ASUS Ares Review

Crossfire Vantage

 

ASUS Ares Review

Crossfire

If you happen to have won the lottery recently, or had a suitably rich distant relation pop their clogs, then maybe you'll be thinking of purchasing a pair of Ares for the ultimate in power. What if...

3D Mark Vantage

When we saw 32000 on our single card run we were stunned. 41192 is the kind of number most of us haven't seen in 3D Mark 03, much less the strenuous Vantage. The amount of GPU power available here is staggering.

 

Do you need a clearer demonstration of "staggering power"? When paired together Ares is capable of blowing the P score of a single Ares away, even at High. Wowsers.

 

Yes of course we ran an Extreme test. Our Crossfire Ares setup is able to deal with Vantage at Extreme settings and spank a single card mightily. It's like the harder the going gets, the better the Ares performs.

 

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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
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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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