ASUS ROG ARES II 6144 MB

ASUS ROG ARES II 6144 MB

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Introduction



While AMD has not officially released any dual-GPU HD 7970 card, we have seen two implementations in recent months: the PowerColor HD 7990 Devil 13 and HIS HD 7970 X2.

Today, ASUS launches their ASUS ARES II dual-GPU HD 7970, which was first announced at CES earlier this year.



The ASUS ARES II is one of the rare cards to come with watercooling out of the box. At its heart are two full HD 7970 graphics processors that each run higher clock speeds than AMD's HD 7970 GHz Edition. In addition to the watercooling (for the GPUs), a fan has been installed to keep memory chips and voltage regulation circuitry cool.

Everything about the ARES II screams "premium". Starting with the thick metal unibody cooler construction, the two included fans, the nice presentation in a suitcase, and the fact that this card is a limited edition with only 1000 pieces produced.

The card also employs the latest PCI-Express Gen 3 bridge from PLX, which ensures maximum performance, even with two ARES II cards in CrossFire.

Price-wise, ASUS has told us that the card will retail at $1599 - quite hefty.

ASUS ARES II Market Segment Analysis
 Radeon
HD 7970
HD 7970
GHz Ed.
GeForce
GTX 680
Radeon
HD 6990
GeForce
GTX 590
GeForce
GTX 690
ASUS ROG
ARES II
Shader Units2048204815362x 15362x 5122x 15362x 2048
ROPs3232322x 322x 482x 322x 32
Graphics ProcessorTahitiTahitiGK1042x Cayman2x GF1102x GK1042x Tahiti
Transistors4310M4310M3500M2x 2640M2x 3000M2x 3500M2x 4310M
Memory Size3072 MB3072 MB2048 MB2x 2048 MB2x 1536 MB2x 2048 MB2x 3072 MB
Memory Bus Width384 bit384 bit256 bit2x 256 bit2x 384 bit2x 256 bit2x 384 bit
Core Clock925 MHz1050 MHz1006 MHz+830 MHz607 MHz915 MHz+ 1100 MHz
Memory Clock1375 MHz1500 MHz1502 MHz1250 MHz855 MHz1502 MHz1650 MHz
Price$385$440$450$700$750$1000$1600
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