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

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Might aswell wait for new GPU shrink/architectures at this point. Stale GK110 performance is stale.
 
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I still find their GTX 285 Matrix the sexiest of the series if looks are to be criteria :)
 
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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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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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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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Possibly removal of the main cooling fan/heatsink assembly means that the screw is removed that normally retains that heatsink?
 
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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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Is that a 3 pin fan header on the end?
 
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Asus ROG Matrix R9 290X vs MSI Lightning R9 290X which one will win i wonder?
 
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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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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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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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where is the crossfire finger??
the nvidia one got SLI.