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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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, 07:13:52

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 workQuote

15-05-2010, 07:35:02

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.Quote

15-05-2010, 09:20:40

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?Quote

15-05-2010, 12:27:12

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

15-05-2010, 12:30:02

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


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

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