Review: Asus ROG Matrix Platinum 980 Ti
I got some time to play around with the Asus ROG Matrix Platinum 980 Ti while reviewing a 4K monitor. The card certainly looks the part, arriving in a large box with the card sitting snugly in a cut-out bed of foam.
It is a massive dual-fan, dual slot monster, sitting at 30cm long. Fitting a 30cm card into a chassis can be a challenge, so make sure you have enough room. Even larger cases might need cables moved out of the way or, where possible, a modular drive bay removed to make space.
But you don’t care about all that, well not as much as raw numbers right? Let’s see what the Matrix can do.
Hmm, these numbers seem familiar right? Looking at that 980 Ti Strix I reviewed last year and wow, those numbers are really similar here. Everything except Skydiver is pretty close in these benchmarks, very similar. The Platinum sports a better cooling solution and looks pretty nice, but is that what really counts? Let’s look at how it handles gaming.
To test the card for gaming I pushed it as hard as I could. Benchmarks were run at 4K with every graphic setting turned up as high as possible. Here are the results for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor and Batman: Arkham Origins.
Playing games on full settings at 4K at 60fps isn’t there just yet, but it is mighty close. Close enough that a few tweaks in the settings can get you to a comfortable frame rate. The card stays pretty cool during action as well, sitting at a chill 45 degrees, hitting a max of 49.
Having features like a light up part on the card that changes colour under GPU load can appeal to some, but for so many the insides of the PC are hidden inside the machine. Considering the higher price and similar benchmark scores, the Matrix Platinum is in a odd place. While those fans might allow for better performance gains in overclocking without too much extra heat, out of the box the premium feeling of the card gets lost when compared to cheaper cards that offer the same grunt.