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Default ASUS ARES Review [] - 07-07-2010, 08:00 | posts: 6,462

ASUS ARES gets tested
We test and review the worlds fastest single graphics card on the globe the maddness that is called the ASUS ARES. An uber-high-enthusiast targeted product intended to create a lot of buzz and potentially...

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Default 07-07-2010, 08:00 | posts: 899 | Location: South Africa

So where's the crossfire review?
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Default 07-07-2010, 09:06 | posts: 2,530 | Location: UK

Hate it
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Default 07-07-2010, 09:23 | posts: 2,978 | Location: mostar(BIH)

a master piece from asus.
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Default 07-07-2010, 09:23 | posts: 11,379 | Location: England

Shame about the noise.
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Default 07-07-2010, 09:37 | posts: 1,764 | Location: Warsaw, Poland

This looks so wrong, but also explains the noise levels:

Still, it appears to be more expensive and more noisy than 480 SLI while offering less performance.
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Default 07-07-2010, 10:22 | posts: 247 | Location: Dumfries, Scotland

Very nice review as usual. Eyefinity? It would have been nice to see how much faster it is than a normal 5970 at the same speeds. Around 900/1200 seems to be a normal OC for vanilla 5970's. It does seem that all the reviews that have done 4gb 5970's have not shown eyefinity so I can only assume it makes very little difference to most games. Looking forward to your NV surround review before jumping to green.
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Default 07-07-2010, 10:43 | posts: 1,552

Everything is as expected... Useless shiny badass gpu. However, I've failed to draw a conclusion from this article whether its 4gb ram give any performance gain over 5970's 2gb.
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Default 07-07-2010, 11:18 | posts: 2

The guys at Overclock3D say the card is whisper quiet,while also maintaing low temps. I find that hard to believe.
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Default 07-07-2010, 13:43 | posts: 1,764 | Location: Warsaw, Poland

Originally Posted by mascotzel View Post
The guys at Overclock3D say the card is whisper quiet,while also maintaing low temps. I find that hard to believe.
450W + low temps + whisper-quiet = no, sir
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Default 07-07-2010, 15:03 | posts: 6,355 | Location: Switzerland

I see you have forget to use the Appliccation profile of the 23/6 with cat 10.6 (first one is bugged, the 18/6 too for crossfire )... cause 87fps on BC2 with Crossfire is 20fps less of what i have ( 16AF/8xAA, HBAO - 1920x1080= 100+fps )

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Default 07-07-2010, 15:09 | posts: 1,230 | Location: Skedsmokorset, Norway

Sharp edges in airflow. Axial fan. No strange it does a respectable imitation of a 747 during takeoff.

No thanks.

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Default 07-08-2010, 01:35 | posts: 286 | Location: Norway

You guys really do not need 66C/67C on the GPU's under extreme load, perhaps that other site that tested this card actually used the fancontroll in the drivers... Redusing the fan rpm under load to allow the temps to rise to 75-80C would reduse loadnoise substancially, without getting to hot for comfort..

We all know that the added memory do squat for regular resolutions, as other have mentioned before me, EyeInfinity resolutions would have been nice to see vs. an vanilla HD5970...

@Hilbert: I see an error on page 9 where you write: "So after applying the tweaks we ran 3DMark Vantage as well again, we now end up at a nice P score of 12657. A nice step up for a 30 second tweak."
I guess I don't have to point out whats wrong in that sentense

Nice review, to bad you did not do some EyeInfinity comparison, but I guess not everyone have 3 24" + LCD's laying around..
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Default 07-08-2010, 01:43 | posts: 6,559

The card is 67 degrees under full load. That's why it's loud, they want to keep the temperature down as far as possible to give maximum OC headroom.

Surely its fan can be turned down if you don't want the card running so cool.
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Default 07-08-2010, 10:46 | posts: 139 | Location: villevieille

3 pci slot space : that becomes incredible . they should try to sell a watercooled model : it would use one slot only .
this card is a monster , asus should try to get some 32nm gpu instead of 40 as the common model , then it could be at 1 Ghz with only 2 pci slot space .
surely the price deserves the 32 nm ;']
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Default 07-09-2010, 02:35 | posts: 49 | Location: Australia

it is strange that guru3d manage to record a louder noise from this card when compared to the 480 or the 480sli.
In techpowerup and hardwareheaven, the results shows that the 480 sli is generally more noisy. it makes sense to have the 480 louder because the 480 consumes more power.

A 480 sli consumes over 600+ watts of power while the ARES is about 400+ watts.

This card is a masterpiece and it is so beautiful as well.
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Default 07-09-2010, 02:56 | posts: 58 | Location: Quad Cities IL.

1200 bucks for this card...worth it.........??
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Default 07-09-2010, 03:45 | posts: 6,704 | Location: Portland, Oregon

This is pretty much like an exotic car....

Everytime I see this card, I think of Raphael from TMNT.
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Default 07-09-2010, 08:50 | posts: 1,659 | Location: Los Angeles, CA, U.S.A.

Do want.

But seriously, why wouldn't you just buy a pair of GTX 480s and SLI them - it'd be cheaper and the performance would be better too! Granted, it'd probably still be worse in heat, but the noise I'm not too sure about!

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