Conclusion: Looking at the EVGA card first we have a model which uses a solid PCB design (taken from the GTX 680) and adds to it an enhanced cooler which was the one thing lacking from EVGAs original FTW Edition. Clearly there is another step up in terms of components which can be used but overall there are no complaints with the Signature 2 model, especially as it gets a decent little overclock at the factory.
So that brings us to the value aspect.
Conclusion: For starters there’s a small SteelSeries Diablo 3 branded mousepad, a crossfire bridge, manuals and drivers disc, Y power cable, 2 wires for connecting the card to an ASUS ROG compatible motherboard for overclocking voltage, and a slim-profile heatsink to use with LN2 cooling kits. Also a Republic of Gamers metal sticker.
Summary: The price is right for the ASUS MATRIX HD 7970 Platinum video card. The non-Platinum version MSRP has not been announced. The MATRIX HD 7970 Platinum version MSRP is set at $480. You might guess it would be a $600 video card, but ASUS has done right by keeping the price at a sane level below $500.
Summary: ASUS is launching its highest-end ASUS MATRIX HD 7970 Platinum video card today, poised to give you the best experience possible out of a Radeon HD 7970. This highly customized video card is geared directly towards the hardware enthusiast. Come see the highest overclock we've ever achieved on a 7970 GHz Edition based video card.
Excerpt: ASUS has a very rare addition to its MATRIX series offerings. MATRIX cards are always of a special build quality, including hand picked components and usually some very unique features not seen on any other card. Today we have the ASUS MATRIX HD 7970 Platinum. Let’s see what it has to offer, and can it take the top honors for performance and features. I don’t know this card can garner a perfect score.
Conclusion: The packaging is standard fare for ASUS, nothing overly flashy on the box. Inside we have a manual, driver CD which comes with the ASUS GPU Tweak utility, a HDMI to DVI and a mini-DP to DVI cable. Furthermore we have a 6-pin power cable along with a CrossFireX bridge.