ASUS ARES 4 GB Review 47


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Graphics card product designers at ASUS have the good life. When not placing ASUS stickers on reference design graphics cards, the engineers have all the time and resources to develop some of the most audacious and exorbitant graphics cards in the market, asserting the company's position as a market leader. With the ASUS ARES, it's the same. Pairing two AMD Cypress GPUs that carry the same specifications as the Cypress in its single-chip graphics card (Radeon HD 5870), the ASUS ARES aims to eliminate all the constraints GPU vendors come across when designing dual-GPU graphics cards, such as limited thermal and electrical budgets, which often are met by lowering clock-speeds or components inside the GPU.

ARES, is "Radeon HD 5870 X2" in its truest sense. The name "Ares" comes from Greek mythology, the God of Warfare. The older über-product from ASUS was named after Mars, the Roman God of war. By giving this a product name that precedes any company reference name (such as Radeon HD 5970 or dual-HD 5870), ASUS is giving its ARES a distinct identity that will help seat it in the upper-most quadrant of the market.

Today we will put the ASUS ARES through its paces, and watch it battle it out of a host of GPU-intensive tests. We also have an ASUS ARES CrossFire review where we test two of these beasts in a 4-GPU CrossFire configuration.

HD 5850
GTX 470
HD 5870
GTX 480
HD 5970
Shader units 144044816004802x 16002x 1600
ROPs324032482x 322x 32
GPUCypressGF100CypressGF1002x Cypress2x Cypress
Transistors2154M3200M2154M3200M2x 2154M2x 2154M
Memory Size1024 MB1280 MB1024 MB1536 MB2x 1024 MB2x 2048 MB
Memory Bus Width 256 bit 320 bit 256 bit 384 bit 2x 256 bit 2x 256 bit
Core Clock725 MHz 607 MHz 850 MHz 700 MHz 725 MHz 850 MHz
Memory Clock1000 MHz 837 MHz 1200 MHz 924 MHz 1000 MHz 1200 MHz
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