ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum 3 GB Review 22

ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum 3 GB Review

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AMD's HD 7970 and its more powerful brother HD 7970 GHz Edition have been on the market for a while now. MSI has also launched their HD 7970 Lightning in June. Now ASUS has released the HD 7970 Matrix - a card that will directly compete with MSI's HD 7970 Lightning.

ASUS has increased clock speeds to 1100 MHz. That is 50 MHz more than the GHz Edition and higher than any other HD 7970 card, including the MSI Lightning. Memory clock is, with 1650 MHz, also higher than any other AMD card.

The card comes with a powerful triple slot cooling solution and adds many features for hardcore overclockers like support for VGA Hotwire, voltage control, and three buttons for direct GPU voltage control. We also find voltage measuring points and a Turbo-fan button to set fan speed to 100% on the card.

Price-wise, the HD 7970 Matrix comes at $480, which is quite a price increase given AMD's recent price drops for the HD 7970.

HD 7970 Market Segment Analysis
GTX 660
HD 7870
GTX 580
GTX 660 Ti
HD 7950
GTX 670
HD 7970
HD 7970
GHz Ed.
7970 Matrix
GTX 680
HD 6990
GTX 590
GTX 690
Shader Units960128051213441792134420482048204815362x 15362x 5122x 1536
ROPs243248243232323232322x 322x 482x 32
Graphics ProcessorGK106PitcairnGF110GK104TahitiGK104TahitiTahitiTahitiGK1042x Cayman2x GF1102x GK104
Transistors2540M2800M3000M3500M4310M3500M4310M4310M4310M3500M2x 2640M2x 3000M2x 3500M
Memory Size2048 MB2048 MB1536 MB2048 MB3072 MB2048 MB3072 MB3072 MB3072 MB2048 MB2x 2048 MB2x 1536 MB2x 2048 MB
Memory Bus Width192 bit256 bit384 bit192 bit384 bit256 bit384 bit384 bit384 bit256 bit2x 256 bit2x 384 bit2x 256 bit
Core Clock980 MHz+1000 MHz772 MHz915 MHz+800 MHz915 MHz+925 MHz1050 MHz1100 MHz1006 MHz+830 MHz607 MHz915 MHz+
Memory Clock1502 MHz1200 MHz1002 MHz1502 MHz1250 MHz1502 MHz1375 MHz1500 MHz1650 MHz1502 MHz1250 MHz855 MHz1502 MHz
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