Asus Roars up Twin ARES 5870 @850Mhz

By on July 12, 2010
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Optimized for up to 32% better than reference performance.

The Republic of Gamers, or ROG, continues to take care of its own. As the name suggests, it is a fraternity of gamers, crafting products and tools for their peers. ROG is made up of gaming and tuning enthusiasts, and they know exactly what the community craves and appreciates.

This tradition brought the world MARS, a huge gaming power monger with twinned, overclocked GPU cores and an excess of graphics pushing potential, all housed in a never before attempted style. ARES follows as the latest foray into unmitigated gaming exploration, pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with finely-tuned yet raw power and an entire constellation of added features. Naturally, the ROG penchant for radical design has not gone amiss, as ARES lights up the gaming horizon with its spectacular looks.

Charting the Destiny of Hardcore Gaming

ROG has plenty of pioneering spirit, evinced in ARES and its brazen shattering of convention. This new graphics card deploys two already-potent Radeon HD5870 cores running at 850MHz, optimizing their joint performance for up to 32% better than reference performance to attain heavenly output fit for mythology — hence the ARES moniker.

The astral design scheme belies overwhelming processing muscle. ARES has 3200 stream processors and a cosmic 4GB of GDDR5 RAM clocked at 1.2GHz. This is the kind of power gamers and hobbyists dream of, allowing even the most demanding applications to run fully unabridged while future-proofing for coming attractions, as it will be a long time before ARES finds itself taxed. It also serves as a superb anchor for overclocking aficionados building a benchmark machine, since the potential for tuning is enormous.

Cooling the Giant

Despite its experimental nature and mammoth processing reserve, the ARES design runs cool and quiet. A custom thermal solution assures this, with a 100mm fan that pushes six times the air mass described by reference. ROG has also implemented on ARES the recent ASUS move towards copper in cooling, slapping two outsized oxygen-free, all-copper heatsinks and no less than eight 8mm copper heat sinks on the board.

Combined, these guarantee ARES can banish scorching temps in its pursuit of reality-defining speed and performance — something eager overclockers are sure to embrace.

Noise is kept to a minimum with the synced fan blades and balanced fittings to eliminate vibration. Users can enjoy the performance offered here without having to worry about noisy distractions.

To Extremity and Beyond

No cuts, no downsizing, no compromise, and no nasty heat-related mishaps. ARES is the epitome of the hardcore gamer’s creed, mixing the best of many dimensions.

It’s likewise a feat of design, with a look harking back to ROG’s first dual GPU release. ARES takes this approach and upscales it for the new decade, showcasing its prodigious power in a futuristic package that’s sure to become a much-vaunted collectible. This last point is aided by the fact that ROG is releasing ARES as a special limited edition, only available while supplies last.

For those keen on the excitement of gaming and performance tuning, there has never been a more thrilling time to venture beyond the frontier.

Specifications

Model ARES/2DIS/4GD5
Graphics Engine ATI Radeon™ HD 5870 graphics X2
Video Memory 4GB GDDR5
Engine Clock 850 MHz
Stream Processors 1600×2=3200
Memory Clock 4800MHz (1200MHz GDDR5)
Memory Interface 256-bit x2
DVI Max. Resolution 2560 x 1600
Bus Standard PCI Express® 2.1
DVI Output 1x native dual-link DVI-I

1x single-link DVI via HDMI to DVI adapter

HDCP compliant YES
HDMI Output YES, native
DisplayPort YES, native
Software Bundled ASUS utilities and driver
Notes Card size 11 x 5 inches

Special metal bracket and

ROG gaming mouse bundled

8+8+6 pin power connectors required


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Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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