ASUS Ares Review
Test Setup and OC
We've got two test setups today. Although very much on the same lines. We have our standard OC3D test rig that utilises a i7-930, and we also have our i7-980X which we reserve for those products that belong in a "money no object" system.
Another Asus Ares
Corsair Dominator GT @ 1600MHz
ASUS Rampage 3 Extreme
Intel i7 930 @ 3.8GHz
Intel i7 980X @ 4GHz
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
Noctua NH-D14 with Arctic MX-3
Naturally with this being very much on the leading edge of technology there are a few things that are still just having the final wrinkles ironed out as we go live. So at the time of our review we were unable to overclock in Crossfire mode. However, the single card... oh boy.
This thing is an overclocking behemoth. Coming in at 850MHz out the box it was easy to just keep dragging that slider north and the card almost shrugged. At 1083MHz we finally hit the stability wall. Although even then it was just a couple of tests in Vantage that weren't happy. Everything else ran like a dream. Even the RAM happily took a 100MHz overclock.
We're positive that there is loads yet to come, but a card costing £1200 isn't the kind of thing we want to throw massive volts through when it's not ours. You most certainly could dump some voltage through it too because the cooling isn't an issue. After running Furmark for what felt like forever we still hadn't gone over 70°C and the fan was whisper quiet even then.
The combination of audio-quality copper and a big fan certainly can keep the Ares well under control.