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ASUS ROG Matrix 5870 graphics card

It seems AsusTek has again created another head turner product in the PC market, can't wait to try this new graphics card once I have the chance to upgrade my PC motherboard...

Matrix 5870 uses a GPU chipset similar to the ATi HD series cards, Like all graphics adapters from the HD 5xxx series, this adapter has support for DirectX 11. It is built with 1,600 stream processors, a Cypress graphics processing unit clocked at 900 MHz, DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connectors and CrossFireX support. As already mentioned, the video card boasts no less than 2GB of GDDR5 memory. This VRAM operates at a frequency of 4900 MHz and the memory interface is of 256 bits. Compared to these specifications, the reference models have a GPU clock of 850 MHz and a memory clock of 4800 MHz.

In order to supply itself with the needed power to operate, the ASUS ROG Matrix Radeon HD 5870 is designed with two 8-pin PCI Express power connectors, as opposed to the original, which has two 6-pin plugs. In addition, in order to avoid card failure through overheating, the product is designed with not only a custom, dual-slot cooler, but also a large backplate, for a maximum heat dissipation. The cooling mechanism likely makes use of a PWM fan, although this is not explicitly mentioned.

Among the extra features of the graphics adapter are v-check points and overclocking capabilities. Fortunately, if enthusiasts ever push the clocks too high, the device boasts a special button that returns it to 'safe' clocks. Unfortunately, the card's pricing and availability are still unknown.

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