ASUS 2010 Product Seminar
Published: 28th May 2010 | Source: ASUS |
Ares. The fastest desktop graphics card ever
This has been a monster write-up so far, but we’ve been saving the best till last. It’s time for ARES! This is probably the single most anticipated graphics card since ASUS brought out the MARS last year.
Let’s start by getting down and dirty with the bit most of you have been waiting for.
The ARES is based on a pair of ATI’s Radeon HD 5870 GPU’s clocked at 850Mhz with 3200 stream processors. The card features a whopping 4096MB of GDDR5 running at 4.8GHz.
The Radeon HD 5870 by itself isn’t exactly the coolest running GPU, it’s no GTX480 but still kicks out a lot of heat. ASUS were going to have to do something pretty special to keep 2 of them cool on a single PCB. They looked back to their first dual GPU card, the EN7800GT Dual/2DHTV/512M for inspiration.
They took the design of having a central fan blowing air across the 2 heatsinks and improved upon it, making the heatsinks from solid copper, adding heatpipes and using a fan they claim puts out nearly 120CFM at 37dB, compared to only 18CFM at 44.5dB from ATI’s reference HD 5970 design.
Just like the MARS that preceded it, the ARES will be a limited edition card, and for the time being probably the fastest card money can buy.
To wrap up this massive article, here's a benchmark of the ARES and a few other tasty slides from ASUS' seminar.
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