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ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum Review

By on January 3, 2013
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The best single GPU graphics card?

Good: Nice factory overclock; Great stock performance; Overclocking via software, buttons and hotwires; LN2 cooling compatibility; Complete control over voltage controls.
Bad: 3-slot card; Voltage increase doesn't really help overclock on air cooling.
Price: AED 1,900
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

With both AMD and Nvidia not having released their next generation DX11 cards yet, it was only fair that we start seeing some seriously beefed up custom solution from partner firms, and ASUS is always one to come up with some pretty cool stuff. For today’s review I have their recently launched HD 7970 Matrix Platinum card from their ROG line of products.

The HD 7970 Matrix Platinum is designed with one purpose in mind: push the AMD Tahiti core to its limits. While AMD has launched the GHz edition HD 7970 to combat the significant performance lead the Nvidia GTX 680 has had over it, the ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum takes it one step further, just take a look at the clock speeds below.

Packaging

Now the ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum being such a special card, it makes sense that the packaging is also special. While the box itself is something I would expect for a motherboard, there aren’t as many goodies as I expected.

For starters there’s a small SteelSeries Diablo 3 branded mousepad, a crossfire bridge, manuals and drivers disc, Y power cable, 2 wires for connecting the card to an ASUS ROG compatible motherboard for overclocking voltage, and a slim-profile heatsink to use with LN2 cooling kits. Also a Republic of Gamers metal sticker.

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From auditing to editing, I now test and analyze the latest gadgets and games instead of the latest financial statements. Both jobs are equally intense and rewarding. When I'm not burning up hardware in the name of science, you'll find me nuking in DOTA 2 or engineering in TF2.

Comments
  • t_sonic

    Great review i ve been looking for this graphic card but icant find it no where so please if you can help me to find this card i will be thankful

    • http://twitter.com/taimoorh Taimoor Hafeez

      Should be available in most shops in Al Ain Centre.

    • http://twitter.com/TareKKamalhamdy Tarek Kamal Hamdy

      Check with Royal Focus in Computer Plaza Dubai,, they should have some units

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