Preview: ASUS MATRIX GTX580 – Better than DirectCUII?

The Matrix GTX 580 looks bad-ass, there's no way around that. According to insiders, the GPUs on the card are destined to be golden samples. The problem, however, seems to be ... software.

I'm not entirely sure about the strategy here. Oh well, maybe the software will be available in public in the next couple of days. Let's hope!

The GTX 580 MATRIX on the other hand, doesn’t have a publicly available tool that allows you to move past the 1.15V (or 1.25V or so if you use the vGPU buttons on the board) limitation set by ASUS through the BIOS. We got it from a reliable source at ASUS that the BIOS or tool that would allow higher voltages would never be made public or made available to anyone but very select overclockers (probably deemed so by ASUS). The Question, is then, are only those select members going to buy this card? Who exactly is this card for when the average buyer would do better with another overclocked card either from GIGABYTE, MSI, EVGA or any other manufacturer for that matter.

So this card is technically as perfect as a GTX580 can be, but practically no better than the card ASUS took out before and less in many ways because unlike the DCUII, if you’re not an ASUS VIP of sorts, forget about getting any useful sub zero performance out of it. Let’s see if this situation changes before our full review but as it stands you’d be mistaken to pick this over the Fantastic ASUS GTX580 DirectCUII


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Belgium Massman says:

Pity the hacking software is not available in public. Maybe in the next few days it'll pop online somewhere :)

Otherwise, the card does look bad-ass :D

Denmark MACY overclocking says:

People have done VID mods already! Then you can control it from for example 1.4-1.5V instead

Next problems is looking for vmem mods

Belgium Massman says:

Link?

Czech Republic OBR says:

Here is my complete review, in Czech, but pics dont need a translation> http://pctuning.tyden.cz/hardware/graficke-karty/21272-asus-r-o-g-gtx-580-matrix-platinum-excelentni-chlazeni

TaPaKaH says:




lol at the marketing chart :D

Belgium Massman says:

It's confidential !!

Denmark MACY overclocking says:

Here you go:
http://kingpincooling.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1272
http://kingpincooling.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1274

Canada Vinster says:

Looks nice

United States xxbassplayerxx says:

Ugh... Asus at it again. It's a good thing I don't have to be "special" to give more than 1.5V on my RIIIE. Let me go buy an Xpander. owait.

Finland SF3D says:

You can do basic vmods (fb pin mod) to card and you will still be able to get more V with + and - buttons. Then you can use either matrix or DCII cold slow bios and card will work normally. Hack software is just for the iROG chip and that way you can enable higher stock voltage etc, but that is not needed. I like the old way, so I have vmodded mine totally.

Belgium Massman says:

Cool !

No sign of OVP/OCP ?

Finland SF3D says:

See the mods here: http://hwbot.org/forum/showpost.php?p=118308&postcount=12 You just need to disable OCP from the spots behind PCB and there is no OCP or OVP.

United States Bingo13 says:

I love how the usage of a 'reliable source" is the basis for an unfounded rumor in an article. And then of course I am sure the source cannot be named but must have been mistaken in this case. If somebody wants to know, just ask instead of making it up,err quoting a "reliable source" that appears not to be so reliable. :)

The initial LN2 only firmware tools for static voltage increases on the core, memory and PLL will be released. The plan for the North American market has been to do this at Formula X where the cards will be shown in live competition. Other OC tools will be available as GPU Tweak is updated that allows additional increases above the driver/button/tweak limits or you can do the DCII CB mod rather quickly although I am not so sure how the warranty guys will view it. ;)

Belgium Massman says:

Cool !

United States Hondacity says:

oh oh i'll see bingo13 oc :D

United States SteveRo says:

SF3D said: You can do basic vmods (fb pin mod) to card and you will still be able to get more V with + and - buttons.
Then you can use either matrix or DCII cold slow bios and card will work normally.
Hack software is just for the iROG chip and that way you can enable higher stock voltage etc, but that is not needed.

I like the old way, so I have vmodded mine totally.


So w/o mods what is the max gpuv you can put into the card?
Sounds like the cold slow bios doesn't help with gpuv?
So w/o mods are we still stuck at 1.25v or can we get more somehow?
Sounds like AB will not work with this card?

Belgium Massman says:

Bingo13 said: The initial LN2 only firmware tools for static voltage increases on the core, memory and PLL will be released. The plan for the North American market has been to do this at Formula X where the cards will be shown in live competition.


Formula X is sooo last week.

United States BenchZowner says:

Who's going to leak the sw ? Maybe I should :p

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