As usual, partner manufacturers are not content with Nvidia’s reference design, but continue to release increasingly hot graphics cards. The latest is Asus with a new member of the Republic of Gamers family, which, among other things, will deliver higher performance and more potential for overclocking.
The newcomer is called Asus Geforce GTX 980 ROG Matrix Platinum and is based on the graphics processor GM204 with 2,048 CUDA cores and 4 GB of memory on a 256-bit memory bus. In the new version, lots of lavish features are added.
First of all, the graphics processor’s boost frequency is raised to 1,342 MHz, up from 1,216 MHz in the standard version, while the memory frequency remains at 7.0 GHz GDDR5. However, the manufacturer states that overclockers should be able to reach significantly higher clock frequencies than that.
For this, an extra lavish circuit board is provided with a 12 + 2-phase power supply according to the Digi + Super Alloy Power concept. In addition, there is the radiator DirectCU II with black anodised flanges, the hybrid fan Cooltech Fan and extra thick heat conduction pipes (10 mm).
More features are the overclocking software GPU Tweak, recoverable firmware with safe mode and LEDs that mark the load. In addition, Asus pays extra attention to extreme overclockers that experiment with liquid nitrogen and provide the Memory Defroster feature to reduce the risk of memory errors at minus degrees.
Asus Geforce GTX 980 ROG Matrix Platinum must be available from Swedish dealers before the turn of the year at the recommended price of SEK 6,490 including VAT.