ASUS’s ROG series of products aspire to please the demanding gamer, and the latest GTX 580 based graphics accelerator from its stable appears to be bred to do just that. ASUS has redesigned the PCB from ground-up and combined that with 19-phase ‘Super Alloy Power technology’ to expand the cards over-clocking abilities.
This card gets 1.5 GB of VRAM clocked at 4.8GHZ (GDDR5) and the graphics engine is clocked at 816GHz. Keeping all of this under acceptable temperature is the DirectCU II thermal technology with sound-dampened dual fans and copper heat pipes that are in direct contact with the GPU. ASUS claims that all of these technologies combine to give 15% performance boost, 2.5X longer lifespan and 35°C cooler operation than the reference card design. The card is equipped with a color changing LED that reports GPU load in real-time, and a Safe Mode button that restores the card to its fail-safe setting. Bundled software includes TweakIt and ProbeIt to adjust and measure engine and memory clock speeds. Additionally, the Live Update software keeps the card updated with latest version of firmware and drivers. The card has two dual-link DVI inputs, HDCP complaint HDMI port and also a single DisplayPort.
The ASUS ROG Matrix GTX 580 is retailing for Rs. 32, 435, plus taxes and carries a three-year warranty.