ASUS 7970 Matrix Platinum
As is always the case with ROG branded products the Matrix comes in the readily identifiable red box. It's strange to see the card placed at an angle below the Velcro flap, but at least it's something different.
The Matrix Platinum itself is gargantuan. With a triple slot cooler and a sturdy backplate it's one of the heaviest cards we've yet tested. Clearly this is a card designed to remain frosty under even the most extreme overclocking scenarios. As well as the side-on logo you can see at the top of our review and we'll look at on the next page, the backplate has a large Matrix logo. Nobody will be left in any doubt as to whose graphics card you have in your system.
As well as the standard Crossfire fingers and two 8pin PCIe power inputs we have the first clues that this is a major departure from the standard PCB. Two inputs for the VGA overvolting if you're running on a ROG Motherboard allow for tweaking without soldering.
At the other end we have the monitoring points to make sure you're not frying your card under extreme conditions. Just below them we have the TweakIt buttons which allow for on the fly voltage adjustment. The 100% button refers to the fan speeds. Press this button and the fans instantly run at their maximum which helps keep temperatures down as well as make you go deaf.
As a large part of this cards purpose is to be easy for the LN2 brigade to use, ASUS have included a heatsink to keep the Nichicon GT capacitors cool. Finally we have the two DVI outputs and the four DisplayPorts. For the more common HDMI connection you'll need an adaptor, which is provided.