ASUS Ares II Overkill3D Review
We've already taken a look at the Ares II in our recent preview, but we can't help having another look at what £1200 buys you. As always with the extreme models in the ASUS line the Ares II comes in a case guaranteed to survive even the most extreme postal service abuse. Opening this is an event.
Here it is in all its glory. As we'd expect the foam is extremely tightly cut, with no wiggle room at all. Because of the move from air cooling to a water loop the radiator dominates the eye more than the card itself. This has also meant that the designer had a lot of freedom with the cover and it replicates the heatsinks we saw on the Maximus V. It is strangely bland to be honest. When we think of the monstrous Ares bristling with highly-polished copper heatpipes, the Ares II is rather meh.
As you'd expect with something that has two Tahiti XTs at the heart of it, the Ares II requires three 8pin PCIe power inputs. At the other end of the card is a Crossfire finger. Something we're going to take advantage of in today's review.
The cooler is familiar to anyone who's seen the Corsair H100 and the idea is the same as the PNY GTX580. It's certainly not the prettiest beneath the hood, but as long as the card remains cool and quiet then that's the important part.