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ASUS Introduces ROG ENGTX260 MATRIX Graphics Card

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ASUS, the world’s leading producer of top-quality graphics solutions, today launched the ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) ENGTX260 MATRIX/HTDI/896MD3 graphics card. This innovative piece of hardware comes equipped with the upgraded dual fansink Hybrid Cooler+ for automatic and independent fan speed control. Dubbed as the world’s most intelligent cards, the MATRIX Series are also equipped with ROG-exclusive technologies and features that unleash the full power of graphics cards, allowing gamers to enjoy unrivaled in-game visuals. The graphics cards are able to achieve this through several unique features, including:
  • Twin fan control application that provides independent adjustments to the Hybrid Cooler+ fans
  • Integrated hardware and software for total graphics card control
  • Customizable functions that provide a new level of control to gamers
  • Accurate adjustments of GPU and memory voltages
  • Total monitoring of GPU/memory/Power IC/ambient temperatures
  • Total monitoring of GPU/memory/board power consumption
  • Automatic fan speed control in relation to the world’s only advanced GPU loading detection
  • Energy efficiency that surpasses generic boards

A Perfect Response to Gaming Needs
Comprising of sleek lines, a futuristic-looking Hybrid Cooler+ and a black circuit board, the ASUS ROG ENGTX260 MATRIX is instantly recognizable as a piece of top-notch gaming gear. The ROG logo, which is prominently emblazoned on the cooler, symbolizes the ROG’s promise to deliver extreme gaming performance. The ROG ENGTX260 MATRIX is also equipped with the ASUS Super Hybrid Engine (SHE), Hybrid Cooler+ technology and iTracker, which delivers 21% performance boosts in 3D mode while guaranteeing 48% less power consumption; or much quieter cooling in 2D mode in order to fulfill gamers’ varied needs.

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Yay, an after market cooler that exhausts out the back. Nice one Asus! :rockout:
Now if they only made just the cooler available for sale...
 
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Up to 21% Faster in 3D Mode
The ROG ENGTX260 MATRIX’s GPU and memory voltages are increased from 1.15V to 1.18V, and 1.92V to 1.93V respectively when it runs in 3D mode. This enhances the GPU, shader, and memory clock performances with boosts from 576MHz to 700MHz, 1242MHz to 1500MHz, and 2000MHz to 2300MHz respectively. Such unparalleled performance upgrades enable the ROG ENGTX260 MATRIX to increase its 3DMark Vantage Extreme Mode score from 4656 to 5623—an unbelievable 21% speed improvement when compared to any other reference designed board*. With such unprecedented performance, gamers can now truly feel the adrenaline rush of true-to-life graphical quality—only with the ASUS ROG ENGTX260 MATRIX.
Let's see if I understood this well. The card can change clocks and voltages on the fly??
 

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Let's see if I understood this well. The card can change clocks and voltages on the fly??
Yes, it has a custom-made voltage regulator IC, that even controls vMem on the fly.
 
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Yes, it has a custom-made voltage regulator IC.
Cool. It's like EPU SixEngine then. I love it in my mobo and I would surely like it in the GPU. Has this been made before?
 

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Holy crap I want it!!!
 

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Cool. It's like EPU SixEngine then. I love it in my mobo and I would surely like it in the GPU. Has this been made before?
Yes, ROG Matrix cards (recent ones) have such a feature. The HD 4870 Matrix is perhaps the only HD 4870 that can control vMem on the fly.
 
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Yes, ROG Matrix cards (recent ones) have such a feature. The HD 4870 Matrix is perhaps the only HD 4870 that can control vMem on the fly.
Well I somehow supposed the Matrix cards could do it. I meant others.
 

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Well I somehow supposed the Matrix cards could do it. I meant others.
Several NVIDIA cards' regulator ICs support the I2C interface with which you can have software control over vGPU. One can code applications that step up voltages on the fly that way.
 

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Hopefully they didn't take away oneof the DIV ports like the 9800GT matrix...
 

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naw its there click on the picture
 

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Let's see if I understood this well. The card can change clocks and voltages on the fly??
All reference desing GTX 260/280/285/295 cards do it stock for GPU.

edit: this one how ever seems to have driver independent load detection and thus working power reduction in all instances. If it keeps 2d clocks and voltages with steam/browsers/2 displays & other stuff it's a nice product.
 
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All reference desing GTX 260/280/285/295 cards do it stock for GPU.
Not all reference GTX 260/285 cards do it. NVIDIA later introduced cheaper reference PCBs, VRM ICs of whom, lack the I2C interface.
 

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Not all reference GTX 260/285 cards do it. NVIDIA later introduced cheaper reference PCBs, VRM ICs of whom, lack the I2C interface.
That's what I was trying to say, forgot about the cheaper PCBs :)

This would seems something like could(should) be included in next gen cards. I'd love to have that one click solution in my card, if automatic adjustments don't work for some reason.
 
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I cant wait until the GPU bios is more like that of a mobo! :D

Enable something like speedstep to take control of reducing voltages, set up fan speeds, clocks speeds, etc.

Basically NiBiTor and RBE implemented and accessible off the graphics card!
 
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Several NVIDIA cards' regulator ICs support the I2C interface with which you can have software control over vGPU. One can code applications that step up voltages on the fly that way.
Yeah I was aware of that, but I was dumb enough to not think that anyone could code an application to do it automatically for OCing. :laugh:
 
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EVGA have a voltage tuner for GT200 cards that changes the voltage on the fly, not sure if it is capable of doing it automatically tho.
 

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I love the cooler, that is pretty sweet. Definately impressive that they tout those clocks too imo. One of the better OEM'd OC'd GTX260's on air cooling. Nice card, I like my OE cooling for now, but I want the future AC GTX280 cooler...though if these coolers were for sale now I'd pick one up! Nice card none-the-less!