ASUS Matrix Radeon HD 7970 Platinum Review
Test System and Unigine Heaven v3
How We Configured Our Test Systems: We tested the graphics cards in this article on an Asus P9X79 Deluxe motherboard powered by a Core i7-3960X six-core processor and 16GB of G.SKILL DDR3-1866 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system UEFI and set all values to their "optimized" or "high performance" default settings and disabled any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The memory's X.M.P. profile was enabled to ensure better-than-stock performance and the hard drive was then formatted and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the installation was complete we fully updated the OS and installed the latest DirectX redist, along with the drivers, games, and benchmark tools necessary to complete our tests.
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX April 2011 Redist
AMD Catalyst v12.11B
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers v370.10
Unigine Heaven v3
Batman: Arkham City
Alien vs. Predator
|Unigine's Heaven Benchmark v3.0 is built around the Unigine game engine. Unigine is a cross-platform, real-time 3D engine, with support for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL. The Heaven benchmark--when run in DX11 mode--also makes comprehensive use of tessellation technology and advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion) It also features volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm and a dynamic sky with light scattering.
Its higher base and boost GPU clocks give the ASUS ROG Matrix 7970 Platinum a marked advantage over the reference Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition in the Unigine Heaven benchmark, and allow it to pull up right alongside the GeForce GTX 680. The factory overclocked GTX 680, however, was still the fastest overall in this particular test.