Monday, April 5th 2010

ASUS Unleashes ROG MATRIX 5870 Overclocked Graphics Card

The ROG MATRIX 5870 isn't just the new kid on the block, it's the freshly appointed king, bestowed with everything serious gamers could possibly wish for. Based on the ATI Radeon 5870, MATRIX 5870 exceeds the standard design in every way, delivering both raw horsepower for fast, precision gaming, and refined controls that lead the way in overclocking and tuning.

The new MATRIX 5870 lays down the law with prodigious computing muscle. It has 2GB of GDDR5 RAM running at 4.8GHz, true 256-bit interface, and 894MHz core clock. But these are just the preliminaries - where the MATRIX 5870 shines, like all ASUS ROG cards, is the extra features and attention to detail.

On the path to gaming bliss, optimizing resources is pivotal, since power alone can go to waste. This is where the Super Hybrid Engine (SHE) comes in, harnessing all that goodness towards better gaming. It tracks the strain put on hardware to deliver optimum power when needed, switching between intense action and normal operations automatically. The results are an average 19% boost in extreme heavy-duty first person shooter titles set to max detail and a tremendous 54% reduction in GPU power noise when doing regular 2D graphics, all with no interruption to users.

Overclocking aficionados crave the minutiae of performance, and MATRIX 5870 accommodates this with the included iTracker2 engine, a hardware-software bridge that opens up numerous avenues for accurate tuning. Users can overclock GPU RAM safely with exclusive memory timing adjustment and no worries about crashes—iTracker2 measures tolerances in real time and goes back to safe levels if the card is pushed too far. And while the information revealed by iTracker2 is extensive, users can opt for one of five preset overclocking profiles for fast and easy performance gains—experimentation is half the fun.

The other half is sitting back and reveling in newly-unleashed power as games run faster and more furious. Here, too, iTracker2 indulges, affording constant monitoring of GPU performance so every change made can be assessed and learned from.

Sounds like the MATRIX 5870 is fixing to fly off the grid, but its thermal design keeps that eruption from ever transpiring. First, it features a custom fan-heatsink combo delivering 22% higher air pressure than required in reference. Then there are the usual quality materials used in every ROG graphics card, with their trademark heat dissipating properties showing the way for hassle-free overclocking. The MATRIX 5870 runs at least 13% cooler than reference, and that's just for starters. It'll be a cold day in hardcore-land before this one gives in to high temps.

Obsessive gamers and overclockers have even more to look forward to with the latest rendition of ProbeIt, an ASUS innovation that lets users get nice and intimate with their favorite piece of gaming hardware. ProbeIt uses points on the graphics card itself that, when accessed using a multimeter, give instant voltage measurements for the GPU core, PCI-E bus, board and memory. The upshot for dedicated tweakers is obvious—checks whether overvolting experiments are taking effect, and compare figures reported by software to actual readings from the hardware. It never stops for true gearheads—nor do we want it to.
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35 Comments on ASUS Unleashes ROG MATRIX 5870 Overclocked Graphics Card

#2
SteelSix
I fear e-tailer rapeage will be strong with this one..
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#3
afw
love this design :rockout: ... same as the GTX285 matrix ...
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#4
mtosev
nice card.is it faster then a gtx 480?
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#6
Binge
Overclocking Surrealism
by: mtosev
nice card.is it faster then a gtx 480?
Sure it is.
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#8
Kitkat
by: shevanel
thats the 1gb version.
"look who else showed up" <--- who else its version 2 of the first card it is also new
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#11
wahdangun
wow, that's was 2 GB card WITHOUT eyefinity6 that people talking about


but after see 1 GB version can reach $420, i think 2 GB will cost $470 MINIMUM wew, it's really sad day for use, without competition e-tailer will still rape us
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#12
erocker
Sapphire makes a Toxic 2gb card that doesn't have the eyefinity connections, there's a new review on it somewhere... and it was a decent review. I'm wating on a review for this card as I want to see how the voltage tweak software does with it, overclocking, temps, etc.
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#13
SteelSix
by: erocker
Sapphire makes a Toxic 2gb card that doesn't have the eyefinity connections, there's a new review on it somewhere... and it was a decent review. I'm wating on a review for this card as I want to see how the voltage tweak software does with it, overclocking, temps, etc.
Sapphire 2GB Toxic:
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/30635-sapphire-hd-5870-2gb-toxic-edition-review.html

I'm really liking the Sapphire 2GB, esp if the price doesn't get gouged. I'm locked and loaded for it or the Matrix!
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#14
erocker
by: SteelSix
Sapphire 2GB Toxic:
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/30635-sapphire-hd-5870-2gb-toxic-edition-review.html

I'm really liking the Sapphire 2GB, esp if the price doesn't get gouged. I'm locked and loaded for it or the Matrix!
The only reason I'm waiting on the Matrix is for the voltage control. Sine the TOXIC is non-refference there is probablly no voltage control. If they do manage to get the Toxic working with Afterburner, then I'll take whatever is cheaper. :toast:
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#15
cbupdd
Any review of this 5870 matrix?
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#16
SteelSix
by: erocker
The only reason I'm waiting on the Matrix is for the voltage control. Sine the TOXIC is non-refference there is probablly no voltage control. If they do manage to get the Toxic working with Afterburner, then I'll take whatever is cheaper. :toast:
My thoughts exactly. I like the factory OC on the Toxic, curious what voltage they're using. Prolly locked in though like other non-ref Sapphires.
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#17
Polarman
Any real advantage for 2GB vs 1GB? I don't really think so.
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#18
erocker
by: Polarman
Any real advantage for 2GB vs 1GB? I don't really think so.
No, not at 1920x1200 or below anyways.
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#19
REVHEAD
Shouldnt be long then untill we see the Asus 5870 Mars.
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#20
Kitkat
by: REVHEAD
Shouldnt be long then untill we see the Asus 5870 Mars.
That would be Aries. You can search forums for it.

by: Polarman
Any real advantage for 2GB vs 1GB? I don't really think so.
speed wise not really sure but overclock & stability and wouldn't u be able to draw more at one time? with the same results
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#21
LAN_deRf_HA
by: Polarman
Any real advantage for 2GB vs 1GB? I don't really think so.
In my case I could use it for GTA. I notice a lot of load pop in when I'm flying over the city (bypassed the mem use limits for max view distance).
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#22
Kitkat
by: LAN_deRf_HA
In my case I could use it for GTA. I notice a lot of load pop in when I'm flying over the city (bypassed the mem use limits for max view distance).
hahha i was just about to use a GTA refrence but didnt know if anyone saw that too :roll: thats funny u cans see ppl walking across the water ect. but as far as speed goes itll help the overclock be more stable but u wont double the frames. Just load more at one time
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#23
Animalpak
I have the GTX285 Matrix, is loud but overall is better than stock version also for better cooling.

You can gain just 6 to 7 FPS in some games when overclock with Itracker2.
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#24
TheMailMan78
Big Member
I....want.....one.........but its an Asus GPU! MUST RESIST!
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#25
Kitkat
well ive never had to rma any of mine. but the first thing u DO ofcourse is clean up that "JOB GLOB" they put on at the factory. And im fine after that.
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