ASUS Ares Review

Test Setup and Overclocking

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.

Asus Ares
Another Asus Ares
Corsair Dominator GT @ 1600MHz
ASUS Rampage 3 Extreme
Intel i7 930 @ 3.8GHz
Intel i7 980X @ 4GHz
Corsair AX1200w
Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit
Noctua NH-D14 with Arctic MX-3

Overclocking

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.

ASUS Ares Review

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Most Recent Comments

07-07-2010, 06:27:59

alexhull24
Great review Tom, I thoroughly enjoyed reading through that.

It performs even better than I expected. There's even more headroom for OCing, impressive. Your conclusion hits the nail on the head though, fantastic product, but the price. It's not for everyone, in fact, it's only for a few.

Is this the future of the high end GPU market?Quote

07-07-2010, 07:04:05

tinytomlogan
Id say this is Asus own arena atm tbh, the other manu's making Extreme 5970's are weak as its just a stock card with more memory. The original 5970s biggest problem was power delivery and heat, this solves both. How XFX can charge a grand for their card amazes me as its nothing compaired to this.

Ill get off my soap box quick as Im in the mood for bashing!Quote

07-07-2010, 07:30:51

alienware
I have but one thing to say. LOL.Quote

07-07-2010, 07:44:06

Sunny Sahota
Excellent review, really hope I can get one when I get back from Miami. Please may the GPU Gods keep one on the side for me lolQuote

07-07-2010, 07:54:17

silenthill
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='tinytomlogan'
Id say this is Asus own arena atm tbh, the other manu's making Extreme 5970's are weak as its just a stock card with more memory. The original 5970s biggest problem was power delivery and heat, this solves both. How XFX can charge a grand for their card amazes me as its nothing compaired to this.

Ill get off my soap box quick as Im in the mood for bashing!
great work tom, but I'm kind of disappointed the Sapphire Radeon HD 5970 4GB Toxic has the same performance and its spec is:

• Graphics processor 2 x ATI Radeon HD 5970, 900MHz

• Pipeline 2 x 1,600 stream processors (900MHz), 2 x 32 ROPs

• Memory 2 x 2GB GDDR5, 4.8GHz effective

• Bandwidth 2 x 153.6GB/sec, 256-bit interface

and runs cooler too and has more headroom for overclocking because of its three fan setup and retails in the UK for 969 £ but the positives for the ARES are:

it looks better

great package (suitcase+mouse+card)

its more quiet than the Toxic which is very important to some people

and the most important thing to me personally is that my two GTS 480 in sli scored 30990 in 3D Mark Vantage GPU benchmark compared to ARES (overclocked) which was 30301 and my GTX 480's were running at stock and physx was turned off and bear in mind I only paid 736 £ (2X368)for them but as you know tom I have to put up with the GTX 480 noise and ridicules temperatures.

l have read several reviews today about the ARES from different websites and I think you are the best overclock3d and most honest keep on the good work guys and best of luck to you tom.Quote
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