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Asus Matrix GTX285 Review

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yakyb 4th September 2009, 16:27 Quote
inb4 "I won one of these Last Week!!!"



Looks like a very nice card however i'm still glad i picked up the phenom board
Omnituens 4th September 2009, 16:29 Quote
"I won one of these Last Week!!!" :P

I was robbed. I hate Grid. :P

I'm still yet to fit mine - sorting out a new motherboard and OS this weekend, then I will test old cards vs this shiny shiny one.
andrew8200m 4th September 2009, 16:31 Quote
I won one of these too... smashing cards... seems a waste to use it for "physx" mind as I have 2x 295s tootling along already...

Andy
Jack_Pepsi 4th September 2009, 16:38 Quote
I'm with you Omnituens, I have yet to fit and test mine. I've been so bogged down at work, when I come home I just don't have the energy to get my geek on. I'll wait for the weekend after my BF2 session & so that the other half can help. She'll be so freaking jealous, but she'll learn a lot.

:)
Combatus 4th September 2009, 17:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by yakyb
inb4 "I won one of these Last Week!!!"



Looks like a very nice card however i'm still glad i picked up the phenom board

Lucky git. I could have played with out one all week! Sooooo many things to tweak and you really see the benefits too :)
bodkin 4th September 2009, 17:14 Quote
Had mine in for a few days now, great card. Much better than the reference nvidia designs. The itracker program is great!
Jack_Pepsi 4th September 2009, 17:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by bodkin
Had mine in for a few days now, great card. Much better than the reference nvidia designs. The itracker program is great!

That's what I'm looking forward to the most - no more RivaTuner! Not that RivaTuner is bad program far from it.
kosch 4th September 2009, 17:24 Quote
I won one too woot!

Loving this card so far.

It runs alot cooler than my Inno3D GTX 275 OC Edition when overclocking although the fan is a slightly higher pitch which is quite annoying.

I'll post some OC speeds when I get back from work.
Mister_Tad 4th September 2009, 17:32 Quote
I won one of these last week too!

But I swapped it for a 785G board /hides
Omnituens 4th September 2009, 17:42 Quote
You gave Tom one of them didn't you?

Damn you, you NEVER assist Tom, it the last thing we all need! :P
Fredrics 4th September 2009, 18:12 Quote
How did you all win one?
Sifter3000 4th September 2009, 18:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fredrics
How did you all win one?

http://www.bit-tech.net/blog/tag/xtreme-global-summit/
Baz 4th September 2009, 18:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Fredrics
How did you all win one?

They were winners in the Asus Xtreme Global Summit, got to come to London to meet us bit-tech and CPC chaps, play some games and overclock some i7 systems.
[PUNK] crompers 4th September 2009, 19:51 Quote
looks like a nice card £50 over ref tho? a lot
thehippoz 4th September 2009, 19:58 Quote
pretty insane shader clock
Kovoet 4th September 2009, 20:32 Quote
For the price though and with a 22 widescreen think I'll stick to my ATI4890. Don't get me wrong I love nvidia cards but the prices are mad
Panos 4th September 2009, 21:24 Quote
Must agree with Kovoet. For that money we get 2 4890s!!!
Skiddywinks 4th September 2009, 21:33 Quote
I have had a fiddle with the iTracker program, but would still prefer rivatuner. Although, getting to tweak the RAM tinings is cool.

Shame I can't get rivatuner to allow me to overclock this thing :(

So does anyone know of any waterblocks that fit this? Preferably full cover. If not, a GPU block will be fine, with some RAMsinks.
Combatus 4th September 2009, 21:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
I have had a fiddle with the iTracker program, but would still prefer rivatuner. Although, getting to tweak the RAM tinings is cool.

Shame I can't get rivatuner to allow me to overclock this thing :(

So does anyone know of any waterblocks that fit this? Preferably full cover. If not, a GPU block will be fine, with some RAMsinks.

I think most will tbh. Looking at the underside of the EK FC285 GTX full cover block, the worst that can happen is the need to remove the mosfet plate from the main block and use some heatsinks. Looking at a reference PCB and the Matrix PCB, they look very similar actually.
Omnituens 5th September 2009, 23:41 Quote
Hm, just got round to installing mine.... not impressed so far. It's making a very, VERY loud whine like something is caught in the fan (which is isn't, the fan is not the cause of the noice).

Performance is also lacking, I'm noticing FPS drops where my GTX's were not even batting an eyelid.
Elton 6th September 2009, 00:06 Quote
Well it was 2x 8800GTXes.
Omnituens 6th September 2009, 02:27 Quote
I'm talking FPS drops in the Unreal 2.5 engine here - this card should be blitzing it yet the FPS is just crapping out. Latest drivers, brand spanking new OS install.

Going to get some benchmarking done - compare the 2 8800 GTX's to this one card. And at the moment the GTX's are winning because they don't whine like crazy under load.
Elton 6th September 2009, 02:28 Quote
Oh, well then....

Don't look at me..Burn the witch.
Omnituens 6th September 2009, 12:25 Quote
Is the Crysis benchmark that bit-tech use publicly available? I've now got the game installed, but I've not used this particular game for benchmarking.
Skiddywinks 6th September 2009, 14:47 Quote
For the people talking about FPS drops and low performance, have you had rivatuner monitoring in the background? I was playing DoW2 the other day (another great freebie!), and my frames suddenly went drastically down hill. I exited the game, and checked riva, and it said the card had dropped down to 2D clocks before I had even left the game, suggesting the drop was due to the switching over to 2D clocks.

I have also noticed the card varying between 2D and 3D clocks when I am only using the desktop.

As for the whining, you get that with a lot of cards. My 4870X2 does it. However, this card is in a league of it's own. The fan works so well and is rather quiet. The whine is easily much louder than the fan though.
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