ASUS RoG GTX 580 Matrix Platinum Review
In the last few months we’ve seen a long line of GTX 580 cards which have been fed a good helping of steroids for increased performance and cooler core temperatures. MSI was one of the first with their Lightning and Gigabyte closely followed with their own Super Overclock card; both of which put forth some impressive benchmark results. The march of 3GB cards came next with EVGA’s GTX 580 3GB and yet another MSI Lightning which sported the Xtreme Edition branding. During this back and forth competition between some of the market’s biggest names, there was one conspicuous absentee: ASUS. That’s about to change.
ASUS has finally taken the covers off of the much anticipated and endlessly previewed RoG GTX 580 Matrix Platinum Edition. As with many of its competitors it features an overclocked core, a high end heatsink design and additions which will surely appeal to the overclocking community. Why it has taken this long to come out is anyone’s guess but the Matrix is here now and it is certainly making some waves.
Interestingly enough, this generation of Matrix-branded cards comes in two flavors: a standard edition and the slightly more expensive Platinum. The Platinum version is the one we’re reviewing today and it comes with an overclocked highly binned GPU core, loads of add-ons for overclockers and ASUS’ new triple slot DirectCU II Matrix cooler. Meanwhile, the non-platinum branded card features a very minor clock speed increases and a non-binned core but is otherwise identical to the Platinum in terms of overall design.
With a price of $529, the Platinum isn’t all that expensive when compared to the MSI Lightnings of this world and the premium over most reference cards isn’t extreme either. Its closest competitor will likely be the $545 Gigabyte Super Overclock which does sport higher clock speeds but is becoming increasingly harder to find. One thing we should mention is the fact that the Matrix series isn’t built for out of box performance. Rather, these cards designed to allow end users to push clock speed limits with the included software suite while retaining the full warranty.
This is a card which many enthusiasts have been eagerly waiting for since it was first seen right before this year’s Computex. But with the competition having boots on the ground in the high end custom GTX 580 market for months now, has ASUS waited too long?
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