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ASUS HD 5870 2GB Matrix Platinum Edition Review

Author: Michael "SKYMTL" Hoenig
Date: May 25, 2010
Product Name: ASUS HD 5870 2GB RoG Matrix Platinum Edition
 
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ASUS Xtreme Design VGA



As the VGA market becomes more and more competitive, board partners are always looking for new ways to distinguish themselves from the competition. Gigabyte has their Ultra Durable VGA initiative and ASUS now has what they call Xtreme Design VGA which is usually implemented on their custom cards. Basically, Xtreme Design involves a number of features that all work in concert to increase the overall quality and staying power of a given card. This section may seem more like a marketing blurb but all we are aiming for is to explain what Xtreme Design claims to bring to the table.


Dust Proof Fan


We all know that dust is a constant problem within a computer case and it can shorten the life of certain components like fans and power supplies. ASUS has implemented what they call a ďdust proof fanĒ which is basically a hub design that ensures dust does not enter the bearing area which will in turn extend the fanís lifespan. With this feature it is claimed that the fanís life will be extended by nearly 10,000 hours.


GPU Guard


One of the main problems with larger GPUs is PCB flex which is easily identifiable on cards that use certain custom coolers. In these cases, the PCB will slightly bow where pressure is applied. Even though this isnít a problem on cards sporting full-length coolers with multiple contact points, the ASUS GPU Guard aims to eliminate this by introducing additional reinforcement between the PCB layers. This is NOT included with the Matrix.


Fuse Protection


While surge protectors and most UPS units will protect your computer from harmful surges, there are plenty of people out there that donít have one of these units installed between their PC and the wall outlet. In order to add another layer of protection between the sensitive components on a graphics card and harmful power surges, ASUS has begun implementing Fuse Protection. This means a pair of fuses have been installed on the card just in case your power supplyís Over Current Protection fails as well. Letís call this a last line of defence when all else fails.
 
 
 

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