Discussion in 'Reviews' started by W1zzard, May 11, 2010.
To read this review go to: http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/HD_5870_Matrix/
that is one effin cool lookin card
my gawd, I need to rob a bank. Two of those would look so good in my case
you mean in MY case
A nice little OC on this card and you have a gtx 480 - with less heat, noise and power consumption
damn nvidia for not releasing a card that could drive prices down >.<
PS - I always try to digg the reviews wizz but more users here need digg accounts to get these into the tech front page - CMON tpu its really easy to register at digg!
does a card that's about 3% faster out of the box compared to the stock version for 25% more cost really warrant a 8.6? I would have said 7.0 myself! but then again I'm cheap!
its 2gb and it does oc very nice as soon as the voltage gets higher imo
True and I love that card but a slight voltage adjustment on a 480 gtx and it would kill this card. Trust me it would and with the right fan profile not get hot or loud.
Whoa i love the how the Matrix logo lights up.
i'm disapointed that 1gb of extra ram doesn't make a difference
I like the "safe mode" boot option.
VERY good idea imo.
It appears to me after owning 4x 5870 anything after 900 core 1300 ram seems to make very little difference in performance, it is like the gpu has reached it's max. The voltage need doesn't seem worth the performance gain.You might see 7 more frames at 1000 core if that. That is a credit to AMD because they made a very efficient gpu. That can be run near it's max potential with low heat and power consumption.
just a heads up, in the table at the beginning of the review you show the card has 1024MB not 2048
Am I the only one who will get GTX480 over this?
no but there are reasons to buy both depending on what you want.
Reason's I want this to be my next card:
Backplate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have a side window and no blackplate is a no no.
It will use all the pins on my power connectors, right now I have them bent up at funny angles.
That side logo.
I actually do play gta and it seems to want over 1.6 GBs of memory.
The fact that with a voltage bumped overclock it can match the 480's overall performance while using less power and producing less heat.
Yeah 3/5 of those are cosmetic reasons, so what. My only reservation is it seems every other ati driver release sucks balls.
Oh great, it consumes alot more power and provides 2% better performance! That along with the need for 2x8pin!!! OMG MUST HAVE ONE!!!
But you gotta say, the card looks drop dead awesome. I love how the MATRIX part lights up.
If those things are important to you those are good reasons. However, if power consumption is not a issue and you have good cooling, or adjust the fan to a good fan profile, a regular 480 gtx with a very slight voltage bump and a very small overclock, at say 750/1500/1040, will kick it's butt into next Sunday. Also when it comes to looks the 480 gtx and it's heat pipes are very good looking. still this 5870 does have it's pluses as-well.
overclock overclock overclock overclock = no! whys it a big disappointment.
2 gigs = draw-up draw-up draw-up draw-up = yes! That's the point ppl always assume its gonna clock super high.
Spoiler alert for the future no other 5000 will go much higher than its stock. 2 gigs = draw not speed.
Its like any other ram dont assume just cause u got more of it and it cost more its faster. Quantity of ram is how many proggys u can hold up at once before you see hat drop in performance. X6 vs X2 The 6 isnt suspose to be faster u get to do more at once tho. We cant also assume just cause theres more ram the GPU clock will go up.
IE no fog and being able to see 2 ppl fighting in high detail even tho they are just tiny specs across town at the same speed as 1gig. But there is no such thing as a frames @ distance test jut AA ect. For what it does it shouldn't be an 8. Many people will buy this card because they KNOW what it does. Unfortunately no one ever test what it does. He also had to use the real clocking software.
Hmm...119 FPS at 1200 resolution, I get 130-180 FPS at 1080p ...But, then again my 5850 is crossfired and flashed at 900/1250 at stock voltages I love that reminder
current games such as GTA IV (because its programmers suck)
Lol, sad, but true.
I like the looks of the PCB the most, wouldn't mind owning 1GB 5850 Matrix (well ASUS 5850 DirectCU is almost it) Backplate is also very nice, like the led too and don't hate the cooler. Price is just double too much
I just want to slap an after market cooler to this and fill all the rest with ramsinks Sure wish they'd sell tray GPUs..
does the lack of improvement with an extra gig of memory have anything to do with the fact its on a 256bit bus?
I would hope to easily get 1ghz with that for its price
This cards performance i would give it a 7.2 but for this cards look and logo 9!
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