We knew ASUS R9 280X Matrix cards were coming from ASUS as the card was pictured last week. ASUS actually has two R9 280X Matrix cards. There is the Platinum Edition and the Standard Edition. Both of these cards are powered by the latest AMD Radeon R9 280X GPU.
ASUS’s Republic of Gamers Matrix graphics card have many ASUS exclusive features that you will not find on any other graphics cards. Starting off with the cooler, which is copper based. Compared to reference versions this cooler can run up to 20% cooler and three times quieter. The cooler features dual 100 mm cooling fans.
The Matrix cards feature VGA hotwire technology that allows users to connect the cards to header connections on their motherboard to overvolt the card for overclocking. This can be done through ASUS’s TweakIt utility. There is also an overclocking “safe mode” that can be used to quickly restore the default settings.
Aiding in overclocking is ASUS’s DIGI+ VRM with Super Alloy Power technology. Super Alloy Power components include concrete-core chokes and hardened MOSFETs. The DIGI+ VRM features a 20-phase power and digital voltage regulation for more stable power delivery.
The R9 280X Platinum has a boost clock up to 1100 MHz and the 3 GB of GDDR5 memory is running at 6400 MHz (effective). The Matrix R9 280X Standard Edition is a little slower with a boost clock up to 1000 MHz and the memory at 6000 MHz (effective).
Both cards will be available worldwide on October 11th.