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ASUS Matrix GTX 980 Ti Graphics Card

ASUS Matrix GTX 980 Ti Graphics Card

Bold Overclocking

9.0
Recommended

The Good

  • Single click VBIOS reset
  • Memory Defroster
  • Great design
  • Fast performance
  • Better OC Stability

The Bad

  • Very Expensive
  • Similar performance as other ASUS GTX 980 Ti models
9.0 Design
9.0 Features
9.0 Performance
8.5 Value

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 highest-end single GPU graphic card that’s meant to cope with all the overclocking needs of a gaming enthusiast. The card already features the DIGI+ voltage regulators, and the Super Alloy Power II’s black metallic capacitors and MOSFETs to help for greater stability and durability that we are aware of.


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. Think of it as a Clear CMOS button for your graphics card.


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 RaiderBioShock InfiniteMetro Last LightGTA 5Batman: Arkham KnightMiddle Earth: Shadow of MordarCrysis 3Call of Duty Black Ops 3, and Star Wars: Battlefront. All the settings were maxed out, and tested on both 1080p and 4K resolutions.

Tbreak Staff

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For serious gamers Matrix's renowned and highly-trusted legacy as the coolest, quietest and smoothest graphics cards available create the perfect balance between spectacular power and out-of-the-box simplicity. Treat yourself to the winning edge — all dressed up in the seductive ROG wardrobe.

Name ASUS Matrix GTX 980 Ti Graphics Card
Size 2 Slots
GPU Family NVIDIA GeForce GTX 900 Series
GPU Model NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 TI
Number of Cores 2816 CUDA
Core Clock 1317 MHZ
Memory Speed GDDR5 7200 MHz
GPU RAM 6 GB
Ports 1 x DVI-I, 1 x HDMI, 3 x DisplayPort
Power 8+8 pin
Other DirectCU II with 10mm heatpipe, AUTO-EXTREME Technology, DIGI+ VRM with black metallic capacitors and 14-phase Super Alloy Power II, Memory Defroster, Safe Mode, ROG Color-coded Load Indicator

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