ASUS R9 290X Matrix Platinum Review

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If you have already read our 780Ti Matrix review then don't adjust your set, these aren't duplicate pictures. Instead of designing something that is distinctly different, ASUS have ensured that you can choose your weapon without compromising the fantastic looks of their Matrix cooler.

ASUS R9 290X Matrix Review     ASUS R9 290X Matrix Review  

It is, externally at least, almost identical to the 780Ti Matrix. Eagle-eyed readers will notice that the R9 290X Matrix is missing the SLI fingers as the AMD card gets it all done without the need for a bridge connector.

ASUS R9 290X Matrix Review     ASUS R9 290X Matrix Review  

We think that the Matrix cooler is definitely one of the most attractive around, and the black anodised heatpipes beautifully match the black and red colour scheme of the rest of the card. Very nice.

ASUS R9 290X Matrix Review     ASUS R9 290X Matrix Review  

Just like the GTX780Ti the R9 290X requires two 8-pin PCIe power inputs. Given that the MSI Lightning used three 8pins it's good to see a card designed for the same extreme overclocking that takes a more sensible approach to power input. Of course if it only means that the overclock isn't as good then we might end up feeling differently.

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Most Recent Comments

17-03-2014, 21:09:33

Excalabur50
Why buy this at it's price when for the same money roughly you can buy a Lightning that out performs it, is quieter and cooler?
I know where my money would go.....if I had it of course Quote

18-03-2014, 04:54:37

barnsley
This looks nice but it really seems that in terms of AMD gpus especially Asus have gone form over function.

I'd go for the 290x toxic or the lightning over this.Quote

18-03-2014, 05:25:08

tinytomlogan
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Originally Posted by Excalabur50 View Post
Why buy this at it's price when for the same money roughly you can buy a Lightning that out performs it, is quieter and cooler?
I know where my money would go.....if I had it of course
For the average joe youre right. For a subzero boy this is reported to own the Lightning.... mainstream versus niche.Quote

18-03-2014, 05:42:29

SieB
How the hell can they make a card with a nice beefy heatsink, with two good fans and yet it still be loud and hit 90*c?
Asus, are you even trying? I hope they didn't just slap the 780Ti Matrix cooler on this one as well like they did with the DCUII.

Whether it's made for LN2 or not it should still perform well on air, the Lightining is designed to do what this does and it still performs well on air and is quiet. Asus have not done well with the 290s compared to the other manufacturers, which is a shame.Quote

18-03-2014, 06:30:45

ahimoth
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Originally Posted by SieB View Post
How the hell can they make a card with a nice beefy heatsink, with two good fans and yet it still be loud and hit 90*c?
Asus, are you even trying? I hope they didn't just slap the 780Ti Matrix cooler on this one as well like they did with the DCUII.

Whether it's made for LN2 or not it should still perform well on air, the Lightining is designed to do what this does and it still performs well on air and is quiet. Asus have not done well with the 290s compared to the other manufacturers, which is a shame.
It seems to me that this is more a testament to the power that these cards deliver. Air cooling might just be reaching it's limits with these cards although I think that's also unlikely. Nvidia's cards stay reasonably cool and if the 750Ti is anything to go by the new generation of Nvidia cards are going to be extremely low power and therefore heat.

I wouldn't mind seeing full water block cards with Swiftech H220 like AIO expandable coolers on them. Honestly the Ares should have had a larger radiator than a 120 mm :S Anyway... I'm actually excited that this card runs hot even with this awesome air cooler on it.Quote
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