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

#1
TheGuruStud
Seriously, Asus? You couldn't have done 900 even? What idiot gets paid to make this crap?
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#2
DanishDevil
It's probably limited by the gpu. You can't just dial up the core speed one by one. It settles into increments (usually around 10-15), so if you tried to overclock this card, and set it to 900, it would set itself to 894.
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TheGuruStud
by: DanishDevil
It's probably limited by the gpu. You can't just dial up the core speed one by one. It settles into increments (usually around 10-15), so if you tried to overclock this card, and set it to 900, it would set itself to 894.
So nvidia has a crappy clock generator, now?
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#4
Lionheart
Nice looking card, now hurry up ATi and release the HD5890 series:eek:
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#5
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Wow, looks like a topnotch card, because the Asus DarkKnight 4870 doesn't have any of that.
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#7
mdsx1950
I gotta say. NICE DESIGN :)
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#8
mdsx1950
They should put out a 5970 ROG Matrix with 8GB VRAM :p And support 10x1 Eyefinity or something crazy lol
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#9
Hayder_Master
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!
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:
anyone focus on this test



i know all ATI 5xxx series fail in metro 2033 test at ultra high sitting cuz this game made for NVIDIA GTX4xx cards, but i see here the 2G version show up and leave the 1G version away, even 5970 sure cuz the 2G memory in 5970 is mirror so still same as 5870

but what that's mean, is metro support cards over 1G only at high resolution
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option350z
by: WarEagleAU
Wow, looks like a topnotch card, because the Asus DarkKnight 4870 doesn't have any of that.
Dude, I HATE the Dark Knight version of my 4870 1GB. It just died on me yesterday and now I'm in the market for a new card, a 5850 perhaps. At least my 4870 died a quick artifact death.
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