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There is a reason ASUS is so well respected amongst PC enthusiasts. The company has been making some of the best-performing, most feature-rich products in the space for years. Whether it's a min-ITX motherboard, sleek Ultrabook, or a full-fledged, touch-enabled All-In-One system, ASUS has highly competitive products that are worthy of consideration. It's not just about performance and features, though. ASUS has also been a long-time innovator willing to release relatively low-volume products that cater to ultra, hardcore-enthusiasts. Such is the case with the ASUS ROG Matrix 7970 Platinum edition graphics card we'll be showing you here today. As its name suggests, the ASUS ROG Matrix 7970 Platinum is a member of the company's \"Republic of Gamers” series of products, designed for—you guessed it--gamers. The card is powered by an AMD Radeon HD 7970 GPU, but the similarities between plain vanilla 7970s and the ASUS ROG Matrix 7970 Platinum end there. This card is about as custom as you can get and it has features you won't find on any run-of-the-mill product.
As we continue to see a continuous stream of HD 7800 and HD 7900 series video cards hitting the market, it may be difficult to really tell them apart. Between several general models of an HD 7970 there may be little to no difference, or anything that sets it apart from other cards on the shelves. Some people may not desire to have anything super fancy, and these average-line models will suit them just fine. However for those who want the best, most feature-rich and overclockable card, ASUS has released its Matrix HD 7970 Platinum 3GB video card. It's got a feature list a mile long, a very large cooling system, and is supposed to be an excellent overclocker. I am really excited to get to test this video card and I'm anxious to see how it will do and how well its features work. In this review, I will provide a thorough evaluation of the ASUS Matrix HD 7970 Platinum that includes an extensive evaluation of the card, its features, overclockability, packaging, and performance. I will provide a comprehensive list of what all this card can do and how well it does it. Without anything more to be said, let's get started! To my surprise, when I first opened the plain brown cardboard box that this card came in I thought I had received a motherboard.
ASUS has a very rare addition to its MATRIX series offerings. MATRIX cards are always of a special build quality, including hand picked components and usually some very unique features not seen on any other card. Today we have the ASUS MATRIX HD 7970 Platinum. Let's see what it has to offer, and can it take the top honors for performance and features. The ASUS MATRIX HD 7970 Platinum is the cream of the crop when it comes to HD 7970 model cards form ASUS. It carries a hand-picked GPU to ensure maximum overclockability along with an absolute boatload of features for the extreme enthusiast to be able to tweak and tune every last ounce of performance from it. Add to this the 20-phase DIGI+ VRM, and you start to see this is no ordinary monster. This is the type that can rip apart the competition piece by piece. The ASUS MATRIX HD 7970 Platinum comes to market at about $480.00 MSRP, which is high for most. However, when considering what you get for the price, it looks like it could easily be justified. Let's take a closer look and see if this holds true. Here we see an overview of the many key features that make a MATRIX card so special. ASUS has added many features to this card, starting with the basics: the HD 7970 MATRIX has a huge PCB.