ASUS Ares Review

3D Mark Vantage

ASUS Ares Review

3D Mark Vantage

I hope you're sitting comfortably. Some of these numbers might cause you to fall over otherwise. Our current 3D Mark Vantage 5870 King is the XFX 5870 XXX with 21000 odd. On a 930 at stock we see 27000 here from the Ares. Before you all go "oh", the realities are that at 1280 the Ares is barely awake, much less working hard. Pair it up with a 980X, overclock it and that quickly hits 32000. Now that's a monster score.

 

Of course you're not gonna buy a grand card to run on a 19" 4:3 monitor without anti-aliasing. Moving onto the High test which is at 1680 and 2x AA we can see the Ares just about start to get a trot on. At the most basic settings we're still over 20000 points, and with a bit of tweaking over 24000. Now we're really starting to see what this card can do.

 

We don't often bother to run Vantage at Extreme settings (1920x1080 8xMSAA) because not a lot will make a dent in it. This Ares is frankly obscene, being able to churn out 15000+ even at these settings. With an overclock it's 17000 which is a good performance score for a decent card, much less something with this level of image quality.

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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
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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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