ASUS 7970 Matrix Platinum

Test Setup, Overclocking and Temps

ASUS HD7970 Matrix Platinum

Test Setup

ASUS HD7970 Matrix Platinum
Catalyst 12.8 Drivers
Intel Core i7-3960X @ 4.6GHz
ASUS Rampage IV Extreme
Corsair Dominator Platinum
Corsair AX1200W
Corsair H100
Windows 7 Ultimate x64  

Overclocking

Despite all the possible tweaks and tunings available to us the Matrix Platinum was only able to be overclocked by 100MHz before we lost stability. Considering we have loadline calibration and a host of voltage adjustments available to us we have to say that we were very disappointed in such a meagre stable overclock. Of course you could push it as high as you desire if you're only going to run a basic test, but we always demand stability throughout our testing and 1200MHz was the limit. If anything it speaks volumes that ASUS themselves use 3D Mark 03 in their press kit. That's about as demanding as reading the ingredients on a packet of peanuts.

The side lights change colour depending upon the GPU loading which is almost wholly useless. Why have these colours available if we can't manually set them to match our rig? Does anyone really care how hard their GPU is working? Wouldn't you rather be able to have it always matching the colour scheme of your system?

ASUS HD7970 Matrix Platinum     ASUS HD7970 Matrix Platinum   

Temperatures

None of the HD7970s we've tested have been insanely hot, and the Matrix is no different. Despite it being a triple slot cooling solution it's actually warmer than the dual-slot Gigabyte Windforce cooler. It's certainly quiet though, but then so is the reference cooler. Of course the 100% fan button changes the noise factor, but you're unlikely to need it as we've got loads of headroom even with a voltage tweaked overclock.

 

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Most Recent Comments

22-10-2012, 05:25:39

B NEGATIVE
Harsh but fair.Quote

22-10-2012, 05:44:34

233Kosta
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

CPMFW
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

Vicey
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

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

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