ASUS GTX 780 Ti Matrix Platinum Review
As NVIDIA’s Kepler architecture matures, board partners have become more familiar with the cores and are now launching their highly modified designs. This gradual progression is most evident in ASUS’s GTX 780 Ti Matrix Platinum Edition which is an engineering tour de force with a myriad of advanced features and a suitably spectacular price that is specifically targeted towards overclockers.
The Matrix series has a long and storied history. Generation after generation, these Republic of Gamers cards have been among the best available and are highly prized commodities due to their longevity and capabilities. This time around ASUS has quite a bit of competition to overcome though. EVGA’s GTX 780 Ti Classified, MSI’s Lightning, Galaxy’s Hall of Fame and GIGABYTE’s Super Overclock have either launched or are waiting in the wings and all of them are hoping to dethrone the Matrix series from its prized position. Naturally, ASUS isn’t taking this challenge lying down and the GTX 780 Ti Matrix Platinum Edition represents a culmination of countless engineering hours and plenty of enthusiast consultation. As a matter of fact, ASUS worked with some of today’s leading overclockers to create a prefect card for the needs of this exceedingly demanding niche.
As with previous Matrix designs, there are two different versions of the GTX 780 Ti edition: the Platinum and a stock edition. While the Platinum features increased clock speeds, the “regular” GTX 780 Ti Matrix offers up the exact same features but operates at reference frequencies and will cost a bit less. If you’re an overclocker who simply wants to hit insane frequencies without a care about out-of-box speeds, grab the non-Platinum.
From a specifications standpoint, the Matrix Platinum certainly won’t be the fastest GTX 780 Ti on the block. It boasts a respectable Base speed overclock to 1006MHz and the excellent cooler design (we’ll get more into that later) allows frequencies to level out at the 1.15GHz mark. Meanwhile, due to NVIDIA’s limitations to custom designs so board partners' wares can’t compete against the TITAN Black, the memory remains at 3GB, operating at 7Gbps. As you might expect, most of this card’s appeal comes from its overclocking chops.
The GTX 780 Ti Matrix Platinum targets a very narrow subset of users so it will only be available for a limited time and will cost a whole lot of money. According to ASUS we’ll see it sometime later this month but the price hasn’t been published quite yet. We’d expect it to go for about $825 USD or $875 for those of us north of the border but that will be confirmed in the coming days.
Over the next few pages we’ll go through this card’s features and its substantial overclocking prowess. It goes without saying that the GTX 780 Ti Matrix may be expensive but so is the immediate competition. The real question is whether or not it is more valuable to overclockers than the alternatives.
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