ASUS GeForce GTX 285 Matrix
The ASUS GTX 285 Matrix is a rather interesting animal as we’ve seen today. As part of the Republic of Gamer lineup, it is by definition an extreme product. The included accessories are extensive as we’ve come to expect from the RoG series, and hardware features are extreme with an aggressive design style, a cooler than keeps temperatures lower than the reference card, a safe mode button to prevent catastrophy during flashing episodes, unique lighting effects that are especially extreme, and quality components that knock the socks off the stock Nvidia card.
In terms of software, ASUS has brought features to the table that are virtually unheard of, such as memory timings tweaks that can be done in conjunction with voltage adjustments as well, allowing users to overclock the snot out of this card. This works hand-in-hand with the beefed-up hardware components that can handle the extra punishment, maintaining better voltage regulation and lower temperatures. The iTracker2 software is very robust and the interface is a significant improvement from the Smart Doctor utility.
And in terms of performance, the GTX 285 Matrix really isn’t much faster at all compared to the reference card, so it barely sports any overclocking out of the box. But the features noted will let you push the envelope, so presumably if you purchase this card then you are someone who loves tweaking and pushing things. The ASUS GTX 285 Matrix is the fastest single-GPU Nvidia card on the market, posting excellent performance results across the board. Second only to the dual-GPU GTX 295, this ASUS card is a folder monster as well, and is a great choice if you prefer Nvidia cards for gaming.
There are a couple flies in the ointment here, however. The first is that the GTX 285 Matrix cannot withstand the onslaught of ATI’s 5000 series cards that are DX11-capable. As we saw in the performance charts, the ASUS Radeon EAH5870 is a juggernaut, handily beating any Nvidia card in every single battle. However, availability of the 5870 is scarce, and you pay a premium for that performance as well. The Matrix has been out for a little while now, and is priced better, although availability is starting to become hit-and-miss as well. This is likely due to the anticipated launch of Nvidia’s next-gen G300 cards.
This leads to the second issue, as the launch schedule of Nvidia’s upcoming Fermi-based lineup has not been confirmed at this point. If rumors are to be believed, it is still a way off, which begs the question: to wait, or not to wait? If you are the impatient type, then jump on the ASUS GTX 285 Matrix now and you will have a very capable card on your hands that will produce great gaming and Folding performance. If you have the patience of the Dalai Lama, you can hope and wait for the next-gen Nvidia cards. Or if you really don’t want to take a leap of faith, then you could buy an ASUS Radeon EAH5870 Voltage Tweak Edition with the confidence that it’ll kick ass in the here and now.
There is no right answer, only one that is right for your situation, so you need to weigh the options and determine your best course of action. The ASUS Radeon GTX 285 Matrix is an impressive card in just about every facet, and very worthy of serious consideration, particularly if you want to go the Nvidia route and appreciate a quality product.
ASUS GeForce GTX 285 Matrix
Our thanks go to ASUS for providing the GeForce GTX 285 Matrix for this review.