ASUS R9 290X Matrix Platinum Review

Features

ASUS R9 290X Matrix Review

Features

The same rich set of features that we saw on the GTX780Ti Matrix are also found on the ASUS R9 290X Matrix. A wealth of the highest quality components ensure that the power phases not only last a long time but also give you the smoothest possible power delivery.

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Despite being engineered for exotic cooling solutions the Matrix is still designed to be a solid performer under air cooling and to this end the Matrix cooler has plenty of elements to ensure stable use. Given how hot the Hawaii XT core can get we can't wait to see how cool it can become.

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Of course when you're using LN2 then 'being cool' can actually be a problem, and the Matrix comes equipped with a molex power input that can defrost the memory for you and prevent cold bugs.

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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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