Legit Video Card Reviews
ASUS ARES 4GB Limited Edition Video Card Review
|Date:||Wed, Jul 07, 2010 - 11:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
3DMark Vantage is the new industry standard PC gaming performance benchmark from Futuremark, newly designed for Windows Vista and DirectX10. It includes two new graphics tests, two new CPU tests, several new feature tests, and support for the latest hardware. 3DMark Vantage is based on a completely new rendering engine, developed specifically to take full advantage of DirectX10, the new graphics API from Microsoft.
The Extreme settings were used for testing, so a resolution of 1920x1200 was used.
Benchmark Results: When looking at the slides from ASUS about the ARES, they claimed a 32% increase in performance over the ATI Radeon HD 5970. Our own testing tells a different tale. While we do see a performance gain over the ATI Radeon HD 5970, it is nowhere near the 32%. It is actually only a 8.5% gain, that is only a quarter of what ASUS had seen. It is entirely possible that both sets of numbers are correct. Different versions of the drivers can have an effect on the performance of each card. It is unclear to us what type of system ASUS had used for there testing. If ASUS used a system with a faster processor like the Intel Core I7 980x, that could account for the increase in the performance margin.
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Page 1 - The ASUS ARES Limited Edition GPU
Page 2 - A Closer Look at ARES
Page 3 - The History Behind ASUS ARES
Page 4 - ARES Retail Box and Bundle
Page 5 - The ASUS Smart Doctor Utility
Page 6 - ASUS ARES Test Settings
Page 7 - Batman: Arkham Asylum
Page 8 - Resident Evil 5
Page 9 - Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X.
Page 10 - 3DMark Vantage
Page 11 - Unigine 'Heaven' DX11
Page 12 - S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat
Page 13 - Aliens vs. Predator
Page 14 - FurMark 1.8.2
Page 15 - Power Consumption
Page 16 - Temperature Testing
Page 17 - ASUS ARES Overclocking
Page 18 - Final Thoughts and Conclusions