Sunday, March 9th 2014

ASUS Reveals the ROG MATRIX R9 290X and MATRIX GTX 780 Ti Graphics Cards

After just a little teasing ASUS has today opened the flood gates and published over a dozen images depicting its newest ROG Series graphics cards, the MATRIX R9290X (based on the Radeon R9 290X) and the MATRIX GTX780TI (GeForce GTX 780 Ti).

Both of ASUS' cards make use of a custom PCB and come equipped with a dual-slot cooler featuring two fans (one of which is a CoolTech fan), and a black nickel-plated heatsink boasting five direct contact copper heatpipes. The upcoming MATRIX models also have dual 8-pin power connectors, a 14-phase DIGI+ VRM, a backplate, dual-DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort outputs, and OC-oriented additions like the LN2 Mode Switch.

ASUS hasn't revealed the cards' clocks or prices but says more info is 'coming soon'.
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32 Comments on ASUS Reveals the ROG MATRIX R9 290X and MATRIX GTX 780 Ti Graphics Cards

#2
theoneandonlymrk
Nice but I don't think I would buy another matrix card since the ass hats at asus made my 7970 matrix a pain to actually over volt oc.
Plus it doesn't clock any higher than other cards with less beefy vregs anyways.
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#3
Ed_1
what does the memory defroster switch do ?

no mention of that just LN2 switch .

From its naming I assume some kind of heater for memory when LN2 is used ??
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#4
GC_PaNzerFIN
Wait, that VRM heatsink doesn't properly cover MOSFETs. Looks like design error to me! There would be plenty room to expand heatsink to cover all of them. :slap:
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#5
BorisDG
I want it, I want it.:clap:
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#6
9700 Pro
by: GC_PaNzerFIN
Wait, that VRM heatsink doesn't properly cover MOSFETs. Looks like design error to me! There would be plenty room to expand heatsink to cover all of them. :slap:
Maybe it's just because those are early production samples or something like that?
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#7
Ed_1
by: GC_PaNzerFIN
Wait, that VRM heatsink doesn't properly cover MOSFETs. Looks like design error to me! There would be plenty room to expand heatsink to cover all of them. :slap:
You talking about the chokes next to VRM's
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#8
The Terrible Puddle
Looks good :)
I won't mind if black heat pipes and heat sinks become a trend.
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#9
GC_PaNzerFIN
by: Ed_1
You talking about the chokes next to VRM's
No I am not. I am talking about MOSFET packages which should be covered completely by black heatsink.
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#10
radrok
Might aswell wait for new GPU shrink/architectures at this point. Stale GK110 performance is stale.
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#13
GC_PaNzerFIN
by: Ed_1
I don't see what is wrong here . Look at Asus DirectCU II 780ti , same arrangement
http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/GTX_780_Ti_Direct_Cu_II_OC/4.html
http://www.techpowerup.com/img/14-03-09/ASUS_ROG_MATRIX_R9290X_VRM_01.jpg

Did you even bother taking a look at this picture? You can clearly see the MOSFET packages not being covered with the heatsink, which is supposed to cover them.

To be absolutely clear. Problem is not having VRM, and cooling, arranged like that. Problem is that the heatsink is either badly mis aligned or too narrow.
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#14
Ed_1
by: GC_PaNzerFIN
http://www.techpowerup.com/img/14-03-09/ASUS_ROG_MATRIX_R9290X_VRM_01.jpg

Did you even bother taking a look at this picture? You can clearly see the MOSFET packages not being covered with the heatsink, which is supposed to cover them.

To be absolutely clear. Problem is not having VRM, and cooling, arranged like that. Problem is that the heatsink is either badly mis aligned or too narrow.
Ok, I see what your say maybe 10% is not covered and looks like it is tilted a bit .
I did look at the pic before . Maybe this is early prototype .
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#15
HumanSmoke
by: Ed_1
Ok, I see what your say maybe 10% is not covered and looks like it is tilted a bit .
I did look at the pic before . Maybe this is early prototype .
I'd hope it is an early prototype - I'd hate to think Asus is shipping boards with heatsinks that lack securing screws.
The heatsink just seems to be placed/balanced for the photo since the heatsinks screws are missing. The heatsink itself doesn''t seem overly different from the standard DC2 unit.
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#16
Vario
Possibly removal of the main cooling fan/heatsink assembly means that the screw is removed that normally retains that heatsink?
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#17
Xzibit
They need to revamp the heatsink. The 2 small outer pipes don't seam they would make much contact and are just for show. It needs a base to make full use of it or switch from the current 3 big 2 small to a 4 big. 1 of the small pipes is aligned well out of fan placement and 1 of the big ones just slightly inside.

Lazy design
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#19
LeonVolcove
Asus ROG Matrix R9 290X vs MSI Lightning R9 290X which one will win i wonder?
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#20
HumanSmoke
by: LAN_deRf_HA
Is that a 3 pin fan header on the end?
Probably a fan speed switch. The 7970 Matrix had the same option in roughly the same position.
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#21
xhawn11
Deal Breaker: 780ti = Hynix
R9-290x = Elpidia
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#22
TheHunter
by: Ed_1
what does the memory defroster switch do ?

no mention of that just LN2 switch .

From its naming I assume some kind of heater for memory when LN2 is used ??
Yeah I wondered that too,..

Im guessing if you OC it too much just flip that switch and it resets memory OC?
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#23
Ed_1
by: TheHunter
Yeah I wondered that too,..

Im guessing if you OC it too much just flip that switch and it resets memory OC?
I have no experience with LN2 , my thought, just like a window defroster for winter time, heats up window a bit .
Maybe with LN2 you can't let the memory get to cold or it has issues .

I don't think it would be OC reset as you don't need that as we are not editing the bios of vid card, a simple reboot will reset OC via software/driver .
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#24
Ali bakhshi
where is the crossfire finger??
the nvidia one got SLI.
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#25
The Terrible Puddle
by: Ali bakhshi
where is the crossfire finger??
the nvidia one got SLI.
The 290X doesn't need it.

Crossfire uses the PCI-E bus now.
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