Asus ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 Liquid-Cooled Graphics Card Unleashed

At COMPUTEX 2023, Asus recently revealed and showcased a brand name we haven’t heard of for years. Meet the Asus ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 graphics card. The last Matrix card was the RTX 2080 Ti, a big chunky card with its radiator built into the graphics card. This time, the new ROG Matrix RTX 4090 features a unique and elegant-looking design with a 360mm radiator. It features a 24+4 power phase design, similar to the ROG Strix RTX 4090. But its clock speeds are undisclosed at the moment. The Matrix RTX 4090 definitely belongs to the best RTX 4090 graphics cards, but I’m sure it will also be exorbitantly priced. You can check out more details from the official news release below.

Asus ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090

ASUS Republic of Gamers Unveils ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 with Liquid Metal Cooling

World’s first graphics card to have liquid metal on the GPU, with premium ROG liquid cooling to create the world’s highest boost clocks for a GeForce RTX 4090 card:

  • Featuring a powerful pump, optimized coolant flow rate, and larger cold plate for GPU die, VRMs, memory, plus 360 mm radiator, magnetic daisy-chainable fans
  • Custom GPU Tweak III features include Thermal Map, Power Detector and Mileage, available only for the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) recently announced the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX™ 4090, which offers the highest out-of-the-box boost clocks of any RTX 4090 in the world. In addition, the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 features an ROG first: liquid metal thermal compound on a graphics card. Featuring a custom-engineered cold plate that captures heat not only from the RTX 4090 GPU die, but also from the VRMs and memory chips, this card has even more headroom to push its clocks higher, for longer, allowing ROG to bin only the absolute best dies for this showpiece graphics card.

The pinnacle of gaming power

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, ASUS has an exclusive 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, ASUS has ensured that the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 can leverage the incredible thermal transfer inherent to liquid metal with no risk of leakage. After perfecting these protective mechanisms, it was time to introduce liquid metal to the ROG graphics card lineup — and of course, there was no better option than the legendary Matrix family. Users can learn more about liquid metal here.

Asus ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090

Heavy metal

Liquid metal is excellent, but it is 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 360 mm 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 users will only need one cable for all three fans, and they will end up with effortlessly synchronized ARGB lighting effects, too. With high-static pressure and airflow, these fans can keep the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 operating at just 60°C under its 450-watt TGP (total graphics power), with a fan RPM of under 1000.

Most AIO liquid-cooled GPUs, including the ROG Strix LC line, 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 cold plate 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 metal design

The ROG Matrix RTX 4090 features an incredibly bold and modern design, with the GPU frame and housing built entirely out of metal. Sporting the first use of indirect ASUS Aura Lighting, the ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 also boasts a ‘hollow’ chamber, with the main cold plate, circuit board, and pump shroud protected by a larger aluminum frame. Bold ROG branding adorns the card, with lightbars in the central cavity and across the top of the card. A stainless steel backplate keeps the card secure whether users prefer to mount it 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 cable management is a breeze.

Custom GPU Tweak III software

The ROG Matrix RTX 4090 does not just feature one-of-a-kind hardware; it 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 a system. ROG went above and beyond with additional sensors across the VRMs, chokes, and power input circuity. That data feeds into the new Thermal Map feature in the ASUS GPU Tweak III app to give a detailed breakdown of how a card is performing thermally in real time. This utility also supports Power Detector+, a feature that allows the card to detect any anomalies all of the six power pins individually from the 12VHPWR cable. If a fault is detected and a user needs to reseat the power cable, they will know immediately. The ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 also includes a new Mileage feature, which tracks card use at different power levels, letting users keep an eye on what kind of load they have used the card for across multiple game sessions.

As a flagship card, the ROG Matrix RTX 4090 features a Dual BIOS switch, allowing users to seamlessly switch between Quiet and Performance modes. Produced with the ASUS Auto Extreme manufacturing process, the entire circuit board 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.

GeForce RTX 4090 Specifications

Graphics CardRTX 4090RTX 4080RTX 4070 TiRTX 4070RTX 4060 Ti
Fabrication ProcessTSMC 4 nm NVIDIA Custom ProcessTSMC 4N NVIDIA Custom ProcessTSMC 4N NVIDIA Custom ProcessTSMC 4N NVIDIA Custom ProcessTSMC 4N NVIDIA Custom Process
Transistor Count76.3 billion45.9 billion35.8 billion35.8 billion22.9 billion
ArchitectureAda LovelaceAda LovelaceAda LovelaceAda LovelaceAda Lovelace
Graphics Processing Clusters117543
Texture Processing Clusters6438302317
Streaming Multiprocessors12876604634
CUDA Cores163849728768058884352
Tensor Cores512 (4th Gen)304 (4th Gen)240 (4th Gen)184 (4th Gen)136 (4th Gen)
RT Cores128 (3rd Gen)76 (3rd Gen)60 (3rd Gen)46 (3rd Gen)34 (3rd Gen)
Texture Units512304240184136
Boost Clock2520 MHz2505 MHz2610 MHz2475 MHz2535 MHz
Memory Clock10501 MHz11200 MHz10500 MHz10500 MHz9000 MHz
Memory Data Rate21 Gbps22.4 Gbps21 Gbps21 Gbps18 Gbps
L2 Cache Size73,728 KB65,536 KB49,152 KB36,864 KB32,768 KB
Total Video Memory24 GB GDDR6X16 GB GDDR6X12 GB GDDR6X12 GB GDDR6X8 GB GDDR6 / 16 GB GDDR6
Memory Interface384-bit256-bit192-bit192-bit128-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth1008 GB/s716.8 GB/s504 GB/s504 GB/s288 GB/s (554 GB/s effective)
Texture Rate1290.2 GigaTexels/sec761.5 Gigatexels/sec626 Gigatexels/sec455.4 Gigatexels/sec345 GigaTexels/sec
Connectors3 x DisplayPort 1 x HDMI3 x DisplayPort 1 x HDMI3 x DisplayPort 1 x HDMI3 x DisplayPort 1 x HDMI3 x DisplayPort 1 x HDMI
Minimum Power Supply850 Watts750 Watts700 Watts650 Watts550 Watts
Total Graphics Power (TGP)450 Watts320 Watts285 Watts200 Watts160 Watts
PCI Express InterfaceGen 4Gen 4Gen 4Gen 4Gen 4
Release DateOctober 2022November 2022January 2023April 2023May 2023 – 8GB
July 2023 – 16GB
Launch Price$1,599 $1,199 $799 $599 $399 – 8GB
$499 – 16GB
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Peter Paul
Peter is a PC enthusiast and avid gamer with several years of hands-on experience in testing and reviewing PC components, audio equipment, and various tech devices. He offers a genuine, no-nonsense perspective, helping consumers make informed choices in the ever-changing world of technology.

2 thoughts on “Asus ROG Matrix GeForce RTX 4090 Liquid-Cooled Graphics Card Unleashed”

  1. Old news by now. An absolutely unique, and beautiful card. But maybe too late to market. Should you spend that kind of money knowing that possibly the “Ti” version and 5090 in 2024 is right around the corner?

    • Got a lot of things going on lately.
      Indeed, people who will get this graphics card buy it primarily for its looks and collection.


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