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ASUS ROG Matrix 5870 Platinum Install

Looking to replace my Radeon HD 5970 and decided to go with ASUS' ROG Matrix 5870 Platinum that we recently reviewed. It is loaded with features rarely seen on video cards and I thought it would find a good home in my personal rig. And yes, we have a purpose behind our upgrade too.

Time to Upgrade

Back in May you may recall that we reviewed the ASUS ROG Matrix 5870 Platinum, which we will refer to from here out as the "Matrix" to keep it simple. This is what we had to say back then.

If you do not plan to overclock your video card or tweak its hardware settings in any way than the ASUS ROG Matrix 5870 Platinum Edition is probably a waste of money for you. The 2GB of video memory doesn’t make any difference unless you run CrossFireX. If you are "just a gamer," a standard Radeon HD 5870 will better suit you and save you a wad of cash.

I knew then that I needed a set of these in my own computer, and that is what I made happen. So of course it is now overclocked to 894MHz / 4.8GHz. I have yet to pour more voltage to it so I am hoping to break the 1GHz barrier soon on this 5870 GPU. Soon young Jedi.....soon.

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If you read our review you would see where we talked about the visual GPU load alerts that are generated on the top of the cards. Below is a video of us booting the cards up and you can see the colors change during bootup. Excuse the poor quality of the video, it is hard to shoot in the dark. No sound so you are work friendly.

I transitioned from a Radeon HD 5970 to these Matrix cards in CrossFireX. You can find pictures of my 3x1 24" Portrait Eyefinity configuration here. As of yet, I have yet to feel as though these are hotter or noisier than the single 5970, but I was somewhat expecting it. At bootup, you can certainly hear the fans screaming till the fan controllers kick in, so I am sure I could hear the fans if the cards got too hot. This Cooler Master Cosmos case I am using, is not a shining example of chassis ventilation. Ambient temp in the case stays around 110F to 115F, a few degrees higher than it did with the single 5970.

Here are some pictures of the install.

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I installed these Matrix cards onto an ASUS P6T6 WS Revolution motherboard with an Intel Core i7 920 overclocked to 3.6GHz (using a Koolance Exos II and model 350 waterblock), 12GB of Corsair DDR3 (C8D modules rated at 1600 8-8-8-24) at 1443MHz, powered by a Corsair HX1000W PSU.

I am already seeing better framerates at 3600x1920 resolution and have been playing several different games. Metro 2033 are still not these cards strong point, but we already knew that.

Why?

You probably know that we are big fans of the "real world experience" rather than the old benchmark to tell us which whatever might be "best," and that is what I wanted to find out about NV Surround and Eyefinity when it comes to AMD's and NVIDIA's top end GPUs. Now that I have this stellar 5870 GPU CrossFireX machine, I have the stellar GTX 480 machine burning in right behind me now. You might have seen me mention it in the last week or two as being the "quiet" Fermi build. I intend to stick both of these machines under the desk and trade off between the two for a week or two and figure out the real world benefits to each...if any. It should be an interesting ride to say the least. It will be very interesting to see which box ends up staying underneath my desk for sure. Expect to see the "Quiet Fermi Build" in the next day or two.

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