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Asus Matrix 5870 Can OC Itself for 19% FPS Boost

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 28 comments

Asus is making some custom upgrades to the Radeon HD 5870 for its Republic of Gamers offering.

Last month Asus showed off its new Republic of Gamers motherboard, and now we bring you a look at a video card to match it.

Asus today is showing off its RoG Matrix 5870, which is based off of the ATI Radeon 5870 GPU. Asus, however, makes things a little more interesting with some customizations.

The new Matrix 5870 features 2GB of GDDR5 RAM running at 4.8GHz and a core clock of 894MHz. Those wanting an little bit of extra oomph from the hardware but aren't comfortable dealing with tweaks themselves will appreciate Asus' Super Hybrid Engine (SHE) comes in, which can switch between intense action and normal operations automatically.

Asus claims that its SHE auto-tweaking results in an average 19 percent boost in extreme heavy-duty first person shooter titles set to max detail and a 54 percent reduction in GPU power noise when doing regular 2D graphics, all with no interruption to users.

Asus has also designed a custom cooler for the Matrix 5870, which it claims pushes 22 percent more air than the reference heatsink and fan. As a result, it runs at least 13 percent cooler than reference.

So far there's no word on pricing, but you can bet it'll cost more than a vanilla Radeon HD 5870.

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    tacoslave , April 1, 2010 12:37 AM
    i was looking into buying one of these. If its a little extra cash ($50)it might be worth it imo.
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    IronRyan21 , April 1, 2010 12:56 AM
    I love to see Toms get a hold of one and benchmark it vs Nvidia's lineup...
    :D 
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  • 17 Hide
    tacoslave , April 1, 2010 12:37 AM
    i was looking into buying one of these. If its a little extra cash ($50)it might be worth it imo.
  • 15 Hide
    IronRyan21 , April 1, 2010 12:56 AM
    I love to see Toms get a hold of one and benchmark it vs Nvidia's lineup...
    :D 
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    Nutjob , April 1, 2010 12:58 AM
    Holy god, you need two 8 pin power connectors.
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    mister g , April 1, 2010 1:03 AM
    Woild be worth it if your case has a side window don't you think?
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    alextheawesome , April 1, 2010 1:11 AM
    "Those wanting an little bit of extra oomph from the hardware but aren't comfortable dealing with tweaks"

    So they're saying that somebody who is a participant of this "Republic of Gamers" would not feel safe OC'ing the card themselves?
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    Trueno07 , April 1, 2010 1:16 AM
    This looks like an awesome card. I would certainly pay a little more to get something like this.

    And yea, those 2 8-pin connectors... Crazy...
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    lauxenburg , April 1, 2010 1:24 AM
    Wow...finally they moved away from the queer generic look...damn rog edition looks fly.
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    brisingamen , April 1, 2010 1:29 AM
    cant wait to see what its capable of.
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    PieceMaker42 , April 1, 2010 1:38 AM
    I wonder how the price/performance will compare nVidia's new lineup?
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    notty22 , April 1, 2010 2:00 AM
    Competition for Fermi ?
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    spoofedpacket , April 1, 2010 2:57 AM
    tacoslavei was looking into buying one of these. If its a little extra cash ($50)it might be worth it imo.


    I doubt $50 would cover the 2nd GB of RAM on it. Would be nice, tho.
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    Anonymous , April 1, 2010 3:31 AM
    If this is priced around 449$, I would get one and Crossfire it with my 5850 ;-)

    MSI 5870 Lightning Vs ASUS 5870 Matrix OC Battle
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    Anonymous , April 1, 2010 3:53 AM
    I do believe I have the vapors! This Will compliment the crosshair III rather nicely. I'm sure retailers will give will Jack off the prices as hard they can with this one, as they have with all of the other 5000 series. And the sad part is that people like me are going to take it.
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    anamaniac , April 1, 2010 5:30 AM
    Kinda ugly...
    Am I the only one who thinks the reference 5xxx cards are sehxy?
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    mayne92 , April 1, 2010 5:59 AM
    anamaniacKinda ugly...Am I the only one who thinks the reference 5xxx cards are sehxy?

    Didn't know ppl cared for "sexy" gfx cards...lawl
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    Lutfij , April 1, 2010 5:59 AM
    still wondering if I should get this card - and if the 2GB on this babay is really worth the price - id we really need it?
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    The_Trutherizer , April 1, 2010 9:22 AM
    Ahh... I smell a price war! XD
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    juliom , April 1, 2010 10:33 AM
    alextheawesome"Those wanting an little bit of extra oomph from the hardware but aren't comfortable dealing with tweaks"So they're saying that somebody who is a participant of this "Republic of Gamers" would not feel safe OC'ing the card themselves?


    The series isn't called Republic of Overclockers... :p 
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    jfem , April 1, 2010 11:18 AM
    Awesome! I like this.
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