Asus Geforce GTX 780 Ti Matrix Platinum Review
ASUS Republic of Gamers has been known to bring out
motherboards and graphics cards that are top-of-the- line with a heavy emphasis
on overclocking. Sticking to this mantra, ASUS ROG has come out with a beast of
a card that's based on NViDiA's GeForce GTX 780 Ti; welcome the Matrix 780 Ti
The Matrix 780 Ti looks gorgeous from the outside with its
modified DirectCU II cooler. As with all recent ASUS cards, this one also
sports two fans: a CoolTech fan and a traditional fan, to cool its heat sink
more efficiently. The heat sink now features five heat pipes of varying sizes
(1x 10mm, 2x 8mm, and 2x 6mm) and is larger than usual. Adding to that, ASUS
also included a custom backplate. in spite of these changes, the card remains a
dual-slot card with a length of around 11.5 inches.
Asus Geforce GTX
780 Ti Matrix Platinum overview
A closer look at the card's PCB reveals the things that make
the Matrix 780 Ti Platinum an overclocker's dream. its power phase and VRM have
been customized to a whole new level with the inclusion of DlGl+ VRM with black
metallic capacitors, and a 14-phase Super Alloy Power PWM design to ensure
stability during overclocking.
At the end of the PCB are the additional Molex power connector
and the Safe Mode switch, which loads the default card settings to ensure that
your system will boot up. A toggle switch can also be found for the Memory
Defroster feature, which defrosts the card's memory during LN2 overclocking.
Lastly, there are voltage read points at the edge of the PCB.
Asus Geforce GTX
780 Ti Matrix Platinum rear view
The Platinum moniker isn't just for a longer title, as this
also denotes that the Matrix 780 Ti comes factory overclocked with a base GPU
clock of 1006 MHz (boost clock of 1072MHz) and an effective 7GHz memory clock.
As for its connectors, it has a pair of DVi ports, an HDMl
port, and a DisplayPort. Power input is handled by a pair of 8-pin PCie
The safe Mode
switch, Molex connector, Memory defroster and voltage read points are found at
the end of the PCB
We ran 3DMark (2013) and Crysis 3 to see how well this card
performs. On 3DMark, it managed 5358 and 10724 marks on Fire Strike Extreme and
Fire Strike, respectively. Playing Crysis 3 on the highest settings at 1080p
was great, as this card managed around 45fps.
The Matrix 780 Ti Platinum is not for the everyday user,
which is evident with its price tag of $1035. This card isn't just made for
gaming, but also to break overclocking records. We might not have been able to
thoroughly test its LN2 features, but they're definitely there, and we're sure
that overclockers will really enjoy such features.
GPU Clock: 1006MHz (Base), 1072MHz (Boost)
Memory: 3GB GDDr5
Display: Connectors DVi-D, DVi-i, HDMi, DisplayPort