 Matrix Platinum     ASUS HD7970 Matrix Platinum  

The Matrix Platinum itself is gargantuan. With a triple slot cooler and a sturdy backplate it's one of the heaviest cards we've yet tested. Clearly this is a card designed to remain frosty under even the most extreme overclocking scenarios. As well as the side-on logo you can see at the top of our review and we'll look at on the next page, the backplate has a large Matrix logo. Nobody will be left in any doubt as to whose graphics card you have in your system.

ASUS HD7970 Matrix Platinum     ASUS HD7970 Matrix Platinum  

As well as the standard Crossfire fingers and two 8pin PCIe power inputs we have the first clues that this is a major departure from the standard PCB. Two inputs for the VGA overvolting if you're running on a ROG Motherboard allow for tweaking without soldering.

ASUS HD7970 Matrix Platinum     ASUS HD7970 Matrix Platinum  

At the other end we have the monitoring points to make sure you're not frying your card under extreme conditions. Just below them we have the TweakIt buttons which allow for on the fly voltage adjustment. The 100% button refers to the fan speeds. Press this button and the fans instantly run at their maximum which helps keep temperatures down as well as make you go deaf.

ASUS HD7970 Matrix Platinum     ASUS HD7970 Matrix Platinum  

As a large part of this cards purpose is to be easy for the LN2 brigade to use, ASUS have included a heatsink to keep the Nichicon GT capacitors cool. Finally we have the two DVI outputs and the four DisplayPorts. For the more common HDMI connection you'll need an adaptor, which is provided.

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Most Recent Comments

22-10-2012, 05:25:39

Harsh but fair.Quote

22-10-2012, 05:44:34

I always hate to see good manufacturers righteously get their bollocks handed to them (Except for NZXT, that was pretty funny!)

ASUS could have at least sent a cherry picked review sample, so they wouldn't look as bad.

By the way, Tom, is it planned for the future to get the graphs in HTML5 instead of Flash (or some sort of compromise). I went on this on a mobile device and none of the numbers would show. Quote

22-10-2012, 06:42:45

its a lovely designed card but the performence is really disappointing...
tom was swearing and that doesnt happen often Quote

22-10-2012, 06:56:54

Disappointing. Asus make great motherboards but their GPU's feel more fluff than substance.

I really get the sense that they are using the Republic of Gamers branding on products that aren't really that premium. If they continue to dilute the brand it will become worthless. I also don't think the lights on the side of the card are a good idea, makes it look like a cheap afterthought to distract from the cards main fault: Performance.Quote

22-10-2012, 20:09:11

idk tom.... i think you got a dud....

the platinums ARE cherry picked...hence the "Platinum"Quote

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