ASUS ROG MATRIX PLATINUM R9 280X Video Card Review

Today we take ASUS' elite R9 280X product, the ASUS ROG MATRIX PLATINUM R9 280X video card, and put its advanced power phasing and board components to the test as we harshly overclock it. We compare it to an ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II. Then we will put it head to head against the overclocked SAPPHIRE TOXIC R9 280X.

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Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

Test System Setup

We will be using a ASUS P8Z77 WS motherboard. For the CPU we used an Intel i7 3770k overclocked to 4.6GHz with Hyper-threading enabled. The RAM is Corsair Dominator 16GB at 1600MHz. We have recently upgraded our system to run the Windows 8.1 operating system on a 240GB Kingston HyperX SSD.

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We will be directly comparing the ASUS ROG MATRIX PLATINUM R9 280X with the ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II. We will evaluate each video cards performances at the stock, out-of-box operating speed. Then, we will re-evaluate performance after achieving the highest stable overclock on each video card.

Later in this evaluation, we will also be comparing the overclocked ASUS ROG MATRIX PLATINUM R9 280X at its highest OC value to the SAPPHIRE TOXIC R9 280X with its highest stable overclock. This will give us a good idea of how the ASUS ROG MATRIX PLATINUM R9 280X performs compared to another custom Radeon R9 280X video card.

For the ASUS ROG MATRIX PLATINUM R9 280X we are using - Catalyst 13.11 Beta 9.5 released 12/3/2013. It was the latest version available during the time of testing.

For the ASUS GeForce GTX 770 DirectCU II we are using - ForceWare 331.82 WHQL. The latest available driver is 331.93 BETA, which holds no performance changes compared to the 331.82 WHQL driver. It does enable users to use NVIDIA GameStream and GeForce ShadowPlay.

Below is a screenshot of GPU-z after installing the ASUS ROG MATRIX PLATINUM R9 280X video card with the Catalyst 13.11 BETA 9.5 driver.

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