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Asus ROG Matrix GTX 980Ti Platinum Edition

Rating: 9.0.

With Christmas just around the corner, what better time to treat yourself to a new graphics card? Time to put that old card to pasture and invest in a new GTX980 ti. If you fancy something really fast and expensive then the mouth watering Asus Republic Of Gamers GTX980 Ti Platinum Edition might sate your appetite. As we would expect from an Asus flagship solution, the Matrix Platinum is a complete ‘no-compromise' design.

The Asus ROG Matrix GTX 980Ti Platinum Edition is a heavy beast – shipping with an all metal, proprietary ‘Direct CU II' cooler and custom backplate. It incorporates a 14 phase DIGI+ VRM with Super Alloy Power II components – to reduce buzzing and eliminate coil whine. If you want to break some overclocking records then you will be pleased to hear that ASUS have a LN2 mode switch on the PCB to unlock voltage and power limits. There is also a ‘Safe Mode' button to reload and recover the vBIOS and a memory defroster to help prevent cold bug issues.

GPU GeForce GTX960
Geforce GTX970 GeForce GTX980
Geforce GTX 980 Ti Geforce GTX Titan X
Streaming Multiprocessors 8 13 16 22 24
CUDA Cores 1024 1664 2048 2816 3072
Base Clock 1126 mhz 1050 mhz 1126 mhz 1000 mhz 1000 mhz
GPU Boost Clock 1178 mhz 1178 mhz 1216 mhz 1075 mhz 1076 mhz
Total Video memory 2GB 4GB 4GB 6GB 12GB
Texture Units 64 104 128 176 192
Texture fill-rate 72.1 Gigatexels/Sec 109.2 Gigatexels/Sec 144.1 Gigatexels/Sec 176 Gigatexels/Sec 192 Gigatexels/Sec
Memory Clock 7010 mhz 7000 mhz 7000 mhz 7000 mhz 7000 mhz
Memory Bandwidth 112.16 GB/sec 224 GB/s 224 GB/sec 336.5 GB/sec 336.5 GB/sec
Bus Width 128bit 256bit 256bit 384bit 384bit
ROPs 32 56 64 96 96
Manufacturing Process 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm
TDP 120 watts 145 watts 165 watts 250 watts 250 watts

The Nvidia GTX980 Ti ships with 2816 CUDA cores and 22 SM units. The memory subsystem of the GTX980 Ti consists of six 64-bit memory controllers (384-bit) with 6GB of GDDR5 memory.

The Asus ROG Matrix GTX 980Ti Platinum Edition has received a clock boost over Nvidia’s reference card, with final speeds set at 1,216mhz (core)/1,317mhz (boost). The memory is boosted from reference speeds of 1,753mhz (7Gbps effective) to 1,800 mhz (7,2Gbps effective).

For the last week we have been retesting many graphics cards with the latest AMD and Nvidia drivers and have made the switch to the 64 bit Windows 10 operating system as well. We compare the Asus ROG Matrix GTX 980Ti Platinum Edition against a plethora of high end solutions, including, but not limited to the AMD Fury X, Nvidia Titan X, Nvidia Titan Z, AMD R9 295X2, Nvidia GTX980 Ti, AMD R9 390X and AMD R9 390.

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