ASUS RoG Matrix GTX 580 Platinum Graphics Card Review
At the beginning of February we reviewed a couple of high-end GTX 580's, one from Gainward and the other from ASUS. That ASUS card was the DirectCU II
which took the NVIDIA core and attached it to a custom PCB with enhanced components and a triple slot cooler which had no problems dealing with a GPU which was well known for its high levels of heat generation.
For some manufacturers having the best GTX 580 available would be enough but not ASUS. Taking the foundations of their DirectCU II GTX 580 ASUS have further enhanced the design, aiming it at enthusiasts with the addition of voltage read points, on-board buttons for fan and power adjustments and making it part of the Republic of Gamers brand. So today we have the Matrix GTX 580 Platinum on our test bench and will be finding out in a selection of real world gaming tests, including Crysis 2 with DX11 and high res textures and GPU computing, whether this is now the ultimate GTX 580... or maybe even the best single GPU product ever released...
Oh, and one more thing... clearly this card isn't aimed at the average user, it's for overclockers so throughout the test we will be running the card at its maximum stable settings.