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ASUS Matrix GTX580 Platinum review

ASUS Matrix GTX580 Platinum - Over the Top

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Overall rating 9/10
The DirectCU II cooler is excellent - quiet and effective
Safe Mode button to restore BIOS
ROG features useful for extreme overclockers
GPU Tweak utility makes tweaking the GPU easy and convenient
Default clock speeds are too conservative
Takes up three expansion slots

Test Setup

Test Setup

 As usual, we installed this ASUS Matrix GTX 580 on our test system which has the following specifications:

  • Intel Core i7-975 (3.33GHz)
  • Gigabyte GA-EX58-UD4P motherboard
  • 3 x 1GB DDR3-1333 G.Skill memory in triple channel mode
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Since, we have previously tested the standard NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580, albeit with slightly older drivers, we'll be recycling those scores as a reference Besides, we've already established in a past articles that even major driver updates don't give as much benefit as perceived and advertised. We also have another overclocked GTX 580, the Sparkle Calibre X580 that we will be including in the benchmarks. Finally, we'll throw in some results of other similar high-end graphics cards, like the older, dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970, an overclocked Radeon HD 6970 and the latest NVIDIA GeForce dual-GPU card, the GTX 590.

The list of card tested and driver versions used:

  • ASUS Matrix GTX580 Platinum (ForceWare 275.33)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 1560MB GDDR5 (ForceWare 266.58)
  • Sparkle Calibre X580 (ForceWare 262.99)
  • MSI R6970 Lighting 2GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 11.2)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590 3GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 267.71)
  • AMD Radeon HD 5970 2GB GDDR5 (Catalyst 11.2)

The list of benchmarks used:

  • Futuremark 3DMark Vantage
  • Futuremark 3DMark 11
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Far Cry 2
  • Battlefield Bad Company 2