ASUS ROG R9 290X MATRIX Platinum Video Card Review

Today we have the highest-end R9 290X from ASUS, the ASUS ROG R9 290X MATRIX Platinum video card. This video card is dual-purposed for fan or LN2 cooling, and has vast power capabilities. We're putting it up against the ASUS GeForce GTX 780 DirectCU II OC to see which delivers the best bang for your buck.

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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 HyperThreading 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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Driver Information :

For the ASUS ROG R9 290X MATRIX Platinum video card we are using - Catalyst 14.7 RC3 Beta driver package, dated 8/14/2014.

For the ASUS GeForce GTX 780 Ti DC II OC video card we are using GeForce 340.52 WHQL dated 7/29/2014.

Below is a screenshot of GPU-z after installing the ASUS ROG R9 290X MATRIX Platinum video card with the Catalyst 14.7 RC3 Beta driver.

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