Asus Ares hands on WORLD FIRST

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ASUS Ares Hands   on

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Ahhh yes. That's the only thing that is better than an ASUS Ares.

Two ASUS Ares.

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So who is up for some Crossfire twin-5870 Ares goodness?

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You are? Good so are we. We couldnt end this without a video now could we, click the HD button and make a brew while it buffers as you need to be seeing this in all its HD goodness.

Come back in a weeks time on the 8th of July and we'll have all the results you could ever wish for. Bring spare trousers.

You can as ever go and talk about this with the boys and gals in our forums.

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30-06-2010, 16:01:35

tinytomlogan
Yep you read the title right its here, its dear, its about as close to hardware p0rn as we will ever get..... Its the dual 5870 GPU that is.... The Asus ARES!

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30-06-2010, 16:02:57

AMDFTW
were were were

30-06-2010, 16:25:19

BloomerzUK
Oh my god gracious me.

30-06-2010, 16:37:30

FragTek
WOW. My eyes are poppin' out over here. Now that thing packs some serious heat. Can't wait to see the bench results with those badboys in Crossfire!

30-06-2010, 17:17:56

AMDFTW
That thing is freaking awsome i mean wow wow wow

and you have 2 of them woooop i cant wait for next week

30-06-2010, 17:23:18

Pitbull#2
Ok WOW I cant wait to see what this thing can do! lol. I hope it crushes the 5890 and the Nvidia 480.lol. I Also hope it will run ALOT cooler than both! Man I cant even Imagine what Kinda of powerdraw this thing is gonna have. Thank god i have a 1200wt PSU! lol.;-)

30-06-2010, 19:04:05

wraithien
Congratulations on the exclusive, I know how difficult and time consuming they can be. As to the card wow, though its such a shame for most it's going to be installed upside down so that beautiful shroud is going to be effectively invisible. Also it suprises me given the price and the audience its targeted at, why dont Asus have a custom waterblock for it instead of air cooling?

30-06-2010, 20:46:59

Runebeard
Yay I was right about what that was afterall, eh dude?

Seriously though, ASUS do love you. They gave you TWO for crying out loud lol. Fingers crossed they let you give one of them away

Cracking job though Tom, I'd be bricking myself stripping down 1000 of hardware to its constituent parts.

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='wraithien'
why dont Asus have a custom waterblock for it instead of air cooling?
Knowing Tom's friends Bitspower, who made one for the MARS, they'll probably do limited editions for ARES as well.

30-06-2010, 21:00:19

thestepster
drool thats one sexy sexy card and it looks MASSSSIVEEEE!

30-06-2010, 21:47:28

douglatins
Lets hope this is not another mars, also WTF guys. How do you get stuff so early?

30-06-2010, 22:15:17

Pitbull#2
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='douglatins'
Lets hope this is not another mars, also WTF guys. How do you get stuff so early?
I totlay agree on that 1! lol.

01-07-2010, 05:12:23

VonBlade
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='douglatins'
also WTF guys. How do you get stuff so early?
Because we love what we do, work very hard, and reap the rewards that hard work and honest reviewing brings.

01-07-2010, 05:35:11

F-alienware
Hahaha that thing is chuffing ridiculous !

What cracks me up is the heatsink. It looks like something you would find in the nose of a supercar

01-07-2010, 06:02:23

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Runebeard'

Knowing Tom's friends Bitspower, who made one for the MARS, they'll probably do limited editions for ARES as well.
Your a bit like mystic meg arnt you

01-07-2010, 06:33:18

Sihastru
The cards look excellent, can't wait to see some numbers on them. You have to love ASUS for doing these cards, even if for the majority of people they are like limited edition 1000hp Lambos... pretty to look at, impossible to ever have.

Well NEW YEAR is "only" six months away, here's hoping these beasts will be included in you know what normally happens then...

Of course it is theoretically possible that ASUS might do a MARS2. That would be hot, figuratively and literally. They should call that one SATURN

01-07-2010, 07:22:07

Deshman
I can do nothing but *droooooooooooooool*

01-07-2010, 08:05:15

F-alienware
Tom, once again great video. You seem to be growing in confidence on the lens too as last time you were blinking a lot and looking away. So it's great the confidence levels are up.

I just watched the entire video and wrote down some notes so I can ask a couple of questions. Don't worry I am not going to ask anything techy or that would breach the NDA because I've been under a couple of them myself so I know how they are.

So, I shall begin with... Is it heavy? Also when the review does come can you include the weight? I admit that things like that do turn me on Sadly this card is totally out of my league on account of it costing more than my entire rig. Infact, I would hazard a guess and say I have spent less than a grand on both of my rigs

My second question is over the pronounciation of the company name. In the states it was deemed to be Azoos yet you seem to pronounce it Aceuss. What do the company address themselves as when you speak to them and they pick up the phone?

That might seem like a really stupid question but things like that bother me I remember calling the Celeron a Celeeron (in pronouncing it) but others called it the Selleron (as in Celery).

Totally agree about the power cables. That is quite silly really. Although having said that most PSU manus have done away with the eight pin plugs now. Neither of my PSUs have them (750w Hipro and a 750w Delta) so that might be why? either way I agree you would be crazy to feed the power that they need down into those adapters.

Now for some funnier questions..

Do you get to keep them?

And when you got them was it in the park on a bench? were you wearing a grey trench coat and addressed the Asus rep as 'Grey Squirrel'?



Haha, for some reason when I look at the way they are packed it reminds me of Trigger Happy

01-07-2010, 08:14:42

F-alienware
Oh and also. +50XP to Asus for giving us blightys dibs. Makes a bloody nice change that. Usually we get crapped on with stuff like that.

01-07-2010, 08:56:09

tinytomlogan
This type of kit never gets to stay fella, these are the only 2 for the UK press so they will be going on rotation when they leave here.

I call it Ace-US just like the guy I deal with does, but HQ and the US I do belive say AS-OOSE

01-07-2010, 09:00:12

F-alienware
Isn't Asus a god or something?

Make sure you give those cards a ruddy good pasting before you pass them on. And leave your fingerprints and DNA all over them

01-07-2010, 09:00:56

thestepster
what set up you using it on mate? r3e with the 908x?

01-07-2010, 09:07:30

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='thestepster'
what set up you using it on mate? r3e with the 908x?
I dont want to give too much away but I will be very busy...

01-07-2010, 09:58:44

thestepster
lol o well was worth a try and by the sounds of it your not gonna just try it on just intel :P

01-07-2010, 12:36:32

delusion77
holy shit

01-07-2010, 12:40:28

BloomerzUK
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='delusion77'
holy shit
My sentiments exactly

01-07-2010, 12:46:15

delusion77
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='tinytomlogan'
I dont want to give too much away but I will be very busy...
Are you gone be using something that involves multiple cpus by any chance?

Also BTW, is there a small buzzer/speaker on that card?

01-07-2010, 12:47:06

alexhull24
Massive pat on the back to you Tom, you've done extremely well to get your hands on not just one, but two of those rare beasts!

I, and I think almost everyone on the forum, await your review with baited breath! What an amazing looking card, and along with the extras it's pretty much a mind-blowing package for any enthusiast. Just a shame it's out most of our price range. That doesn't make me any less excited about it though!

01-07-2010, 12:59:19

VonBlade
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='alexhull24'
Massive pat on the back to you Tom, you've done extremely well to get your hands on not just one, but two of those rare beasts!
Don't forget that this is Overclock3D, and not just Tom.

01-07-2010, 13:03:23

alexhull24
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='VonBlade'
Don't forget that this is Overclock3D, and not just Tom.
Ooo sorry guys! Well done all in that case!

01-07-2010, 13:10:00

AMDFTW
i reckon some kind of dueal 980x might be used,or something to kick away the chance of bottle necks

and then 1000fps in crysis will be had ha ha ha ha jokes

01-07-2010, 13:10:23

tinytomlogan
Aye its been very much a team effort to get to this point, every team member has played their part.

02-07-2010, 07:17:24

Sunny Sahota
hats off to you tom, you've done it again looking forward to the performance of these bad boys in crossfire

03-07-2010, 06:04:38

silenthill
Hi, I have just joined after viewing your video on the Asus Ares and you really must be thrilled to be the first guys to have these cards and I 'm looking forward to see the test results on the 7th of July, I wish you all the best and hope you will accept me as a new member.

Best regards

03-07-2010, 12:46:30

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='silenthill'
Hi, I have just joined after viewing your video on the Asus Ares and you really must be thrilled to be the first guys to have these cards and I 'm looking forward to see the test results on the 7th of July, I wish you all the best and hope you will accept me as a new member.

Best regards
Great to have you on board fella

04-07-2010, 20:24:24

xtomex
Speechless!

04-07-2010, 23:26:55

FragTek
For the record I pronounce it Ace-us as well.

05-07-2010, 07:12:34

alexhull24
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='FragTek'
For the record I pronounce it Ace-us as well.
Ditto, though I see that might not the correct way (but it's the less silly sounding way!).

05-07-2010, 09:53:26

silenthill
ASUS ARES, ASUS MARS the next thing ASUS will do is to overclock the GTX 480 I mean crazy like 950MHz core and put a dual fan cooling system and huge heatsink and a put it in a diplomatic suitcase and add a gaming keyboard and mouse pulls power supply and call it ASUS Venus.

Oh maybe AUSU will hear me and make my dream come true

06-07-2010, 20:56:34

Daylightdon
That case alone is worth $100.00!!!

I could re-cut it and carry my Walther in it!!!

07-07-2010, 03:07:43

CRAZYCAP
At over 50DBa for sound reported 75cm away, I think I will stick to my Xfired 5850's.

07-07-2010, 04:10:40

silenthill
The case looks like the same case in the Hitman game; I watched the Hitman movie yesterday just to check it out and the case looks exactly the same except for the fact that there is two big guns instead of the ASUS ARES but if I was to buy this baby Id definitely think of the ARES as a big gun specially when I fire up CRYSIS and those frame rates blast the screen to bits.

07-07-2010, 06:05:00

Sunny Sahota
lol imagine buying an Ares only to find that inside the case was 2 silenced 9mm pistols with the Agency logos and your name LOOOOL

07-07-2010, 06:14:24

Runebeard
Lol 41 replies in the time it took me to read the review! Safe to say this is one of the best cards you'll ever see! The price is eye-watering, but the proof of ASUS's engineering is the fact that one of these still beats 2 5870's in Crossfire! Awesome work to everyone at OC3D for getting these and to Tom for having the balls to push these cards even further!

07-07-2010, 06:15:48

silenthill
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Sunny Sahota'
lol imagine buying an Ares only to find that inside the case was 2 silenced 9mm pistols with the Agency logos and your name LOOOOL
Id probably die from the shock

07-07-2010, 06:39:18

Sunny Sahota
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='silenthill'
Id probably die from the shock
haha hopfully i can get a hold of one as soon as OCUK get them in. fingers crossed eh? lol

looking forward to the performance specs!

07-07-2010, 09:06:01

silenthill
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Sunny Sahota'
haha hopfully i can get a hold of one as soon as OCUK get them in. fingers crossed eh? lol

looking forward to the performance specs!
Yes you will be minus 1199.99 inc VAT but a very happy person

15-10-2011, 02:12:55

DiggyDiggyHole
Ahhhhh, looking back on this now is just so fun. It's hold on the GPU power house has come and gone and been taken by the Mars II...Now, hopefully if the 7000series are smashing success, we can see an Ares II
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