ASUS Matrix 5870 Platinum Review


ASUS Matrix 5870 Platinum


Hi there pop pickers. By now you're all probably as tired of reading introductions to HD5870s as we are of writing them. More and more incremental updates to push the card a little further and the price a little higher.

So what if you don't want to keep having to buy a new one each time? After all even the most wealthy of us aren't made of money and a eventually you have to draw a line in the sand.

Perhaps what you need is someone to put all the absolute bees knees bits and bobs onto a single card and so you're covered until the 5890 or whatever is next over the horizon.

Welcome to ASUS, and the Matrix Platinum.

Technical Specifications

What ASUS have done is to take everything that could give you extra headroom for your overclocking, and placed it all within one board. As this is RoG branded it should definitely have the performance. Thankfully Republic of Gamers items are still carefully picked rather than slapping a logo onto everything to milk the market.

So let's have a look at the new features available on the Matrix Platinum.

Voltage Tweak Technology (Up to 17% performance increase)
ASUS Super Hybrid Engine: boost up to 19% GPU performance by reducing 54% power noise
iTracker2: the world’s only memory timing adjustment and allow you to save the favorite settings into system and recover
Extreme Cooler: 13% Cooler and 22% Stronger Air Pressure with special designed fan
ProbeIt: Easily measure the voltage of GPU, Memory and PCI-E bus with the Multimeter
Core Clock: 894MHz
Memory: 2048MB GDDR5
Memory Clock: 4800MHz
Memory Bandwidth: 153.6GB/s
Processing Cores: 1600
Bus Type: PCI-Express 2.1
Display Connectors: 2 Dual-Link DVI-I, 1 HDMI & 1 DisplayPort

As you can see it certainly has more bells and whistles than a referees convention at Notre Dame.

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Most Recent Comments

15-05-2010, 04:37:16

We do apologise its a day late, but most of the staff at OC3D are dieing from one ailment or another ATM! Anyways 5870 Platinum, we see what all the fuss is about.....

Continue ReadingQuote

15-05-2010, 07:13:52

The tone of write up said it, The vid displays it, the lack of enthusiasm. It's a shame shame. Again though, this is why I come to this site. Honesty! Great point about pricing. All in all, I figure they'll have the 6000 series and GTX 500's out by the time I'm ready to build. lol. Keep up the good workQuote

15-05-2010, 07:35:02

Bit dissapointing really. For that cash, I would expect something a bit more special. A 480GTX is almost that price, or for £90 extra (which isn't that much more at the end of the day for another core) one could have a 5970. Nice card, but not the difference I was expecting.Quote

15-05-2010, 09:20:40

its a nice looking card,it looks the same as the gtx285 matrix,are we not just paying for the back cover,the lights and the ML cap?Quote

15-05-2010, 12:27:12

Is the MATRIX faster than the GTX 480?????????????Quote

15-05-2010, 12:30:02

Originally Posted by name='adicool96'
Is the MATRIX faster than the GTX 480?????????????
did you even read the review? pfffft


To answer non-time wasting questions the card is priced the same as other 2GB 5870s.Quote

15-05-2010, 12:32:01

Ya I did read the review i guess i didnt notice it.Quote

15-05-2010, 12:57:30

I don't see why the chip is so expensive and doesn't offer something that other big manufacturers attach to their flagships: a waterblock.

With a normal 5870 and waterblock (particularly MSI or Asus) you can get 1GHz core. To ask £400 plus the cost of a waterblock to get the most out of the card (not to mention the fact that you lose the fancy lights) seems ridiculous.Quote

15-05-2010, 18:07:02

Aria had a 2gb vapor-x 5870 at £350 a coulple of days ago but its up to £370 now.Quote

17-05-2010, 01:30:21

I wonder if OC3D had a bad sample, we will have to wait till some of the community get it into their hands.Quote

17-05-2010, 02:37:40

The whole point is that OC3D had a sample that was not cherry picked, i.e. one that a standard user could expect, not a specailly selected review only one.Quote

17-05-2010, 04:57:05

I whole heartedly agree with "Diablo" and thats where Asus should have known better than to just slap a logo on a product aimed at the extreme lot(ROG). Someone at Asus had some serious crainialrectumitis. Thats why my earlier comment was aimed at this site. Honesty is a commodity to be treasured. I base my hard sweat earned dollars on sites like this, as well as all of those who participate. I had a long list of sites I went to when I first got into the modding scene, It's a short list now! As a good musician friend of mine always says... "The proof is in the picking" I like the song they sing and play here Thanks OC3DQuote

17-05-2010, 08:05:03

what program do you use for so nice charts? Quote

17-05-2010, 08:06:16

Originally Posted by name='sheri'
what program do you use for so nice charts?
A secret one Quote

17-05-2010, 10:08:23

Originally Posted by name='AMDFTW'
its a nice looking card,it looks the same as the gtx285 matrix,are we not just paying for the back cover,the lights and the ML cap?
Lights, badges, stickers, names. RoG or Fatal1ty, tack on the extra monkey.

The 2g 5870s, whilst the 1g cards are going eol, are pushing the £400 mark. Whilst the latest retail 480s can be had for £393 and falling. Older 480s can still be had for anything up to £490.Quote

17-05-2010, 10:47:31

Originally Posted by name='Rastalovich'
Lights, badges, stickers, names. RoG or Fatal1ty, tack on the extra monkey.

The 2g 5870s, whilst the 1g cards are going eol, are pushing the £400 mark. Whilst the latest retail 480s can be had for £393 and falling. Older 480s can still be had for anything up to £490.
With reservations on the noise and heat aside. With £400 to spend even I would buy a 480 over a £400 5870 from any manufacturer.Quote

17-05-2010, 17:19:58

Guys this card is aimed at the extreme OCers!! that will use ln2 etc, and make use of the extra power phases just like the msi lightning. I don't see you all bashing the evga classified for being twice the price of a normal x58 mobo! I mean for the average user this card and other components like the classified are excessive 'bling' bits of kit to give a system some WOW factor.

I really don't know what you were expecting 1200mhz core?Quote

17-05-2010, 17:41:31

The EVGA classifieid wasn't that much more than a normal X58 when it came out £290 vs. ~£250. This on the other hand doesn't really have that much advantage over a standard 5870, and by the time someone has stuck a waterblock on the standard 5870, this one doesn't have much of a chance.

An Xtreme clocker (so to speak) wouldn't go for this over a similar card, because they would stick a waterblock on it. If they were going for benchy records, wouldn't they use a superclocked 5970? They clock almost as well and have two chips instead of one.Quote

18-05-2010, 07:35:40

.. but it's got cool lights !Quote

18-05-2010, 07:59:04

True...but if you're going to pay £400 for that, I can offer a nice ball of string for you to chase at a mere £350, hours of enjoyment. Quote

18-05-2010, 09:22:21

What kind of string ?Quote

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