ASUS RoG Matrix HD5870 Platinum review

The overclockers DirectX 11 card of choice?

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Our Verdict

Absolutely not a card for everyone, but if you want to tweak it, there's none better.

For

  • More overclocking tools than any other GPU
  • Stable at 1GHz or more

Against

  • Not the fastest out of the box
  • Extra performance isn't worth the cost

After decent gaming performance from your next graphics card upgrade? Don't even think about buying the ASUS' latest Republic of Gamers Matrix HD 5870, then.

Any standard, off the shelf AMD Radeon HD 5870, like the HIS reference model which costs just £320, will happily run any game you can throw at it at a high resolution and decent framerate.

If you want just 'decent' performance, Asus' Republic of Gamers don't want your money. Even if you want a super-tuned HD 5870, the Gigabyte Super Overclocked edition is faster.

If, and only if, you're the kind of person who enjoys torturing silicon until it screams by increasing clockspeeds and voltages purely for the hell of it is the Matrix the card for you.

With an improved heatsink, custom parts and PCB, and software apps that let you overclock the Matrix harder than any other GPU out there, this is a card that begs to run faster.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerATI
Chipset Model5870
HDMIYes
Chipset LineRadeon
Chipset SeriesHD 5000
DisplayPortYes
Maximum Resolution2560 x 1600
Brand NameAsus
Standard Memory2 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 2.1 x16
HDCP SupportedYes
Bus Width256 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologyCrossFireX
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
Dual Link DVI SupportedYes
DVIYes
Number of DisplayPort Outputs1
Number of DVI Outputs1
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height127 mm
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Product SeriesA
Length292.1 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Memory Speed4800 MHz
Product ModelMATRIX 5870/2DIS/2GD5
Product NameMATRIX 5870/2DIS/2GD5 Radeon HD 5870 Graphics Card
Product LineMATRIX
Manufacturer Part NumberMATRIX 5870/2DIS/2GD5
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

With the demand of current applications and software, the addition of a graphics card can help improve the computing process and application time.

API SupportedDirectX 11.0, OpenGL