ASUS ARES II review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 01/28/2013 05:53 PM [ 42 comment(s) ]
ASUS went a little extreme with six connectors but yeah, this would be a perfect single card solution for Eyefinity setups, it'll have plenty of power so the multiple display outputs certainly will come in handy. You'll receive two DVI connectors and then four display port connectors. If you need a resolution higher than 1920x1200. be sure to get a monitor with Display Port connectors. Combined you could pull of 6-way eyefinity monitor setup. We'll be testing with three monitors in Eyefinity mode today as well.
Here at the top side of the cards you'll see an ARES II logo, it's lits up in red. ARES II is powered by a PCB design that makes use of power 20 Phases featuring the DIGI+ VRM design. ASUS ROG ARES II is proclaimed to be 13% faster than the GeForce GTX 690 from NVIDIA.
You will need to hook the card up to your power supply with three 8-pin PCIe PEG connectors. We recommend a 800W~850W power supply to start with, with one card of course. In Crossfire (4 GPUs) a 1200~1250 Watt PSU from a quality brand is advised though.
Though this card already runs in 2-way multi-GPU Crossfire mode AMD allows you to opt for 4-way Crossfire as well. You can pair two cards in one PC and have them do a decent workout (which we'll show you in todays article). Overall the card remains cooled within very good limits and isn't that noisy either. But you'll learn all about that over the next few pages of content.
Just 1,000 units will be let loose into the jungle with each piece in a special ROG-themed design and each card laser-etched with serial number on an aluminum backdate as a stamp of exclusivity. Sexy gear for sure.
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.