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ASUS Announces the Matrix HD 7970/Platinum Graphics Card

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  1. btarunr

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    ASUS finally announced its flagship AMD Radeon graphics card, the Matrix HD 7970 Platinum. The card basked in camera flashlight at this years biggest tech tradeshows, and is released to the market with the new Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition ASIC, that includes PowerTune with Boost technology. Available in two variants, the base model (1000/1050/6600 MHz core/boost/memory), and Platinum (1050/1100/6600 MHz), the card uses a strong 20-phase VRM that draws power from two 8-pin PCIe power connectors. The VRM features sophisticated load-line calibration features with manual LLC factor control (fine-tune protection against V-droop during voltage-sensitive overclocking sessions).

    Apart from manual LLC factor tuning, the card features VGA Hotwire, clearly labeled points on its PCB that let you outfit it with manual voltage tuning circuitry. The card provides software voltage control via GPU Tweak, too, but is restricted to ~1.3V. The PCB features an LN2 mode switch, which loads an extreme cooling-optimized BIOS. A fan-override button shoots fan speed to 100% without software interference. Lastly, the card is cooled by a triple-slot ROG-styled DirectCU II cooler that covers most hot components, including the GPU, memory, and VRM. An additional LN2-optimized VRM heatsink is included in the package. Prices start at US $490.

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    it's better than their voltage locked HD7970 DCU II/TOP edition :)
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    i have a HD7970 DCU II/ TOP and i can assure you its unlocked lol
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    Man this is so late to the game...
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    unlucky me, then i suspect there was 2 variant HD7970 DCU II/TOP products released by Asus :banghead:


    i don't think so, i believe this card (rog brand products) will still attract enthusiast user to get it :laugh:, especially if this card labeled as limited edition, frankly i don't know whether this card is limited or not :confused:.
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    So GPUTweak works now?

    What a silly name lol
  7. radrok

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    Who wanted a custom 7970 with beefed up VRMs already bought the R7970 Lightning...
    This card is late to the game ;)
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    Better late than never, because its late, that may mean they have put a lot of time/effort/thought into it, so it could be very good as a guess.
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    Great game... but I find it kind of odd to bundle this card with a game that will not utilize its full performance.
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    "Lastly, the card is cooled by a triple-slot ROG-styled DirectCU II cooler"... lame...
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    Yeh, your right, asus should never have made it lol, who wants more choices anyways?
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    It might be a 7970, but it could be an 8970 ready, if they have been holding out to have it compatiable to drop in a Venus XT with a few tweaks?
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    Well this has a dual link... our Lightnings do not. So i would say this is the best card out right now for 7970s.
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    Then use Displayport, I don't see a problem about the lack of DL-DVI.
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    Does anyone have a clue when we can expect this card to arrive at Newegg? Or about how long it usually takes a card to be available after being announced?
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    With Asus its usually quick. Stores should have them in the next week or two...
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    AFAIK its the same card, but AMD got strict with implementing their voltage limits on the later cards so you need to get a copy of the older BIOS.
    http://www.techpowerup.com/forums/showthread.php?t=168143
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    LMAO... reviews to prove that? OC records broken with it? etc...
    Since when was a piece of hardware "the best" simply because it has some "better looking" spec chart...

    Other than that, Hell, it might be, I just want some hard facts first. Still haven't bought any GPU yet, the Lightning was high on my list as it's really cheap in my country, cheaper than some old release-spec stock R7970s... if this comes close in price and performance, and no concrete news on the R8000s series is out during the following week, i might just go for it.
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    Thanks buggalugs, I was a bit worried since with the 680s and even the 7990 from Powercolor, the actual card was released months after the announced release...

    Does anyone know if the non-Platinum version of the cards are binned? I've heard the Platinum cards are binned so that there would be headroom for overclocks.

    Also, does anyone know if ASUS has solved their issues from the DCUII Top cards?
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    When the reviews arrive... I do hope they review both at the same time or something...
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    almost sounds like GPU twa... you know :pimp:
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    Tri-slot? wtf asus!?

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