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    ASUS Matrix GTX 580 Platinum Unboxing Review GTX580 P/2DIS/1536MD5

    The ASUS Matrix GTX580 Platinum is the premier Republic of Gamers graphics card. With its deep ROG bloodline ASUS engineers have designed an extremely impressive video card for Gamers, Overclockers and enthusiasts alike. On the outside the Matrix 580 has an intimidating appearance similar to its non ROG brother the GTX 580 Direct Copper II. Sharing an NVIDIA Fermi 580 graphics processing core, the Matrix and and DCUII support 512 Shader cores, NVIDIA 4-Way SLI and 1.5 Gigabytes of onboard GDDR5 memory. Both cards have two dual link DVI ports, one HDMI 1.4a and one full size Display port and the much desired Direct Copper heat pipe cooling system. How ever, on the inside we see something much more beautiful and well refined about the Matrix. The release of ASUS's Matrix 580 Delivers new features such as GPU TweakIt allowing high performance overclocking and optimization from within windows through a software interface. No more hardware voltage mods required Onboard voltage adjustment buttons (+ -) provide for convenient tuning of your graphics cards core voltage. Asus has raised the bar once again by including a Safe Mode button for quick and easy operational restoration of a corrupted BIOS or failed flashing. ROG engineers have taken the hugely successful GTX 580 Direct Copper II and given it an appropriate ROG makeover with the true embodiment of an Overclocker.

    Matrix 580 Retail Box Cover.JPG


    ASUS has a strong history of excellent retail packaging with its motherboards, today I can say that tradition has been fully shared with the ROG graphics card series. Conveniently topped with a carrying handle the retail packaging follows suit with Republic of Gamers mother boards in its ROG red color scheme and bold shimmering title. Looking at the box we first see a very powerful explosion as if the performance of this card can not be bound within the limits of its box. The logos for DirectX 11, NVIDIA CUDA, Phys X, and NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready are seen at the bottom of the box.

    Matrix 580 Retail Box back.JPGMatrix 580 Retail inside Box Cover.JPG


    When we turn the box over we can see Asus has provided the owners with a brief overview of the cards features. Flip open the front of the box and we find an informative section with more detail of the ROG Overclocking aspects ad features. On the left side of the box we see pictures depicting the physical TweakIt voltage buttons. Also shown is the GPU Tweak software for GPU Core and Memory tuning and monitoring. Near the bottom there is a nice photo of the GPU's 19 phase power design as well as an exploded view of the Direct Copper II cooling system. Additional information on the inside flap of the retail box informs us of the graphics cards specifications. The Matrix Core is factory overclocked to 816MHz and is complemented with 1.5 Gigabytes of GDDR5 onboard memory through a wide 384bit memory bus. The GDDR5 is also overclocked and comes stock at an amazing 4.8GHz. System builders should note ASUS recommends using a 700 Watt or greater capacity power supply with two 8 pin EPS 12 Volt PCI express power connectors.

    The inside flap provides even more detailed information of the unique attributes of this card. The Matrix heatsink acts as a graphics load indicator light blue lights on the Matrix logo represent a light load while red lights represent extreme work load conditions.

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    After working our way around the box we arrive to find a beautifully crafted GPU with a larger than life feel. Behind the stylishly cut window the pinnacle of graphics cards sits perched as if it is taunting us to let it out!

    Matrix 580 Retail Box retail accessories.JPG


    Located inside the retail box is an elegantly packaged accessories kit. The accessories kit supplied by Asus includes several useful items. Included in the kit a flexiable NVIDIA SLI Cable for connecting two NVIDIA graphics cards for increased performance seen in the upper left. Below the SLI cable are two six pin to 8 pin PCI express 12 volt converters. These cables are used when an older powersupply does not contain enough 8 pin PCI express power cables to power the card.. moving to the top right we see the Graphics Card Speed Setup guide for effortless installation and configuration of your new graphics card. inside you will find quick answers to your questions about the graphics card installation, layout, features and options. Below the setup guide is the ASUS provided driver support DVD The support DVD includes ROG CPU-Z, ROG GPU-Z, GPU TweakIT as well as the required hardware drivers and software for overclocking and tweaking your system. The last two items at the bottom of the picture are a ROG sticker presumably to be installed on your computer case, the last item is an old school DVI to VGA DSUB 15 adapter. The adapter is intended to provide backwards computability to legacy LCD and CRT monitors.

    Matrix 580 Retail Box packaged card.JPG


    Enough about the retail box, its accessories and their uses! Here is what we have been waiting for! The ASUS Matrix GTX580 Platinum graphics card. Immediately I noticed the long standing tradition of the ROG red and black color scheme, from the heavy armored feel of the fan shroud to its sexy red accents and tapered edges. At the center of the card are two appropriately sized 90mm cooling fans. These fans will provide massive airflow through its enormous cooler. As if packed to survive the Armageddon the card fits snugly in its protective foam enclosure for shipping ensuring your Currier will need to go above and beyond the call of duty to damage this beast!

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    Turn the card over and we find the GPU back plate for the stabilized mounting of the cooler. The back plate also provides assistance in supporting the 11" long PCB reducing component stress by limiting board flexibility. I find this back plate to very comforting as it helps eliminate deadly accidental short circuits or physically damaged components on the back of the card. Located directly under the GPU core we see the ultra-quality NEC TOKIN proadlizers (prompt, broadband and stabilizer) This is used to reduce high-frequency noise in power supplied to the GPU core. Notice the series of holes in the back plate. These holes are intentionally placed as to allow sufficient airflow for passive cooling of the cards printed circuit board. Directly below the GPU core is the GPU's serial number, you may want to take note of serial number during installation as it may be difficult to access in a fully assembled system. On a side note this graphics card is slightly taller than the reference GTX 580 as the PCB stands taller than the I/O support bracket.

    Matrix 580 IO ports.JPG


    The I/O panel of the GTX580 Platinum is very impressive and feature rich for a graphics card. This card sports an unprecedented Safe Mode BIOS switch to be used in situations of a corrupt BIOS or when flashing the graphics card firmware results in failure. Safe Mode is very useful for Overclockers and trouble shooting in a time crunch. The Matrix has two dual-link DVI-I outputs, a full size version 1.4a HDMI output, and a full size display port for professional workstation displays. To the right of the I/O ports we see the rear thermal exhaust vent for the graphics card cooling system. Note, not all of the heat is removed through the cards I/O exhaust. The open cooler design also dissipates heat into the systems chassis.

    ASUS Matrix GTX 580 Platimum heatsink removed.JPG


    Below the primary cooling assembly we see the heart of the NVIDIA GTX 580. There are twelve 128MB Samsung DDR5 memory modules soldered to the board for a total of 1536MB of Memory, to power the memory ASUS used high quality solid-state capacitors and chokes in construction of the 4 phase Digital PWM memory power design. The Platinum also has 19 additional power Phases hidden under the secondary VRM heatsink. With the cooler removed you can really see the depth of a 3 slot wide card by looking at the PCI support bracket.

    ASUS Matrix GTX 580 Platimum heatsink.JPG


    Asus has taken it one step further with the GTX580 Platinum cooling solution, the heatsink is a remarkable blend of performance and aesthetics. The use of a five extra large heat pipes and 110 aluminum fins provides excellent cooling for the Fermi graphics chip even under extreme overclocking conditions. At the heart of the cooling system is the Direct Copper II Thermal design. The DCUII architecture uses direct heatsink to GPU Core contact of all five copper heatpipes, providing the most effective means of quickly transporting heat away from the graphics core and out to the aluminum fins to be taken away by the dual 90mm high flow PWM fans. The Direct Copper design has proven its self as a very capable cooler, demonstration over 600% increase in airflow and a 20% reduction in GPU Core temperatures compared to reference designs. I must note a large benefit of the dual 90mm fans is the noticeable reduction in noise generated by the cooler, this is apparent when idle and under full load.

    ASUS Matrix GTX 580 Platimum OC area.JPG


    The Overclocking area has several previously unseen features like the handy manual fan override. This button pushes the PWM temperature controlled fans into overdrive with a constant 100% duty cycle. Other features found include the ProbeIt read points for measuring direct voltage of the GPU Core, Memory, PLL, 3.3V rail, 12V rail via a multimeter. Located below the red fan button, the + and - buttons are used for on the fly voltage adjustment. Physical voltage adjustment is very useful for increasing or decreasing GPU Core voltage while running a benchmark or when in need of a little extra gaming juice. To the right of the TweakIt buttons are ten LED lights that display voltage status in a similar way the GPU load indicator operates, all 10 light will give a red light status indicating maximum voltage is being applied to the GPU core.



    The above picture shows us four open circuits, easily accessible and conveniently labeled. For extreme users and ideally LN2 Overclockers the shorting of these circuits by use of solder, conductive pen or variable resistor allows the card to operate with Over Current Protection disabled. Disabling OCP is needed to achieve frequencies above 1300MHz core clock. If this is not disabled the cards internal fail safes will trip and protect the card from drawing too much power under load by shutting down the card. The two center circuits are shorted to increase the GPU PLL and PCI express lane reference voltage. The very bottom circuit is a surprising and new mod for graphics cards. Power PWM Frequency refers to the switching frequency of power supplied to the graphics core. Shorting this will double the switching frequency from 250KHz to a staggering 500KHz. The higher switching frequency provides a faster reaction time for the power phases to meet the varying GPU power demand. These mods help the GPU surpass clock speeds upwards of 1600MHz or more when operated at below freezing temperatures for example with Phase change cooling systems, Dry Ice, Liquid Nitrogen, or some lucky Canadians.



    Positioned at the far back of the card are two 8pin EPS 12 volt PCI express power connectors used to supply additional 12 volt power to the graphics card for maximum graphics stability and overclocking potential. Directly behind the power connectors are two sets of LED lights. These lights display the status of the 12v auxiliary power connectors and can be helpful in troubleshooting faulty cables or connections. To the left of the 8pin plugs are the six ProbeIt voltage read points I discussed earlier.



    With the Cooling assembly removed we can clearly see the unprecedented 19 phase Power for the GPU graphics core. The Matrix Power design consists of Japaneses super alloy capacitors, Super Alloy Chokes that act as electronic filters, Drivers and Digital super alloy VRM's "Voltage Regulator Module". Above the GPUs 19 power phases is an additional 4 power phases for the GPU memory The extra power phases help with energy efficiency, power quality and overclocking potential. The reliability of the video card has been improved with lower power component and board temperatures. Look closly and you will see four gold caped white fuses, these are used to limit the total current draw of the card in order to prevent fatal damage to the VRM's and other components.



    To the upper left we see two NVIDIA SLI gold fingers or "Bridge connectors" these are used to connect multiple NVIDIA graphics cards for 3 & 4-Way SLI. The bottom of the card is home to the 164 PCI express 16 pins supporting a full bi-directional 16x graphics lane. Take a step back and gaze upon this naked card for all its beauty, admire this engineering feat of victory as ASUS engineers have bundled an unbelievable amount of performance and ingenuity into an all inclusive gift.

    The Matrix GTX 580 Platinum has renewed my joyful ROG spirit within, Bringing back the euphoric moments of my favorite ROG products. ASUS has truly outdone itself, I must thank all of the employees of ASUS for creating a product worthy of the enthusiast community!

    ASUS MATRIX GTX580 PLATINUM RESOURCES
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    MATRIX GTX580 PLATINUM : UNBOXING
    MATRIX GTX580 PLATINUM : SYSTEM BUILDING
    MATRIX GTX580 PLATINUM : OVERCLOCKING
    MATRIX GTX580 PLATINUM : EXTREME OVERCLOKING
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    ASUS GPU Tweak Overclocking software Guide: http://www.asusrog.com/forums/showth...ll=1#post30230
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    Now thats a monster card. Looking forward to future content

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    Could you check fan speed under eg Kombustor ? my two cards are stuck at 20% :p
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leeghoofd View Post
    Could you check fan speed under eg Kombustor ? my two cards are stuck at 20% :p
    yes I can check that for you. to clarify are your fans stuck at 20% even when using the red 100% fan speed button?
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    no, if you increase manually or via the Red 100% button no worries. My problem is the fan profile preset by the Asus engineers : eg if you up the load by eg Kombustor, the fan profile stays put at 20% ( as the GPU temps are not high enough to make it spin faster) Knowing the Asus card has got one of the better designed cooling solutions, but a 30-40% fan speed would bring the temps in a more greener range... without too much added noise... but that's a personal opinion I have comparing the MSI and Gainward solutions...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leeghoofd View Post
    no, if you increase manually or via the Red 100% button no worries. My problem is the fan profile preset by the Asus engineers : eg if you up the load by eg Kombustor, the fan profile stays put at 20% ( as the GPU temps are not high enough to make it spin faster) Knowing the Asus card has got one of the better designed cooling solutions, but a 30-40% fan speed would bring the temps in a more greener range... without too much added noise... but that's a personal opinion I have comparing the MSI and Gainward solutions...
    My ln2 pot doesn't have a fan - any special belgium design?!

    This card looks so clean, I wanny freeze one need to resist buying one ^^
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    Quote Originally Posted by SoF View Post
    My ln2 pot doesn't have a fan - any special belgium design?!

    This card looks so clean, I wanny freeze one need to resist buying one ^^
    Yeah. Here in Belgium we also don't talk about "Matrix" but about ",qtrix". Just a keyboard thing.

    If you use the firmware stuff, it's pretty much the easiest 580 to bench. Not that you'd be gettin higher clocks or so, but you can max out the card easier.
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    Nice GPU I will try soon with LN2

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    Can we SLI this card? I mean, how thick is it? Is it the same as the Direct Cu II?

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