ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 1.5 GB Review 24

ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum 1.5 GB Review

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As a leading motherboard and graphics card vendor, ASUS has plenty of resources to put into design and development of high-end products that are deviant from reference design, and qualifies as being genuinely in-house. The Republic of Gamers (ROG) line has housed the company's very best in motherboards and graphics cards, targeting consumer segment. Compared to ROG-branded motherboards, while ROG-branded graphics cards are few and far between, ROG does manage to make some extremely desirable limited edition graphics cards.

Seen first at Computex 2011, the ASUS Matrix GTX 580 is a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580, that is geared toward overclockers and enthusiasts. The card sports many features for the hardcore overclocking crowd like voltage measurement pads on the card and extensive software voltage control. It is also the first card that comes with solder bridges to enable additional tweaking potential. In terms of cooling, ASUS is using a new variant of their triple slot Direct CU heatsink, which promises maximum cooling performance while still keeping noise levels at a minimum. The card is also backed by a wealth of ASUS ROG-exclusive features such as fan throttle, ROG GPU Tweak, redundant BIOS with Safe Mode fallback, and a huge aesthetic boost for your rig.

GeForce GTX 580 Market Segment Analysis
GTX 560 Ti
HD 6950
GTX 570
HD 6970
GTX 580
580 Matrix
Shader Units38414084801536512512
Graphics ProcessorGF114CaymanGF110CaymanGF110GF110
Memory Size1024 MB2048 MB1280 MB2048 MB1536 MB1536 MB
Memory Bus Width256 bit256 bit320 bit256 bit384 bit384 bit
Core Clock823 MHz800 MHz732 MHz880 MHz772 MHz816 MHz
Memory Clock1002 MHz1250 MHz950 MHz1375 MHz1002 MHz1002 MHz
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