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SKYMTL November 14, 2012 09:41 PM

ASUS HD 7970 Matrix Platinum Edition Review Comment Thread
ASUS' Matrix Platinum series typically comes to the graphics card party a bit late but these cards know how to make an grand entry. This time around AMD's HD 7970 gets some special treatment with overclocker-friendly components, some unique features, high clock speeds and an iconic DirectCU II heatsink.

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sswilson November 14, 2012 10:04 PM

That's quite the glowing conclusion SKYMTL. I haven't had a chance to go through all of the charts, but I'm certainly looking forward to seeing what boost clocks, greatly improved driver efficiency, and premium parts for OCing bring to the table when compared against the 680. Maybe Nvidia will have to rethink their "dumbing down" of Kepler's current products.

Hopefully this will keep the fanbois at bay for a little while..... ;)

Arinoth November 14, 2012 10:17 PM

It's a wonder what some good drivers can do for AMD cards and this help's reinforce this. I REALLY hope they keep at their better drivers as this can really help them edge out nVidia when some cards come down to the wire.

JJThomp November 14, 2012 11:08 PM

That is one bad ass card.

wirerogue November 14, 2012 11:10 PM

i should get one of these. oh wait, i already did.

slippy November 15, 2012 05:57 AM

I wonder why they chose a Diablo 3 mousepad?! Coming this late into the game, they should have known better LOL

SKYMTL November 15, 2012 06:11 AM


Originally Posted by wirerogue (Post 670952)
i should get one of these. oh wait, i already did.

What are your overclocks like?

great_big_abyss November 15, 2012 07:26 AM

Nice review. I've always liked the work that ASUS puts into their power delivery systems. With ASUS, you're not just getting a fancy heatsink, you're getting a whole slew of items to help you squeeze performance out of your card.

I wonder though, how this compares in performance to the MSI Lightning? It runs a little hotter and a little cooler, does it perform a little better, too? I'd compare with your review of the lightning, but I think that was pre 12.11 drivers, so there's no point.

SKYMTL November 15, 2012 07:45 AM

Go by clock speeds. Typically, a 10% difference in clocks translates into a ~6% difference in performance.

BlueByte November 15, 2012 08:56 AM

I would be interested in crossfire temps, my two Asus DCII's are so tight with 3 slots that the trapped card get really hot. I am probably going to put a couple of 120s on the top of the cards to help out. Ticked me off to be honest since I went for silence.

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