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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.

Benchmarking

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.

Conclusion

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!

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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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