ASUS ARES II Video Card Review

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3Dmark Ice Storm Benchmark Results – For tablets and entry-level PCs

Use Ice Storm to test the performance of your Windows tablet, ultra-portable notebook or entry-level PC. Ice Storm uses a DirectX 11 engine limited to Direct3D feature level 9, making it the ideal benchmark for modern portable devices targeting that feature level. You can compare Ice Storm scores from Windows, Windows RT, Android and iOS devices.

ASUS ARES II:

3DMark Ice Storm

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690:

 

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In 3DMark Ice Storm the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 scored 167,084 points versus the ASUS ARES II’s 165,571 points! These are the two best video cards that money can buy right now and it appears that 3DMark Ice Storm shows that they are performing neck to neck!

3Dmark Cloud Gate Benchmark Results- For notebooks and home PCs

Use Cloud Gate to test the performance of notebooks and typical home PCs. Cloud Gate uses a DirectX 11 engine limited to Direct3D feature level 10, making it suitable for testing DirectX 10 compatible hardware.

ASUS ARES II:

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690:

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3DMark Cloud Gate is a bit tougher on the hardware and showed that the ASUS ARES II video card in the lead. The ASUS ARES II scored 32135 points versus the 29247 points on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690!

3Dmark Fire Strike Benchmark Results – For high performance gaming PCs

Use Fire Strike to test the performance of dedicated gaming PCs, or use the Fire Strike Extreme preset for high-end systems with multiple GPUs. Fire Strike uses a multi-threaded DirectX 11 engine to test DirectX 11 hardware.

ASUS ARES II:

3DMark Fire Strike

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690:

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3DMark Fire Strike shows a widening performance gap between the ASUS ARES II and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690.  The ASUS ARES II scored 12866 points, while the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 scored 9668 points. This means that the ASUS ARES II scores 33% higher than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690!

3Dmark Fire Strike Extreme Benchmark Results – For high performance multi-GPU Systems

ASUS ARES II:

3DMark Fire Strike Extreme

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690:

3DMark Fire Strike Extreme

The toughest benchmark that you can run on the new 3DMark benchmark is Fire Strike extreme.  This benchmark should be the ideal benchmark to run on these $1000-$1500 video cards! Here we found the ASUS ARES II scoring 6671 points and the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 scoring 4995!  The benchmark results are different, but the performance gap between the ASUS ARES II and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 remains the same at ~33%.

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