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ASUS GeForce GTX 980 ROG Matrix Platinum Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 22, 2015 5:10 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: ASUS

How Does the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum Perform?

 

I had high expectations of the GTX 980 Matrix Platinum, but once the card was in my machine and the testing began, all of those expectations were met, and some. The card runs quiet, doesn't use that much more power than our GTX 970s and reference GTX 980, and has a nice amount of headroom for some overclocking.

 

Performance at 1080p

 

As usual, we start with Battlefield 4 at 1920x1080 on the Medium preset, where the GTX 980 Matrix Platinum card smashed it out of the park with 119FPS minimum and 186FPS average. This is more than enough for any monitor (1080p 144Hz).

 

The ASUS card beat out the overclocked MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE by 13FPS, and the reference GTX 980 by 17FPS. On the Ultra preset (minus AA), the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum impressed once again with 165FPS average, which is equal to our reference GTX 980s in SLI, and just 7FPS lower than the Titan X.

 

The newer GeForce 350.12 drivers help the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum score 104FPS on Grand Theft Auto V, just 1FPS from the Titan X in SLI. GRID: Autosport enjoyed the power behind the GTX 980 Matrix Platinum, with 148FPS average, which has it losing to the awesome ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition by just 5FPS.

 

Something I was looking forward to seeing was Metro: Last Light, with the ASUS card pulling 94FPS average at 1080p. This has it beating the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE by 7FPS, and just 6FPS away from the Titan X. In Shadow of Mordor at 1080p, the ASUS card equals the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Edition with 108FPS average.

 

Performance at 1440p

 

Cranking our tests up to 2560x1440, the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum was capable of 159FPS average on Battlefield 4 with the Medium preset, finding itself in between our ZOTAC GeForce GTX 970 AMP! Extreme Core Edition with 147FPS, and the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE with 162FPS. On the Ultra preset (minus AA), the ASUS card managed 107FPS, losing out to the MSI card by a fair margin with its 121FPS. This could be an anomaly with our testing, but I did run it a few times to iron out the issues.

 

Grand Theft Auto V at 1440p saw our ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum with some great minimum framerates of 45FPS, against the Titan X with its 43FPS. Average wise, we have 94FPS on the ASUS card versus 86FPS on the overclocked MSI GTX 980. The ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum performed great with GRID: Autosport at 1440p, with 145FPS average, versus the 128FPS on the MSI card.

 

Metro: Last Light provided 62FPS average, versus the 58FPS average of the MSI card, while Shadow of Mordor saw the ASUS card with 69FPS average, versus the 78FPS on the MSI card.

 

Performance at 4K

 

I have to admit, I was the most excited for 3840x2160 - as I am with all high-end hardware. I wanted to see just how far the ASUS card could be pushed at 4K, and starting with Battlefield 4 we have 82FPS average versus the MSI GTX 980 with 91FPS. Not a great start, but let's see how we go in the Ultra detail. The Ultra preset (minus AA) has the ASUS card with 60FPS, while the MSI card scores 65FPS - not good at 4K.

 

Moving to GTA V, we have 75FPS which beats every other setup we have tested so far - but as I said before, we're using the newer 350.12 drivers here. In GRID: Autosport, the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum was capable of 82FPS, beating out the MSI card with its 76FPS.

 

The same domination happened in Metro: Last Light, with the ASUS card pushing 64FPS, leaving out the reference GTX 980 with its 51FPS, and the MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE with its 59FPS. As for Shadow of Mordor, the GTX 980 Matrix Platinum had 56FPS average, compared to the MSI card with 57FPS.

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