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Old 22-10-12, 09:13 AM
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ASUS 7970 Matrix Platinum



We finally get our hands on the top-line HD7970 from ASUS, the Matrix Platinum. Has it been worth the lengthy wait?


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Old 22-10-12, 10:25 AM
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Harsh but fair.
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Old 22-10-12, 10:44 AM
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Unhappy Shame really :(

I always hate to see good manufacturers righteously get their bollocks handed to them (Except for NZXT, that was pretty funny!)

ASUS could have at least sent a cherry picked review sample, so they wouldn't look as bad.

By the way, Tom, is it planned for the future to get the graphs in HTML5 instead of Flash (or some sort of compromise). I went on this on a mobile device and none of the numbers would show.
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Old 22-10-12, 11:42 AM
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its a lovely designed card but the performence is really disappointing...
tom was swearing and that doesnt happen often
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Old 22-10-12, 11:56 AM
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Disappointing. Asus make great motherboards but their GPU's feel more fluff than substance.

I really get the sense that they are using the Republic of Gamers branding on products that aren't really that premium. If they continue to dilute the brand it will become worthless. I also don't think the lights on the side of the card are a good idea, makes it look like a cheap afterthought to distract from the cards main fault: Performance.
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Old 23-10-12, 01:09 AM
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idk tom.... i think you got a dud....

the platinums ARE cherry picked...hence the "Platinum"
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Old 23-10-12, 01:42 AM
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if they are cherry picked then they are doing a bad job of it given that tom had a chip that wouldn't go past 1200. i definitly had higher hopes for this card...
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Old 23-10-12, 01:45 AM
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Cherry picking suggests that they've been tested in-house by the manufacturer, right? As Tristan says, they're obviously not doing it right.
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Old 23-10-12, 02:04 AM
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For the price of this card you can get a gtx 680 that comes with a factory overclock of 1200 if asus's "cherry picking" process allows a chip that can only do 1200 then somthing is wrong.
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Old 23-10-12, 02:36 AM
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reading other print reviews of this same card and you'd think there was a
different version becasue they are all upside-down giddy with the results.
comparo to GTX and gains over the reference cards, you'd thought the 2nd
coming was in this card. dribble... just dribble.. cost to performance ratio is
so lope-sided.

"....11% performance improvement over the regular HD 7970 and a 3% boost
over the HD 7970 GHz and MSI HD 7970 Lightning." for 35-40% more cost to
the Lightning?
but nobody else is barking about the low frequency clocking ability. edged by the
PowerColor at more cost?
should have been stomped a mud-hole in the competitions butt on this purchase.
but instead "edged-out" by its competitor..

ASUS good for you, but i think this is not a great card from the stables of ROG
performance line..

another spot-on point was the RBG lighting and the control. Corsair Link was
getting similar flack on the "effect" and gave "ownership" to the end-user instead
of locking them out. same aurguement, "oohh it changes under load.." obvious
reply, "MEH".

just my opinion...

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