If there's a brand that is synonymous with premium PC components, it would be ASUS. The company has been a leading force in the PC industry for decades now, and has been such a strong brand for so long, that they've entered the video card market in the last few years with quite a bang.
As a young PC enthusiast, I still remember the premium ASUS boards back in the Pentium, Pentium II and Celeron days. Back then, I couldn't afford $500+ on a new motherboard, but the ASUS boards were always on my wish list, but outside of my budget. Before I started working for TweakTown, I used to work in a small PC shop building custom PCs for customers, and of course, myself.
ASUS became one of the brands we would always use, as we used to have next to no issues with their products, and it was a brand that I trusted. In the last few years, ASUS created its Republic of Gamers initiative, making hardware and products that have their own umbrella within ASUS. The GTX 980 Matrix Platinum falls under that ROG label, too. So, when I had the opportunity to grab a few of their new GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum cards, the excitement built up very, very quickly.
With quite a few custom GeForce GTX 980 video cards on the market now, the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum is one of the best you can buy. With one of the highest clock speeds on the market, one of the best coolers and slickest styles, I'm incredibly excited to see what ASUS has in store for us with it.
And as a very big tease, we have a few of these with us. This is a normal review on the GTX 980 Matrix Platinum, but next week we'll follow through with a look at two of these insane cards in SLI, and sometime very soon, we'll look at them in 4K Surround - 6480x3840 of ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum cards, in single card, and SLI tests. Mmmm.
ASUS has clocked up its GTX 980 Matrix Platinum to dizzying heights, more so than the factory overclocked MSI GeForce GTX 980 Gaming 4G LE we looked at just a few weeks ago now, and by a very large margin compared to the reference GeForce GTX 980 from NVIDIA.
On their own website, ASUS says that the "ROG Matrix GTX 980 delivers 13% faster game performance than [the] reference design", which we're going to show you later in the review. The ASUS card is one of the fastest cards we've tested, and is our fastest GTX 980 so far.
Availability & Price
The ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum is on Amazon right now, in stock, for $639.99. This means you're paying a premium of around $100 over a competing factory overclocked GTX 980 from the likes of MSI or EVGA. At the time of writing, there was an additional $20 off through a post-purchase rebate.
PRICING: You can find the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 ROG Matrix Platinum Video Card for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Quick Specs and Availability & Price]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Detailed Look]
- Page 4 [Card Specifications & Cooling Setup]
- Page 5 [Testing Method & Test System Configuration]
- Page 6 [Benchmarks - Synthetic (3DMark and Heaven)]
- Page 7 [Game Benchmarks (1080p)]
- Page 8 [Game Benchmarks (1440p)]
- Page 9 [Game Benchmarks (4K)]
- Page 10 [Performance Summary]
- Page 11 [Overclocking]
- Page 12 [Power Consumption and Sound Testing]
- Page 13 [Software - GPU Tweak]
- Page 14 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]