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ASUS ARES 4096 MB - Dual HD 5870

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ARES is ASUS' latest graphics card monster creation. The card is based on two HD 5870 GPUs running in an internal CrossFire configuration. ASUS has also be generous with the video memory, a total of 4 GB is available on the card. Thanks to a custom heatsink design the card manages to handle the heat well, but can you handle the price of $1000 a piece?

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another great review ! :respect:

comes with mouse not bad still 1000! ouch
 

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You know, my birthday is coming up at the end of the month...will this card be retail by then? ASUS has me saving ALOT of cash as of late...Crosshair4 Extreme, two of these...I so hope I can get two of 'em before they sell out!
 

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Wow this is really cool. And as always.. excellent review :D
 
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It seems Asus gets bashed allot on this forum, but say what you want, Asus knows how to present a Item and thier quality just keeps coming.
 

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Lol @ performance per dollar chart.
More disappointing than that was the max power consumption. 436W:wtf:
For a moment i was considering getting the card until I read the final pages lol. :laugh:
 
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What software do you use to measure the temps?
I see only one temp in the review, and this is a dual-gpu card.
 
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It eats Crysis, it eats it alive.

^^

Those words should be on ARES package.
 

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•Expensive
•Really expensive
•Noisy under load


hahaha lol love that passage
 
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I'm not sure I'd say "No support for CUDA/PhysX" is a con. Sounds like saying "it's not a nvidia card" is a con.
 

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I want one. Sexiest card ever. Looks like they too care and effort into every aspect of it's design. I think $1000 bucks is a fair price for such a product.
 
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its prolly gonna end up costing 2000$ PER card that is
 
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Hopefully MS will stop making new DX versions for awhile, allowing DX11 cards to saturate the market. Then maybe we'll finally see physics done with compute shaders and the end of this physx crap will finally come....
 

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Idiots seems strong and a bit unfriendly. Physx is useful if supported as havok will be when it's implemented.
Indeed it is, but I have yet to come across someone smart picking Nvidia over ATi because of PhysX. It might be useful, but as for now its about as useful as Firewire.
 

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Indeed it is, but I have yet to come across someone smart picking Nvidia over ATi because of PhysX. It might be useful, but as for now its about as useful as Firewire.
Well mabye not for that reason only but it adds to the appeal of the Nvidia product and thats the point of listing it in the cons.
 

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I want one. Sexiest card ever. Looks like they too care and effort into every aspect of it's design. I think $1000 bucks is a fair price for such a product.
I agree, mostly, but...


Notice that there could have been 3x8-pin connectors. Notice a lack of missing onboard components. I see it as 1x 8-pin for each gpu, 6-pin is mem, and noticed how W1zz was limited to 1310 memory...

Obviously they could have pumped up the ram speed, but it looks like th actual memory ICs to match aren't ready yet, or are far too expensive...

And when it costs what it does, I think it truly pays to be critical of every little part, but at the smae time, I've got to wonder why the actual 5870's are so long?

:laugh:
 
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But I would probably get Beyerdynamic T1 for that price..
 

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finally the 4870X2 hasn't got the highest power consumption!
 
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nice review w1zzad, good work
but w1zzard why there is no rate for this card