Dec 11, 2014 Written by: MarshallR

ASUS ROG Announces Matrix GTX 980

We teased you last week and here it is - the new Matrix GTX 980! It has already dropped a new 3DMark 11 Performance result of 28,557, setting its status as one of the world's top-performing graphics cards, and we expect there's still much more benching to come once the world's overclockers get a-hold of theirs as well!

Matrix special features include a DirectCU II cooler with CoolTech fan, unique matt-black heatpipes and real-time load reactive ROG LED you can see through your case window. Underneath, the PCB packs a memory defroster for extreme overclockers (that's what the 4-pin Molex on the end is for), and a Safe Mode button that resets everything is things go too far.

There's the usual ASUS DIGI+ VRM hardware that now powered 14 phases, with upgraded Super Alloy Power bits and 10k black-metallic capacitors that work well even when sub-zero. Extreme overclockers who hardware unlock the card have plenty of power overhead to dive into.

The Matrix GTX 980 by the numbers:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 GPU
  • Video memory: 4GB GDDR5
  • GPU boost clock: 1342MHz
  • GPU base clock: 1241MHz
  • GDDR5 Memory clock: 7010MHz (effective)
  • Memory interface: 256-bit
  • DVI output: 1 x Native Dual-link DVI-I
  • HDMI output: 1 x Native HDMI 2.0
  • DisplayPort: 3 x Native DisplayPort
  • Adapters/cables bundled: 1 x Power Cable, 1 x ROG Metal Sticker
  • Software bundled: ASUS utilities and driver
  • ROG Edition GPU Tweak
  • Dimensions: 11.7 x 6 x 1.6in

For the full details hit the PR button below the pics.

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Press Release

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Matrix GTX 980

Taipei, Taiwan (10th December, 2014) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Matrix GTX 980, an ultimate enthusiast gaming graphics card that achieves breathtaking performance with the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980 graphics-processing unit (GPU).

ROG Matrix GTX 980 builds on the renowned and highly-trusted ROG Matrix legacy as the coolest, quietest and most readily-overclocked gaming graphics cards available. ROG Matrix GTX 980 achieved a phenomenal score of 28557 on the 3DMark® 11 Performance benchmark test, earning it a coveted spot among the world's top-performing graphics cards. With support for next-generation 4K/UHD (ultra-high-definition) gaming resolutions of up to 4096 x 2160 pixels, the card delivers incredible gaming experiences today and far into the future.

ROG Matrix GTX 980 employs DirectCU II cooling and CoolTech fan technologies along with the Memory Defroster feature to create the perfect balance between spectacular power and out-of-the-box simplicity — all dressed up in the seductive ROG wardrobe.


Hand-picked quality for breathtaking performance

ROG Matrix GTX 980 benefits from hand-chosen cores to deliver truly impressive clock speeds of 1342MHz (boosted), an incredible 126MHz faster than reference designs.

For serious gamers, this incredible speed significantly boosts performance by up to 13% for super-smooth frame rates in even the most demanding games. With 4GB of high-speed GDDR5 video memory on board, ROG Matrix GTX 980 enables gamers to enjoy very high resolutions and detail levels.


Engineered for extreme user-friendly tuning and overclocking

ROG Matrix GTX 980 is packed with advanced and exclusive hardware and software features designed to make overclocking as simple and safe as possible.

Memory Defroster is a feature designed to excite extreme overclockers. This clever technology quickly defrosts the graphics card’s memory during below-zero overclocking to ensure sustained stability. Extreme overclockers will also appreciate the liquid-nitrogen (LN2) jumper switch as it enables even more overvolting options, allowing the most adventurous users to unleash maximum greater power from their graphics cards.

ROG Matrix GTX 980 has a Safe Mode that allows users to overclock with complete confidence, as a single button push will restore default BIOS settings instantly.

To support stable overclocking, ROG Matrix GTX 980 is also equipped with exclusive Digi+ voltage-regulation modules (VRMs) with Super Alloy Power technology. The Digi+ VRM delivers 14-phase power and digital voltage regulation, while Super Alloy Power’s Japanese-made 10k black-metallic capacitors and extremely-efficient MOSFETs withstand much greater stress and heat due to the application of specially-formulated materials.

The combination of Digi+ VRM and super-strength Super Alloy Power components means that ROG Matrix GTX 980 is forged for high-load performance and extreme overclocking without annoying whines and buzzing noises. Hardcore overclockers can enjoy plenty of headroom for experimental performance tuning without creating gameplay distractions.


Coolest of the cool and finished with renowned ROG panache

ROG Matrix GTX 980 comes equipped with DirectCU II and CoolTech fan technology to keep the card ultra-cool at all times.

DirectCU is an innovative thermal technology exclusive to ASUS graphics cards. It puts highly-conductive 10mm copper cooling pipes in direct contact with a card’s GPU, so heat is dissipated quickly and with extreme efficiency. ROG Matrix GTX 980 has a heat-sink finished in a stunning matte black, making the card look great as it is kept cool.

ROG Matrix GTX 980 also features CoolTech fan technology. Employing a hybrid blade and bearing design, with inner radial blower and outer flower-type blades to provide multi-directional airflow that accelerates heat removal, the fan ensures high-end graphics performance that is highly stable. In addition to providing advanced cooling performance, the fan also is incredibly quiet due to the carefully-tuned, noise-minimizing ramp. With CoolTech fan technology, ROG Matrix GTX 980 delivers up to 25% (11°C) cooler and 3-times (8dB) quieter performance than reference designs.

For a final dash of style packed with substance, ROG Matrix GTX 980 features a gorgeous color-coded LED that shines brightly and changes shades to reflect the GPU’s load level, providing a useful visual guide for both casual and hardcore gamers.


Safe and intuitive software overclocking and sharing with GPU Tweak

ROG Matrix GTX 980 includes GPU Tweak, an easy-to-use utility that gives users intuitive control over GPU and video-memory clock speeds and voltages, cooling-fan speeds and power-consumption thresholds, so they can overclock easily and with high confidence.

The exclusive ROG edition of GPU Tweak adds detailed GPU load-line calibration and VRM-frequency tuning, allowing incredibly fine control over multiple parameters for maximum overclocking and the potential to break world records. Additionally, the GPU Tweak Streaming tool lets users share on-screen action over the internet in real time, so others can watch live as games are played. It is even possible to add a title to the streaming window along with scrolling text, pictures, and webcam images.



ASUS ROG Matrix GTX 980 will be available from December worldwide. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.




Model name


Graphics engine

NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 980

Bus standard

PCI Express® 3.0


OpenGL 4.4

Video memory


GPU boost clock


GPU base clock


Memory clock

7010MHz (GDDR5)

Memory interface


Digital max resolution

4096 X 2160

DVI output

1 x Native Dual-link DVI-I

HDMI output

1 x Native HDMI 2.0

HDCP compliant



3 x Native DisplayPort

Adapters/cables bundled

1 x Power Cable, 1 x  ROG Metal Sticker

Software bundled

ASUS utilities and driver

GPU Tweak


11.7 x 6 x 1.6in


[1]   Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.




About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2013 was approximately US$14 billion.


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