There are some substantial rumors that ASUS will bring an ARES III 8 GB Dual-Chip Hawaii Graphics Card to computex this year. This puppy would get two 290(X) chips working in Crossfire and two 4GB memory partitions. With a TDP of over 250 Watt per GPU we can expect the liquid cooled card to have a board power above 500 Watt with a recommended PSU rating of 800 Watt.
A Hawaii XT core features 2816 stream processors, 176 texture mapping units and 64 ROPs. So double that up and boom, 5632 cores. The is being developped under codename Vesuvius, a vulcano in Naples, Italy.
ASUS ROG ARES III Comparison Chart:
ASUS ROG ARES I
ASUS ROG ARES II
ASUS ROG ARES III
Hawaii / Vesuvius
2 GB GDDR5 x 2
3 GB GDDR5 x 2
4 GB GDDR5 x 2
256-bit x 2
384-bit x 2
512-bit x 2
$1000 – $2000
You can expect the card to make an appearance around Computex time, with it being a limited batch and very high prices (we expect 1500 USD) it will be a marketing tool for ASUS. Albeit a very sexy one!. Below a PCB photo showing the dual GPU Ares II as example of what that would look like.
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