As powerful as it is rare, meet the ASUS ROG ARES II

Subject: Graphics Cards | January 28, 2013 - 03:53 PM |
Tagged: ROG ARES II, asus, amd

The new ASUS ROG ARES II sports two HD7970 cores at 1100MHz, faster than reference, as well as a total of 6GB of VRAM also overclocked at a speed of 6.6GHz.  In previous dual GPU and single PCB solutions we often see the cores running slower than reference but in this case thanks to the custom self contained liquid cooler this card breaks that trend.  With four full-sized DisplayPort, one single-link DVI and one dual-link DVI port you can support up to six displays off of this one card.  [H]ard|OCP were blown away by the performance of the card and equally impressed with the cooler, especially when they added the extra fan and overclocked the card.  Unfortunately you won't be seeing a lot of them, there will be only 1,000 of these video cards sold, and only 100 of those in North America.

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"ASUS is launching its latest flagship ROG series video card, the ASUS ROG ARES II. This beast takes two Radeon HD 7970 GHz GPUs and provides CrossFire performance in a dual-slot configuration with unique custom closed-loop external cooling. This powerful limited edition video card is a born overclocker!"

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January 29, 2013 | 07:57 AM - Posted by ea1985 (not verified)

Cool, but after reading the [H] review Im not so crazy about this (not that I was gonna get one anyway). Definitely not worth the $1500 premium, even w/ the special components. 20,000 hours? Great! But I'd rather have those in my PSU or other component that Im less likely to change halfway through its rated life.

The Matrix is above MSRP but they should make better CF and, even on air, better OC options.

I guess it comes down to how much bragging rights are worth to each person.

January 29, 2013 | 09:33 AM - Posted by Humanitarian

Indeed, this isn't for your normal consumer. It's purely for e-peen.

January 29, 2013 | 11:03 AM - Posted by orvtrebor

As mentioned by Humanitarian this is not about cost, it's just about the glorified overkill/awesome.

It's one of those components you'll save in a box long after it's obsolete just to look at the sheer awesome of what it was hehe.

January 30, 2013 | 01:30 PM - Posted by John Doe (not verified)

There's absolutely nothing "awesome" about this overpriced piece of shit.

It's nothing more than a pair of off the shelf Asus 7970 DirectCU's coupled together in one PCB, with a cheap Asetek H80-like cooler thrown across it.

ASUS actually used to really try back in the days of the first ARES 5970 and that MARS dual 285. They just don't give a single shit anymore. All they want is your money and a silly, pointless and grossly overpriced card to get rid of their excessive 7970 Ghz stock, which doesn't sell well when compared to the 680 due to it's inefficiency.

January 31, 2013 | 03:51 PM - Posted by aparsh335i (not verified)

Please elaborate on the so-called "inefficiency."

January 31, 2013 | 10:31 PM - Posted by John Doe (not verified)

The "inefficiency" refers to the cards power inefficiency as in wattage...

I think you need to look up on the dictionary; First for, "effectiveness", then for "efficiency" ...

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