Legit Video Card Reviews
ASUS ARES 4GB Limited Edition Video Card Review
|Date:||Wed, Jul 07, 2010 - 11:00 AM|
|Written By:||Nathan Kirsch -|
The History Behind ASUS ARES
In keeping with the ASUS naming scheme of their Limited Edition dual GPU cards ASUS chose ARES. ARES is the Greek God of War, that is quite a name to live up to!
Following the same color scheme as the entire Republic of Gamers series the ASUS ARES is dressed in red and black and backed by the line, "Limited Edition. Unlimited Power". The ASUS ARES is the new flagship Limited Edition dual GPU graphics card!
Built for performance and designed for show, the ASUS ARES comes packaged inside a protective metal case and comes with the ASUS ROG Gaming mouse!
Some of the key points of the ASUS ARES above are, 4096MB GDDR5, Dual Radeon HD 5870 GPU's, and for those overclockers out there it is ready for some Voltage Tweaking!
The ASUS ARES has a significant performance gain of 32% over the vanilla ATI Radeon HD 5970 and nearly a 91% gain over an ATI Radeon HD 5870!
From ASUS's own internal testing the ARES hits an impressive 3DMark Vantage score of 15473 3DMarks using the Extreme preset.
The ASUS ARES sees an overall improvement in 3DMarks of approximately 12% once overclock at ASUS.
The ASUS ARES features a 100mm fan that will move as much as 119.21 cubic feet of air per minute at a peaceful 37 decibels. Compare that to a reference ATI Radeon HD 5970 which moves only 18CFM at a very audible 44.5 decibels and you can see some thought went into the cooling on the ASUS ARES.
The first Dual GPU graphics card from ASUS was the EN7800GT Dual/2DHTV/512M, and there is definitely a distinct resemblance between it and the new ARES.
Even the design of the cooler stayed similar, though the ASUS ARES features all copper and takes advantage of heatpipe technology with four heatpipes per GPU
It can be seen in the above slide that there wasn't much that changed from the original design to that of the production design of the ASUS ARES.
Using eight 8mm super heatpipes that run through 99.9% Oxygen-Free copper provide the ASUS ARES will help keep the ASUS ARES cool during those long nights of gaming.
The ASUS ARES features two Radeon HD 5870 cores and 4Gb of high speed GDDR5 memory!
For those of us that would like to see the full specifications of the ASUS ARES you can find those in the above slide as well as on page one of the article.
Next Page - ARES Retail Box and Bundle
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