An icon returns: Introducing the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090

May 30, 2023 Written by:ROG Article

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Every so often, we’re able to break entirely new ground with a graphics card, redefining what’s possible at the bleeding edge of technology. And those cards get a special designation: ROG Matrix. Starting with the ROG Matrix GeForce 9600GT and 9800GT, and most recently the ROG Matrix GeForce 2080 Ti, this legendary lineup has always been the absolute pinnacle of enthusiast gaming performance. Today we’re proud to announce the arrival of the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090, the world’s fastest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090. 

The pinnacle of gaming power

No reason to beat around the bush: the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 has the highest boost clocks of any RTX 4090 on the planet. Featuring a custom-engineered coldplate that captures heat not only from the RTX 4090 GPU die, but also the VRMs and memory chips, this card has even more headroom to push its clocks higher, for longer, allowing us to bin only the absolute best dies for this showpiece graphics card. In addition, the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 features an ROG first: liquid metal thermal compound on a graphics card.  

You can learn more about liquid metal here, but here’s the short version: Liquid metal is an incredible thermal interface material, producing much lower temperatures when compared head-to-head with traditional thermal pastes. It does, however, have one significant challenge: it’s electrically conductive. When applied improperly, it has a chance to make contact with exposed components and risk a short circuit. But building on years of expertise with liquid metal in the ROG laptop division, we have a patented production process that can safely harness the power of liquid metal while still allowing for vertical GPU mounting.  

By applying a UV resin above the surface-mounted capacitors that border the GPU die, and then adding two additional protective layers between the die and the main PCB, we ensured that the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 exploits the incredible thermal transfer inherent to liquid metal with no risk of leakage.  

Heavy metal

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Liquid metal is magical, but it's just one element of the full solution that the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 uses to keep temperatures and noise levels low. Enter a custom, extra-thick 360mm radiator, backed up by a trio of ROG MF-12S ARGB fans. These daisy-chainable fans snap together with a magnetic connector that links the fans and transmits control signals and power. Installation and cable management will be a breeze since you’ll only need one cable for all three fans, and you’ll end up with effortlessly synchronized ARGB lighting effects, too. With high-static pressure and airflow, these fans spin at less than 1000 RPM to keep the GPU operating at just 60°C under its 450W TGP. Never compromise on power, performance, or acoustics ever again. 

Most AIO liquid cooled GPUs require a small fan on the card itself to keep surface mounted components cool, in addition to the fans mounted to the radiator that keep the GPU heat itself under control. The custom full-coverage coldplate on the ROG Matrix RTX 4090, however, eliminates the need for an auxiliary fan, as it makes contact with all of the heat producing components on the PCB, allowing the radiator to cool the entire card on its own. A customized and more powerful pump feeds the radiator with more coolant than any of our previous designs, keeping the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 running at peak efficiency at all times. 

Stunning from every angle

The ROG Matrix RTX 4090 features an incredibly bold and modern design to spotlight the GPU frame and housing. Sporting our first use of indirect Aura Lighting, the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 also boasts a “hollow” chamber, with the main coldplate, PCB, and pump shroud protected by a larger aluminum body. Bold ROG branding adorns the frame, with lightbars in the central cavity and on the top of the card. A stainless steel backplate keeps the card secure whether you prefer to mount traditionally or vertically to showcase its true beauty. The ROG Matrix RTX 4090 sports a single 12VHPWR cable, and the fan power cable is hidden in the main cooling tubes, ensuring that cable management is a breeze. 

Custom GPU Tweak III software

The ROG Matrix RTX 4090 doesn’t just feature one-of-a-kind hardware, but also supports custom-built software features. Most GPUs will feature a temperature sensor on the GPU die and also have one on the memory, allowing for a basic look at the heat of your system. We went above and beyond with additional sensors across the VRMs, chokes, and power input circuity. That data feeds into the new Thermal Map feature of our GPU Tweak III software to give you a detailed breakdown of how your card is performing in real time. This utility also supports Power Detector+, a feature that allows the card to detect any anomalies across any of the six power pins from the 12VHPWR cable. If a fault is detected and you need to reseat the power cable, you’ll know immediately. The ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 also features a new Mileage feature, which tracks card use at different power levels, letting you keep an eye on what kind of load you’ve used the card for, across multiple game sessions. 

As a flagship card, the ROG Matrix RTX 4090 features a Dual BIOS switch, allowing you to seamlessly switch between Quiet and Performance modes. Produced with our Auto Extreme manufacturing process, the entire PCB is soldered in a single, fully automated pass, reducing costs and eliminating the need for harsh cleaning chemicals in between solder passes. The ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 is built with the highest quality components, ensuring peak performance for the life of the card. 

This is a limited-edition card, available for sale in Q3. For more information on how and where to get your hands on one of these amazing, chart-topping works of art, please contact your local ASUS representative.