Thursday, February 11th 2010

ASUS Radeon HD 5870 MATRIX 2GB Graphics Card Pictured

ASUS' Republic of Gamers MATRIX series of graphics cards is getting a new member, the EAH5870 MATRIX. This model, based on the ATI Radeon HD 5870 GPU has high-end construction, cooling, and voltage regulators, out of the box higher clock speeds, overclocking headroom, and twice the amount of memory: 2 GB. The cooler and backplate design resembles that of ASUS' GeForce GTX 285 MATRIX.

The clock speeds on this card stand at 900 MHz (core) and 1225 MHz (memory, 4900 MHz effective). The card seems to have a stronger VRM circuit that supports higher clock speeds. It draws power from two 8-pin PCI-Express connectors. Display connectivity includes one each of DVI-D, HDMI, and DisplayPort.

Overclocker-friendly features may include ASUS' VoltageTweak software voltage control, a "safe mode" button that falls back to failsafe clock speed and voltage settings, among other things. There is no word on its availability, though we expect to learn more about this card at the upcoming CeBIT event.

Source: Zol.com.cn
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104 Comments on ASUS Radeon HD 5870 MATRIX 2GB Graphics Card Pictured

#1
Sasqui
by: [I.R.A]_FBi
bite into a worm ....
LOL, I think you got the sarcasm in that comment.
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#2
mastrdrver
by: cadaveca
huh. What about eyefinity? 2GB card, no eyefinity?

:slap:
It will support Eyefinity. On the reference ATI card, the two DVI and HDMI outputs share 2 drivers. This is why you have to use the Display Port to run Eyefinity.

It should be interesting to see how this does again the 1GB card in an Eyefinity setup. Will the extra memory help at higher resolutions?
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#3
Animalpak
The true things about Matrix doped editions are :

- They are cooler than stock versions
- Better overclocking performance
- Less crash BSOD

They are absolutley not quiet.
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#4
lism
You dont buy a matrix for usual gaming.

Rather higher oc speeds, handpicked GPU's and so on.
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#5
eidairaman1
Id grab one if its truly an asus design as of PCB and cooling designs
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#6
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Kitkat
side looks cool top looks soooo... cheap
If it's the white color "Matrix" is what is looking cheap, then actually it's illuminated. Behind there are LEDs of any color you want to set (via software). In the picture below it's illuminated red:



Here it's white:

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#7
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
Very nice.:)
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#8
eidairaman1
if i can get some numbers from that card I might very well pick it up over the others (and i wanted a XFX but they have yet to release their own PCB designs)
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#9
EarlZ
Makes you wonder how it clocks if it had 10x 8pin connectors and 2x 24pins
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#10
Wile E
Power User
by: pantherx12
its for people with dice pots and phase change coolers and liquid helium reserves.

So they can really really push the card and know power will not be an issue.
6 pin plugs can provide just as much power. The 8 pin only adds 2 grounds, no power wires.
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#11
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
yeah.. 2 8 pins.. just another show of RoG exessiveness for miniscule gains.
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#12
roast
Excellent!

I just want to see more 2GB cards! :)
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#13
Easo
Well, this may be a bit future proof, and if you like to mod games with 4096x4096 textures...
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#14
werez
by: WarEagleAU
well they did improve the VRM and power circuitry so its not just for the extreme coolers. I Do hope they produce more than 1000 of these and dont charge an arrogant price for it.
I have a very strong feeling the price will shock us all to death :)
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#15
Phxprovost
Xtreme Refugee
whats with the fujitsu hardware poking its way out of the backplate? and why does anyone care it needs 2x 8 pins? you know everyone here would still use it even if it needed 4 of them, so stop complaining :p
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#16
shevanel
what purpose does extra ground wires serve then?

are they slamming 2x8 on it for limiting PSU limitations?
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#17
pantherx12
by: Wile E
6 pin plugs can provide just as much power. The 8 pin only adds 2 grounds, no power wires.
Which allows it to safely supply up to 150 watts vs 75 watts of a 6 pin connection : ]
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#18
WSP
guys you should thank asus for putting 2x8pin.if not,then your 8pin pcie would be a waste,and you have to pay it.
u dont wanna pay stuff u dont use,right?

if asus made it limited,then it is for people with limitless money
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#19
H82LUZ73
by: ZoneDymo
2 x 8-pin wtf :S
The card seems to have a stronger VRM circuit that supports higher clock speeds. It draws power from two 8-pin PCI-Express connectors

Meaning the FuJitsi power digital and needs more grounds for it may just maybe eh.Why all you guys complaining about the 2-8 pin it is not like the PSU manufacture`s have been saying they will switch to this standard sometime this year .........Ennermax and Cosair are 2 that i can think of saying it............also Seasonic,Ultra...they all have modular cables that are 8 pin .........
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#21
pabloc74
matrix 285 it's a beast, but nothing compare to Mars...

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#22
Wshlist
As to the q why complain, well for one thing more wires means a thicker cable and 2 of them in this case, also the move is towards lower powerconsumption and I for one would not want to waste 1000Watts just to play a game that doesn't thrill that much more than before anyway.
Not that the power estimates aren't always way too high, people buy 850watts and higher PSU but all tests show a fully loaded OC'ed system at peak doesn't need it.

And as I recall the original PCIE can supply 150watts from the slot itself and that was later updated with PCIE2 to 225 to 300 watts(?), so I must assume you don't need 2*8 on proper PCIE2 slot motherboards but only on older ones, because no way in hell does a graphicscard need 450Watts all for itself.
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#23
dr emulator (madmax)
by: TVman
nobody has a psu with 2 8pin connectors:rolleyes: what a FAIL
:wtf: er i do corsair hx650w:p;)
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#24
H82LUZ73
by: Wshlist
As to the q why complain, well for one thing more wires means a thicker cable and 2 of them in this case, also the move is towards lower powerconsumption and I for one would not want to waste 1000Watts just to play a game that doesn't thrill that much more than before anyway.
Not that the power estimates aren't always way too high, people buy 850watts and higher PSU but all tests show a fully loaded OC'ed system at peak doesn't need it.

And as I recall the original PCIE can supply 150watts from the slot itself and that was later updated with PCIE2 to 225 to 300 watts(?), so I must assume you don't need 2*8 on proper PCIE2 slot motherboards but only on older ones, because no way in hell does a graphicscard need 450Watts all for itself.
that is what power-play is for ,I can`t see this card using more then a stock one to be honest they just add the vrm and 2 8 pins for the overclocks.I just want to add that i run around 38 amps on my 4870`s at full load so yeah a good 650 to 1000 watt is needed.
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