ASUS Radeon R9 290X Matrix Platinum Review

Published by Hiwa Pouri on 18.03.14
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ROG MATRIX R9 290X Platinum Edition, this is the name of ASUS latest AMD based flagship graphics card. Equipped with an armada of features, equally interesting for gamers as well as overclockers, ASUS is fighting to win gamers as well as overclockers hearts with this card. Other than that there is the very latest version of ASUS' powerful and strikingly good looking DirectCU II cooler. Overall we're really curious now to find out what this thing is capable of and what new features there are.

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Earlier this month, ASUS has officially announced two new members of its Republic of Gamers MATRIX graphics card lineup and, in addition to the ROG MATRIX GTX 780 Ti, ASUS has decided to also announce the new ROG MATRIX R9 290X Platinum Edition graphics card which we have a chance to check out in our review today.

The ASUS ROG MATRIX R9 290X is equipped with AMD's famous 28nm Hawaii GPU which features 6.2 billion transistors, 2816 Stream Processors, 176 TMUs and 64 ROPs as well as 4GB of GDDR5 memory paired up with a 512-bit memory interface. As you can see from the GPU-Z screen below, ASUS has decided to keep the GPU at its reference 1050MHz but we are quite sure that it will be able to sustain that clock much better than the reference cooled version, mostly thanks to its custom cooler on top of the GPU, which we will talk about a bit later. The 4GB of GDDR5 memory also remained at reference 1350MHz (5400MHz effective).


ASUS Radeon R9 290X Matrix Platinum Radeon R9 290X Radeon R9 280X
Chip Hawaii XT Hawaii XT Tahiti XT2/L
Process 28 nm 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 6.20 billion 6.20 billion 4.31 billion
GPU clock 1'050 MHz up to 1'000 MHz 1'000 MHz
Memory GDDR5 4'096 MB 4'096 MB 3'072 MB
Memory clock 1'350 (5'400) MHz 1'250 (5'000) MHz 1'500 (6'000) MHz
Memory interface 512 Bit 512 Bit 384 Bit
Memory bandwidth 345.6 GB/s 320.0 GB/s 288 GB/s
Shader Cores 2'816 2'816 2'048
TMUs 176 176 128
ROPs 64 64 32
PCB Type Custom Design Reference Design Reference Design
Slots 2 2 2
Cooler DirectCU II AMD Reference AMD Reference

Page 1 - Presentation / Specifications Page 11 - DIRT Showdown
Page 2 - The card Page 12 - Far Cry 3
Page 3 - Photo Gallery / Delivery Page 13 - Sleeping Dogs
Page 4 - Test Setup Page 14 - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Page 5 - 3DMark Fire Strike Page 15 - Metro: Last Light
Page 6 - Unigine Heaven 4.0 Page 16 - GTA V
Page 7 - BattleField 3 Page 17 - Power Consumption
Page 8 - Bioshock Infinite Page 18 - Temperatures / Noise levels
Page 9 - Crysis 3 Page 19 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 10 - Call of Duty Black Ops 2 Page 20 - Conclusion

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