The best single GPU graphics card?
The below testbed was used:
For benchmark the below settings were used:
Note: While AMD’s latest beta Catalyst 12.11 was used for testing the ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum, all the other cards are running older version of GeForce and Catalyst drivers.
Noise & Temperature
One of the advantages of having such a large heatsink is that you can expect little no noise, and indeed this is the case with the ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum. At idle you cannot hear the card at all, with full load giving a slight whisper of a noise. Of course, once I overclocked the fan noise was noticeable, but not annoying by any stretch.
Temperatures were also impressively low at default fan speeds, even when overclocked.
The ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum truly is a beastly card, giving very high frame rates (thanks in part to AMD’s driver improvements) and making it one of fastest single-GPU graphics card tested to date. Sure the card is massive, but with this type of incredible performance, that’s to be expected. If you’re not a fan of Nvidia, the ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum should be almost the top spot on your shopping list if you want the fastest single-GPU setup for your gaming rig!