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ASUS MATRIX GTX 580 Platinum Review

GPU Tweak

With the launch of the MATRIX GTX 580, ASUS has also released a new GPU overclocking tool.

GPU Tweak is a nifty utility which combines several function. It allows setting of clockspeeds and voltages as well as monitoring functions. On the GTX 580, the core voltage, PEX_VDD and memory voltage can be changed. GPU Tweak also allows modification of video memory timings.

Interestingly, GPU Tweak allows separate control of both fans on the MATRIX GTX 580.

GPU Tweak is decent enough in terms of user-friendliness. It even works on other (non-ASUS) graphics cards, though voltage controls may not be available. Our only gripe is that some of the text is not skinned properly, making it difficult to read. An example of this is in the memory timings dialog, shown above.

Fortunately, ASUS has promised future updates and improvements to GPU Tweak, such as 720p video recording. A live update function lets you check for the latest version.

Test Setup

Processor Intel Core i7-970 @ 4.0GHz
Motherboard Asus Rampage III Gene
RAM 3 x 2GB DDR3-1600 (8-8-8-24 1T)
Storage Western Digital Velociraptor 150GB
Power Supply Cooler Master Silent Pro 1000W
Operating System Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1
Drivers NVIDIA GeForce: 270.61
AMD Catalyst: 11.5
Graphics Cards ASUS MATRIX GTX 580 Platinum 1.5GB
ASUS DirectCu II GTX 580 1.5GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 460 768MB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 550 Ti 1GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 1GB
Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1GB
AMD Radeon HD 5850 1GB
AMD Radeon HD 5870 1GB
AMD Radeon HD 5770/6770 1GB
AMD Radeon HD 6790 1GB
AMD Radeon HD 6970 2GB

We will be testing the ASUS MATRIX GTX 580 Platinum and ASUS DirectCu II GTX 580 at factory settings along with other graphics cards for comparison. The following benchmarks will be used:

  1. 3DMark 11
  2. 3DMark Vantage
  3. Resident Evil 5
  4. Lost Planet 2
  5. Alien vs Predator
  6. S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Call of Pripyat
  7. DOW

Each benchmark was run three times and the average result was taken.

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