Monday, January 7th 2013

ASUS Announces the ROG ARES II Limited Edition Graphics Card

ASUS ROG presents the fastest and most powerful graphics card currently available with the limited edition ARES II. Its dual Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition GPUs and 6 GB GDDR5 memory support provide the ultimate PC gaming experience in a space-saving 2-slot design. The ARES II features exclusive ASUS DIGI+ VRM and Super Alloy Power technologies for greater stability and product longevity. The bundled ROG Edition GPU Tweak utility allows customers direct access to graphics card overclocking and tuning options via a user-friendly interface.

Continuing the ARES legacy with collectible hardware for enthusiasts
Launched in the summer of 2010, the original ROG ARES provided a new milestone in graphics power that soon became an in-demand commodity among hardware enthusiasts and collectors. ARES II likewise debuts as a limited edition product, with only 1000 units produced. It ships in a special ROG-themed case, with each card featuring a laser-etched serial number on the aluminum backplate to denote its collectible status.

New thermal cooling design enables maximum performance
ARES II provides a custom cooler that utilizes liquid and air cooling to achieve drastically improved heat dissipation over reference design cards. The hybrid design consists of a closed-cycle liquid system with dual 120 mm fans and a radiator block that easily fits in most PC cases. The card itself includes an 80 mm dust-proof fan to enable additional cooling for critical components such as video memory and power delivery components. The new design assures continuous stability even under full load, and achieves up to 31C cooler operation compared to a reference GTX 690. ARES II features a 2-slot height design, making it accessible to most PC cases on the market.

DIGI+ VRM, Super Alloy Power, and GPU Tweak provide unparalleled power
Exclusive ASUS DIGI+ digital voltage regulation technology provides precise power delivery to bolster graphics card stability and help increase overclocking flexibility. The 20-phase Super Alloy Power architecture, consisting of heavy duty solid state capacitors, high quality chokes and MOSFETs can withstand higher temperatures and stress loads than typical designs while providing a much longer lifespan. Users can modify card parameters including core and memory speeds, fan performance, and voltages using the bundled ROG Edition GPU Tweak utility, all via a user-friendly interface. Multiple profiles for individual games and applications can also be set up, and GPU Tweak doubles as a monitoring program for keeping an eye on ARES II temperatures and power consumption levels.

Model name: ARES2-6GD5
Graphics engine: 2 x AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
System bus: PCI Express 3.0 x 16
Video memory: 6 GB GDDR5
Boost clock: 1100 MHz (base clock: 1050 MHz)
Memory clock: 6600 MHz (1650 MHz GDDR5)
Memory interface: 768-bit (2 x 384-bit)
Maximum DVI resolution: 2560 x 1600
Maximum VGA resolution: 2048 x 1536
Microsoft Direct3D version: DirectX 11
I/O: 1 x single link DVI / 1 x dual link DVI / 1 x HDMI via adapter/ 4 x native DisplayPort
Bundled accessories: 3 x 8-pin power cable / 1 x DVI to HDMI adapter / 1 x extended CrossFireX bridge
Minimum recommended power supply: 850 W (42A on the 12V rail)
Power connectors: 3 x 8-pin
Dimensions: Card: 11.8" x 5.5" x 1.8"
Fan block: 4.6" x 5.8" x 1.9"
Fan: 4.7" x 4.7" x 1"
Liquid cooling tube length: 13.4"
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32 Comments on ASUS Announces the ROG ARES II Limited Edition Graphics Card

tacosRcool said:
now will be be over a ? I thought the last one was over
the last one was nvidia i believe :P
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Asus Extreme N7800 GT Dual - $900
Asus Mars - $1500
Asus Ares - $1000
Asus Mars II - $1500
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Totally said:
For a second there I thought it came with it's own power supply.
LOL. Might happen though if we get stuck on 28nm like we did on 40nm.

Widjaja said:
At this time in the game, this is a novelty item.
This, and the rebranded OEM 8000's, tells me that we aren't likely to see "Sea Islands" any time soon. :cry:
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I don't get it, how is this space saving it takes up much more space and that little 80mm fan looks dumb. The 690 was a dual slot also and ran just fine.

This card is so late do you think this is a sign that AMD told ASUS that they won't be able to make a 8990 so ASUS just decided to come out with this card?
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My name is Dave
renz496 said:
quick look on 8970 spec it resemble to 7970Ghz edition down to core clock. is this will come out when amd officially launch 8k series later or is this rebrand for OEM only? btw are these spec even legit to begin with?
Why would AMD list fake specs on their own site? To fuck with NVidia?

That might be true...but highly unlikely.
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