Asus Matrix 5870 Can OC Itself for 19% FPS Boost

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.

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • tacoslave
    i was looking into buying one of these. If its a little extra cash ($50)it might be worth it imo.
  • IronRyan21
    I love to see Toms get a hold of one and benchmark it vs Nvidia's lineup...
  • Nutjob
    Holy god, you need two 8 pin power connectors.
  • mister g
    Woild be worth it if your case has a side window don't you think?
  • mister g
    Can someone tell me how you edit comments?
  • 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?
  • Trueno07
    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...
  • lauxenburg
    Wow...finally they moved away from the queer generic look...damn rog edition looks fly.
  • brisingamen
    cant wait to see what its capable of.
  • PieceMaker42
    I wonder how the price/performance will compare nVidia's new lineup?