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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

This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum.


What's Hot


One of the Best Looking GeForce GTX 980s: The ASUS GeForce GTX 980 ROG Matrix Platinum has to be, without a doubt, one of the best looking GTX 980s on the market. ASUS doesn't just slap its ROG branding onto any old product.


Uber Level Performance: The out of the box performance is nothing short of impressive, but it still has a considerable amount of headroom to overclock it, too. Tweakers are going to get a fun card to play with, that's for sure.


Quiet Operation: All of the performance and none of the noise - just how it should be.


Maxwell Architecture: NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture is what makes most of this possible, as the GM204 core itself doesn't run too hot and allows ASUS' DirectCU II cooling to really do its job incredibly well.


What's Not


Strange Placement of PCIe Power Connectors: One of the big problems I have with the GTX 980 Matrix Platinum is the placement of the PCIe power connectors. You have to really fiddle to get the two 8-pin PCIe cables in, which isn't fun.



Final Thoughts


ASUS has handcrafted the GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum for enthusiasts, with a video card that simply doesn't hold back. Everything from the box down to the card itself is meticulous. The finish of the DirectCU II cooler, the color style and ROG branding - it all adds up to one of the best GeForce GTX 980s on the market right now.




It doesn't only look great, but the performance is out of this world. The factory overclock provides a nice jump in performance over the reference GeForce GTX 980 from NVIDIA, but the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum also has a nice chunk of headroom to play with overclocking the card at home, too.


Being able to play everything at 4K 60FPS or 1080p/1440p at 144Hz makes buying a monitor with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology a breeze. If you wanted to have one of the best video cards on the market, you'll run out and buy the ASUS GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum and at the same time, grab an ASUS ROG Swift PG278Q G-Sync monitor. It's an unstoppable combination of gaming technology.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)95%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)95%
Bundle, Packaging & Software95%
Value for Money90%
Overall TweakTown Rating94%

The Bottom Line: ASUS does not hold back with its GeForce GTX 980 Matrix Platinum, one of the best video cards we've ever used. With plenty of additional headroom for overclocking, this is the best GTX 980 out there.

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