Massive ASUS ROG Matrix HD 7970 GPU Pictured

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 22, 2012 - 01:27 PM |
Tagged: tahiti, gpu, ASUS ROG, asus, amd, 7970

ASUS recently posted a few teaser photos of its upcoming Republic of Gamers branded 7970 graphics card. The Matrix HD 7970 is a three slot design with the company’s DirectCU II heatsink, dual fans, DIGI+ VRM, and (of course) AMD’s 7970 Tahiti GPU core. While likely not based on the higher-binned cores used in the new 7970 GHz Edition graphics cards, with the large cooler and extra power phases that ASUS is packing into this Matrix GPU it should overclock to similar levels of performance.

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The card features fans, and a large dual slot cooler with the traditional red and black ROG theme. The ASUS and Matrix logos are etched into the side of the card as well. The PCB is black and further covered by a bracing plate to reinforce the PCB to support the weight of the cooler. On the front of the card, it houses an air vent, two DVI connectors, and four DisplayPort video outputs. On the back of the card are four buttons. Two of the buttons with plus and minus symbols let you adjust the core voltage in preset jumps. The Safe Mode button next to the minus button clears the overclocks from the BIOS and resets the card to default settings. Finally, the red button will spin the fan up to 100% to overclock the card as far as possible. They also have a bank of LEDs below the buttons that offer at-a-glance load monitoring (really only useful for those testing outside a case...). In the rear corner of the card is two eight pin PCI-E power connectors. Then, on the underside (top when installed in the case) of the graphics card’s PCB, ASUS has a VGA Hotwire port which allows the card to interface with the ASUS OC Key and Extreme edition motherboards (such as the Maximus V and Rampage IV Extreme). There are also voltage checking points.

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Internals are somewhat similar to ASUS Radeon HD 7970 DirectCU II, but with some aspects ratcheted up. The power phases, for example, have increased from 12 phases to 20 on the Matrix card. It continues to use the 7970 “Tahiti” GPU with 2048 shaders, 32 ROPs, and AMD’s Graphics Core Next architecture. ASUS is packing 3GB of GDDR5 memory with a 384-bit memory interface. ASUS has stated that both the GPU core and memory will be overclocked from the factory. Unfortunately, they have not released any specific numbers. We will have to wait until the card is closer to the launch date for that information.

The ASUS ROG Matrix graphics card will be launching in Q3 of 2012. It will be aimed at extreme overclockers – especially those that are already using Republic of Gamers branded motherboards from ASUS. What do you think of this new card, especially now that AMD has launched its 7970 GHz Edition reference GPU? You can find more photos of the card over at the ASUS website.

Source: ASUS
June 22, 2012 | 08:06 PM - Posted by Justin (not verified)

Can someone answer why GPU makers put display ports on their cards? Why 4 display ports? Why not 4 HDMI ports? All my monitors have HDMI ports and DVI ports, not display ports.

And yeah, I know you can get the converters but why is that the case in the first place? Why not just HDMI ports?

June 23, 2012 | 02:45 AM - Posted by DeadOfKnight (not verified)

Because

June 23, 2012 | 08:12 AM - Posted by Tim Verry

It has something to do with the way the GPU drives the displays. It simply can't support six displays using HDMI/DVI without extra hardware which would add to the cost. DisplayPort does not have this limitation so that's why GPU makers use it to support the six display eyefinity setups.

August 11, 2012 | 01:13 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

For one thing HDMI maxes out at 1980 x 1080. Display ports max out at 2560 x 1600 at 120hz, or the bandwidth of about 4 hdmi monitors. So you would need 16 hdmi cables to handle the same resolution and frequency.

June 23, 2012 | 08:19 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

DisplayPort is a digital display interface developed by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA). The VESA specification is royalty-free. VESA designed it to replace VGA, DVI, and LVDS by creating a high performance standard.

(as opposed to the four cent per device royalty charged to HDMI devices)

make sense now?

HDMI was brought to you by a bunch of........Nevermind.

June 24, 2012 | 01:48 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

So I wonder how many displays one of these cards could actually drive. If you had one of those fancy hubs you might be able to get multiple displays per DP connection. Maybe do some 3 x 3 surround gaming. :)

June 27, 2012 | 12:56 AM - Posted by Alex_PGA (not verified)

The Matrix is now unlocked
OMG that`s so cool

September 18, 2012 | 02:31 AM - Posted by Jeebus (not verified)

I love my ROG Matrix 580 it"s fast runs cool and looks sexy in my Lian Li case.

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