ASUS ARES Graphics Card is true dual HD 5870 goodness
Subject: Graphics Cards | April 10, 2010 - 11:45 AM | Ryan Shrout
While sitting at the ASUS OC Summit we came across a very interesting little graphics cards. Actually, it's not so little.
While the card we are showing here is a production sample, ASUS assures us that it will be available in about 2 months or so. The ASUS ARES as it is called is a dual-GPU Evergreen product with a pair of TRUE HD 5870 GPUs - not a combination of underclocked HD 5870 GPUs like the Radeon HD 5970 released back in November.
In fact, the HD 5870 Cypress cores are overclocked slightly past the default 850 MHz - though how much ASUS hasn't shown us yet. Also, the card features 4GB of GDDR5 frame buffer - 2GB per GPU!
But all of this will cost you a bit of power - notice in the photo above that the ARES card will require two 8-pin power connections AND a 6-pin power connection. Gulp.
We are eager to see some performance numbers from the card and hopefully I'll be able to post those later this afternoon. Stay tuned!!
UPDATE: We were able to snag an image from GPU-Z on the system:
A little blurry, but you get the point
The ARES looks to be FAST - but be prepared to PAY to get it.