Cream of the HD 5870 crop?
Today we’re taking a look at one of the highest end cards from ASUS’s ATI offerings, the Matrix 5870 Platinum graphics card. It comes with a slight factory overclock GPU at 894MHz Core (compared to 850MHz reference) clock speed. Everything else remains the same; except that the Matrix 5870 Platinum also comes with 2GB GDDR5 instead of the standard 1GB memory on other HD 5870 cards in the market.
Due to these additional bells and whistles, the ASUS Matrix 5870 Platinum retails at AED 2150 ($ 527) which is a little higher than other 2GB variants of the HD 5870 cards out there.
As with most of ASUS’s graphics card, the packaging is simple and minimal. Along with the drivers is included the iTracker2 overclocking utility, two 8-pin to 6-pin splitter cables, two HDMI to DVI and DVI to VGA connectors and a Crossfire cable. The Matrix 5870 Platinum forgoes the secondary DVI port, instead coming with an HDMI (v1.3) and native Display Port. Also, note the Safe Mode button at the back. Think of it as CMOS Clear button which will basically reset any ambitious overclocked settings on the card, bringing it back to factory default speeds so that the PC can easily boot up.
Another interesting feature of the Matrix 5870 Platinum is the GPU load lighting system on the card itself. Under different levels of stress, the colours will keep on changing. So, for instance, under normal to light load, the colours will hover between dark and light blue. Running the Just Cause 2 benchmark turned the lights to purple, while some parts of 3DMARK Vantage were giving off a red glow.
Moving on to the real meat of the review, let’s look at our testbed comprises of an Intel 965 EE Quadcore CPU @ 3.2GHz with 3GB Corsair DDR3-1333 RAM on the Gigabyte X58A-UD9 motherboard. ATI’s latest driver, Catalyst 10.7 was used for testing the ASUS Matrix 5870 Platinum.