Friday, March 5th 2010

ASUS ROG Matrix HD 5870 Further Detailed

ASUS has been readying its Republic of Gamers (ROG) Matrix HD 5870 graphics card. Earlier, the card was pictured fully assembled. Sources shared pictures of the card taken apart, showing its PCB and cooling assembly from the inside, which tells us a lot about this card. To begin with, ASUS engineered this card from scratch, with its own PCB and cooler designs, and choice of components. The card comes overclocked out of the box, and also promises overclocking headroom higher than the reference design. It features 2 GB of GDDR5 memory. The PCB reveals a strengthened VRM. There is a 10-phase vGPU and 2-phase vMem, with independent voltage controllers. Power is drawn in from two 8-pin power inputs.

ASUS has used hand-picked low-leakage AMD Cypress GPUs. Out of the box, the core is clocked at 900 MHz, with memory clocked at 1200 MHz. Besides the strong VRM, ASUS used an ML capacitor for conditioning the GPU voltage. An additional controller engineered by ASUS can monitor a number of parameters including voltages, clocks, fan-speeds, and GPU load (something new for ATI GPUs). Voltages can be controlled using the provided software. The software also allows control over the graphics card's memory timings. The GPU has consolidated voltage measure points to make it easy to manually measure them.

While the cooling assembly looks aesthetically pleasing on the outside, it's elaborate on the inside. ASUS used five copper heat pipes that make direct contact with the GPU core, to quickly transfer heat onto a dense aluminum fin array. The leaf-blower by ASUS is thicker and more turbulent. This design is expected to churn out an air-pressure 22 percent higher than what AMD's reference blower manages. Since the SKU has been announced by the company, the ROG Matrix HD 5870 will reach stores soon.
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16 Comments on ASUS ROG Matrix HD 5870 Further Detailed

#1
Kitkat
overclock, overprice lol looks cool tho :roll:
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#2
JATownes
by: btarunr
ASUS has used hand-picked low-leakage AMD Cypress GPUs. Out of the box, the core is clocked at 900 MHz, with memory clocked at 1200 MHz. Besides the strong VRM, ASUS used an ML capacitor for conditioning the GPU voltage. An additional controller engineered by ASUS can monitor a number of parameters including voltages, clocks, fan-speeds, and GPU load (something new for ATI GPUs). Voltages can be controlled using the provided software. The software also allows control over the graphics card's memory timings. The GPU has consolidated voltage measure points to make it easy to manually measure them.
I like this...has this ever been done before, as I have never seen timing adjustments on video cards?
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#3
xrealm20
damn -- nice looking card -- glad to see we are getting to 2gb vram.
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#4
overclocking101
looks like the 4890 leafblower the gpu its self tho looks nice
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#5
Biker
WANT :rockout: :D
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#6
OnBoard
Mmm, naked x)

Why does the card look like it's been roasted (black around core), did W1zzard get his hands on it ?)

edit: top 4 memory chips not cooled at all? If you look at the cooler bottom it has thermal tape for the capasitor side row, but none under the pipes. (well air will still flow over there it seems)
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#7
aj28
by: JATownes
I like this...has this ever been done before, as I have never seen timing adjustments on video cards?
I seem to recall adjusting the memory timing on my old X800 Pro using ATITool, but that was a while back, so I could be wrong. I don't know that you'll be able to gain any distinct performance advantage by (I assume) loosening timings to ramp up frequency. Not on a GPU at least...
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#8
pantherx12
The "scorch" is just glare from the flash.

I agree though no cooling for top set of ram with what is shown in these pictures perhaps there's there a separate plate for the ram to be cooled?
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#9
OneCool
by: Biker
WANT :rockout: :D
YEEEEEEEEEEP! :cool:


That sure is alot of rams :pimp:
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#10
fullinfusion
1.21 Gigawatts
by: OneCool
YEEEEEEEEEEP! :cool:


That sure is alot of rams :pimp:
WANT TWO!!!! :roll::respect:
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#11
lism
by: aj28
I seem to recall adjusting the memory timing on my old X800 Pro using ATITool, but that was a while back, so I could be wrong. I don't know that you'll be able to gain any distinct performance advantage by (I assume) loosening timings to ramp up frequency. Not on a GPU at least...
It was possible on indeed X800 cards and lower, even with a bios editor. But its really hard to adjust on the fly an timing of the videocard in order to archieve a higher clockrate without failing graphics.
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#12
Flyordie
by: JATownes
I like this...has this ever been done before, as I have never seen timing adjustments on video cards?
Yes Sir. X1800 Series was very much capable of adjusting VRAM timings.
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#13
Duffman
I like it. I like it alot.
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#14
on_isk
very2 nice.... i must have one....
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#15
soldier242
yup ATi tool made it possible to adjust mem timings back then, i guess some genius must have written a powerful tool like that ;)

BTT; card looks extremly nice but i guess the cash+ won't be worth it for the normal 5870 user not until there is competition that is
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#16
Dantez01z
Another marvel from ASUS

Hi, i just wanted to thank for up/d this tech nfo about this graphics card so thank you big man and hello to all the members to Techpowerup bye

by: btarunr
ASUS has been readying its Republic of Gamers (ROG) Matrix HD 5870 graphics card. Earlier, the card was pictured fully assembled. Sources shared pictures of the card taken apart, showing its PCB and cooling assembly from the inside, which tells us a lot about this card. To begin with, ASUS engineered this card from scratch, with its own PCB and cooler designs, and choice of components. The card comes overclocked out of the box, and also promises overclocking headroom higher than the reference design. It features 2 GB of GDDR5 memory. The PCB reveals a strengthened VRM. There is a 10-phase vGPU and 2-phase vMem, with independent voltage controllers. Power is drawn in from two 8-pin power inputs.

http://www.techpowerup.com/img/10-03-05/44a_thm.jpg http://www.techpowerup.com/img/10-03-05/44b_thm.jpg[---]

ASUS has used hand-picked low-leakage AMD Cypress GPUs. Out of the box, the core is clocked at 900 MHz, with memory clocked at 1200 MHz. Besides the strong VRM, ASUS used an ML capacitor for conditioning the GPU voltage. An additional controller engineered by ASUS can monitor a number of parameters including voltages, clocks, fan-speeds, and GPU load (something new for ATI GPUs). Voltages can be controlled using the provided software. The software also allows control over the graphics card's memory timings. The GPU has consolidated voltage measure points to make it easy to manually measure them.

http://www.techpowerup.com/img/10-03-05/44c_thm.jpg http://www.techpowerup.com/img/10-03-05/44d_thm.jpg

While the cooling assembly looks aesthetically pleasing on the outside, it's elaborate on the inside. ASUS used five copper heat pipes that make direct contact with the GPU core, to quickly transfer heat onto a dense aluminum fin array. The leaf-blower by ASUS is thicker and more turbulent. This design is expected to churn out an air-pressure 22 percent higher than what AMD's reference blower manages. Since the SKU has been announced by the company, the ROG Matrix HD 5870 will reach stores soon.

http://www.techpowerup.com/img/10-03-05/44e_thm.jpg http://www.techpowerup.com/img/10-03-05/44f_thm.jpg
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