Thursday, February 25th 2010

ASUS ROG Ares Specifications Surface

About a month ago, it surfaces that ASUS was working on a limited-edition extreme high-end graphics accelerator that uses two Radeon HD 5870 GPUs, in essence an overclocked custom-design Radeon HD 5970, called the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Ares. The Ares builds on the legacy of the ROG Mars. It uses two AMD Cypress GPUs with 1600 stream processors, each, core and memory clock speeds on par with that of the Radeon HD 5870 (850 MHz / 1200 MHz), and double the amount of memory (2 GB per GPU, 4 GB on the card).

A CAD drawing of the Ares surfaced on Plaza.fi, which shows a single-PCB accelerator. The cooling design borrows a little from that of NVIDIA's second edition GeForce GTX 295, in having a centrally located blower that drives air onto copper GPU blocks on its either sides. The cooler assembly, however, seems much larger at 2.5 slots' thickness. ASUS also claims that the fan will be quieter on load than AMD's reference HD 5970 leaf-blower. A table given out lists its important specifications, which shows it to have the same clock speeds as the single-GPU Radeon HD 5870 (850/1200 MHz), versus those of the HD 5970 (725/1000 MHz), twice the amount of GDDR5 memory, and results of an internally conducted 3DMark Vantage benchmark which shows a 28.2% increment over the HD 5970 on the Ares. The card is powered by three PCI-Express power connectors (8-pin + 8-pin + 6-pin), and may have significantly higher power draw. It has also been designed for record-setting scores in graphics benchmark competitions. Being a limited edition product, we expect productions in the tens of hundreds only. If the price of ROG Mars is anything to go by, this one will be an expensive product, too.

Source: Plaza.fi
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34 Comments on ASUS ROG Ares Specifications Surface

#1
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
WOW! 8-pin + 8-pin + 6-pin = mucho power:)
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#2
Phxprovost
Xtreme Refugee
lol,
1. Its ugly as sin
2. Its going to be beyond expensive
3. Its going to be unobtainable *judging by 5970 stock levels + limited edition status*
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#3
badsykes
LOl ... i like the design.The colors are ok but a black cooler instead of red stripes was better..Anyway i am fan of big trucks so maybe this is why i like it :D ...
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#4
theorw
Targeted ONLY for the likes of HIPRO5/KINGPIN (fro record breaking) and for those who want a BIG e-peen cos their real one doesnt do the JOB right!!:P
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#6
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
I will take two and a 11,000 watt PSU:roll:
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#7
Lionheart
I might get about 10 of these so I can play Final Doom max settings :laugh::laugh::laugh:
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#8
Yellow&Nerdy?
I see some record Vantage results coming up with two of these in quadfire...

Like the Mars-card, it will probably be crazy expensive and very limited production. So only the most hardcore (or rich. lol.) overclockers will buy it.

The new ATI card I'm expecting is the "5890", the new top-dog single GPU.
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#9
Fourstaff
Asus likes to do this kind of thing, I think their engineering department is very crazy.
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#11
KainXS
probably the ugliest waste of money card I have ever seen, they need to call that ugly thing HD5970 Belgium Edition,

I can only imagine the engineers were smokin some pot or somethin



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#12
Kitkat
i wish they kept the metal part gun metal then id like it

there latest ROG designs and the upcoming ROG Intel board ... they don't look near as good as the first p55 ROG board and the Crosshair III with 890FX around the corner i hope they don't do wot they did to the upcoming Intel ROG board to the 890.
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#13
tonyd223
my generic 300w power supply just blew up looking at the picture...
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#15
HalfAHertz
This thing must weigh in the ballpark of a small laptop. I would not feel comfortable putting this in anything else than a horizontal laying test bench ...
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#16
Easo
At least the design is unique.
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#18
human_error
wow what a waste of money - any 5970 can reach those clock speeds easily - the limiting factor on the 5970s isn't the cooling of the chips but their physical limitations and since they use highly binned chips anyway i don't see this card having a better limit.

If you used all the power supplied from those power connectors you'd have to use liquid nitrogen, so that cooler just looks like a waste of time.
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#19
bogie
by: Phxprovost
lol,
1. Its ugly as sin
2. Its going to be beyond expensive
3. Its going to be unobtainable *judging by 5970 stock levels + limited edition status*
Yeah and meh wants!! :nutkick:
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#20
pantherx12
It may have a reinforced back plate ( betting it will actually)

so should be fine and dandy.

Then most of the weight is actually supported by the PCI bracket and the PCI-E slot just keeps it horizontal.


Practical example!

hold a iron bar straight out infront of you and you can feel a lot of of force, how ever then get a friend to use a single finger to support the end of the bar, the bar will become a LOT easier to hold even though your friend is barely holding the bar.

Its just a case of keeping the card rigid.
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#21
theorw
Are we going to have a W1ZZ review on this card?
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#22
PVTCaboose1337
Graphical Hacker
by: theorw
Are we going to have a W1ZZ review on this card?
He will not be able to get one silly!
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#23
douglatins
by: tonyd223
my generic 300w power supply just blew up looking at the picture...
I lol'd

Also the price is 1500 i think
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#24
[I.R.A]_FBi
by: tonyd223
my generic 300w power supply just blew up looking at the picture...
i think it did that on its own :|
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