Alright, a couple of pages with photo's then. Let's start off with packaging. We received two very large boxes alright.
The ARES II will arrive in a massive carton box, but there is more to it then that alright. Check out what appears once we open up the boxes.
Once you open the carton box you'll notice a briefcase. The ROG ARES II is packed in an silver briefcase, which kinda reminded me of the hitman game to carry around its silverbullet guns.
Once opened up there the card and the liquid cooler appear. The ARES II is part of the ROG (Republic of Gamers) series of products. Mind you that this is an (All-In-One) AIO solution, meaning the liquid cooling kit has been preinstalled and connected. Aside from one fan which you mount to the chassis and radiator the cards are good to go. To hit the ROG standard of performance the ARES II features TWO AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz edition GPU's on its PCB, these are running at 1050MHz base clock and 1100 boost clock.
Each of these cards has two GPUs, meaning we'll be testing double-whammy-crossfire aka QuadFire as well today. ASUS didn't skimp on the RAM either, the ARES II features 6 GB of GDDR5 RAM running at an effective clock of 6600 MHz. Truth be told, that's actually a 3 GB particion per GPU, so effectively you can look at this as a non shared 3GB per GPU product.
You'll receive some extra PCI Express PEG splitters to hook up the three required 8-pin power connectors. There already is a fan on the radiator, an extra fan is used to mount into your PC and that then leads towards your radiator so that the radiator is cooled in a push-pull configuration.
ASUS ARES II review We test and review the ASUS ARES II as single card and in Crossfire today. The ARES 2 is a dual-GPU Radeon HD 7970 graphics card. Fully customized with 3rd party Liquid cooling. We test the product one one and three monitors in Eyefinity with the hottest games like Battlefield 3, Sleeping Dogs, Far Cry 3, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Hitman Absolution and many more.
ASUS ARES Review We test and review the worlds fastest single Graphics card. These uber-high-enthusiast targeted products are intended to create a lot of buzz and potentially have a lot of marketing value. But face fact is also that there is a small group of end-users actually really interested it in, regardless of price and deficits. So with this round of realizing something fun, extra ordinary and sure prices very steep ASUS went back to the drawing board. They came up with a dual-GPU design solution based off Radeon 5970, but an overall better design, new PCB, higher clock frequencies on GPUs and more memory (2GB per GPU). Then they threw improved voltage regulation management into the mix and added a new cooler with the weight of a small baby on top of the GPUs to deliver something really special.