Whenever a new graphic card gets announced, we gamers patiently wait for high-end manufacturers to launch the ultimate version for extreme overclocking. Courtesy of our friends at ASUS Middle East, today, we have the powerful and awesome looking ASUS ROG Matrix GTX 980 Ti
Design and Ports
Unveiled back at the IFA 2015 event, the ROG Matrix GTX 980 Ti is currently ASUS’s
For overclocking, ASUS has included the One-press Safe mode button to restore the card back to its default factory settings, if by chance anything you would have gone wrong with the overclocking trails
For those who wants to go crazy with extreme sub-zero level overclocking, ASUS has integrated the Memory Defroster switch next to the Safe Mode button. ASUS claims that with a simple flip, the card will be defrosted instantly. However, we weren’t able to see how effective was the Memory Defroster because we don't have the equipment to freeze components in our office.
Looking forward, the ASUS ROG Matrix GTX 980 Ti sports one HDMI 2.0, three Display Ports, and one DVI-I port. The card requires 8+8 power connectors
ASUS has featured the Matrix GTX 980 Ti with a sleek and stylish wing-blade fan design which supposedly improves the air flow and increase air pressure by 105%. ASUS has also implemented the new 10mm copper built heat pipes, which results in 30% cooler performances. During our benchmark tests, ASUS GPU Tweak II software reported a maximum temperature of 57 degrees with the fans at 100% speed
Chipset and Testbed
The Maxwell GPU on the ASUS ROG Matrix is factory overclocked to 1190 MHz speed on base mode, and 1291 MHz boost speed. While triggering OC Mode on ASUS GPU Tweak II, the GPU base speed is set to 1216 MHz, and 1317 MHz boost clock. The memory clock speed for the 6GB GDDR5 is set to 7200 MHz default.
We tested the ASUS Matrix on an MSI branded Z77A-GD80 motherboard with an Intel i7-3770K processor, two modules of 4GB GSkil RipJaws DDR3 RAM, and a 240GB Kingston Hyper X that ran Windows 10 OS.
Our tests include 3D Mark FireStrike series tests, and our favorite game titles such as Tomb Raider, BioShock Infinite, Metro Last Light, GTA 5, Batman: Arkham Knight, Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordar, Crysis 3, Call of Duty Black Ops 3, and Star Wars: Battlefront. All the settings were maxed out, and tested on both 1080p and 4K resolutions.