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Old 27th Jul 2010, 09:15   #1
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Asus Ares Review

The Ares auditions for the title of quickest graphics card in the world.

http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/gra...-ares-review/1
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Old 27th Jul 2010, 09:18   #2
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3xgtx480's probably a better place to put your cash

or heck you'd beat it with 2xgtx460's (overclocked) lol

where is my GX2!!!!!!!!!!!

actually want gx2 of this http://www.fudzilla.com/graphics/gra...as-384-shaders

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Old 27th Jul 2010, 09:20   #3
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I can think of many things that are a better place to put my cash than three graphics cards.
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Old 27th Jul 2010, 09:21   #4
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Show us Toxic or Ares in crossfire please.
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Old 27th Jul 2010, 09:34   #5
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if nvidia or partners could get a 2 chip soluton out they'd walk this gen... well from 6 months behind....

looking at s-islands can ati compete come christmas?
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Old 27th Jul 2010, 09:35   #6
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Usually im all up for ASUS crazy cards but im struggling to see the point in this tbh. Its just a stock card on steroids, at least the Mars was something new, and the dual 480 card they have floating around is an engineering feat.
But this is just totally pointless, it would get destroyed by much cheaper dual card systems and isnt imo unique enough to justify the quite frankly rediculous pricetag.
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An addition of eyefinity results would be nice.

Are BIT going to be doing an article comparing Surround to Eyefinity? I know the likes of HardOCP hae done this but TBH I would prefer results from more than one source.
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Nobody really cares what you could buy instead

Any person who has £1200 for 1 card isnt looking at what he can get elsewhere, he would probably buy 2 and crossfire them
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Old 27th Jul 2010, 09:52   #9
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Im confused is this dual 5890 or dual 5870? I read dual 5890 chips but that would mean quad xfire in one card?
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Old 27th Jul 2010, 09:56   #10
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I think there may be a couple of mistakes in this article lol

I think the spec of the Ares should read as " Graphics processor : 2 x 5870" not "2x5970".

And the analysis page should read " was that the Toxic was quicker at resolutions of 1,680 x 1,050 and 1,920 x 1,200" not " was that the Toxic was quicker at resolutions of 1,080 x 1,050 and 1,920 x 1,200"
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I would like to see a comparison with 2xGTX460s as well, Tom's Hardware tests put this battering down the GTX480. wonder if they would beat the Ares and be £700 cheaper.

Oh and there is a mistake in this article: "which was akin to the noise likely to be produced should anyone ever try to force a hair dryer and a vacuum cleaner to mate."! This line is far too humourus for a serious review LOL
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What's the point of this card exactly? You could just take a stock 5970 and overclock its nuts off (possibly adding a waterblock to help). The chips used in the 5970 are specially binned anyway, so they're effectively guaranteed to overclock well.

Oh, and it'd still work out £600 cheaper. Can put that money towards an i7-980X..
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And the analysis page should read " was that the Toxic was quicker at resolutions of 1,680 x 1,050 and 1,920 x 1,200" not " was that the Toxic was quicker at resolutions of 1,080 x 1,050 and 1,920 x 1,200"
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I think the spec of the Ares should read as " Graphics processor : 2 x 5870" not "2x5970".
We list the graphics processor specs as 2 x 5970's because while the card uses two 5870 GPU's, they don't run at 5870 speeds, so listing the card as having two 5870's could be misleading.

This was the approach Harry took in his Sapphire Toxic review so I stuck with it for consistency and to allow the specs lists of the two cards to be easily compared.
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The point of the card? "Because we can".

Really, nobody makes a card like this as a "sensible value for money" option :P
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We list the graphics processor specs as 2 x 5970's because while the card uses two 5870 GPU's, they don't run at 5870 speeds, so listing the card as having two 5870's could be misleading.

This was the approach Harry took in his Sapphire Toxic review so I stuck with it for consistency and to allow the specs lists of the two cards to be easily compared.
Without trying to sound rude, this is completely misleading.

Firstly, the whole point of the Ares is that it IS 2 x 5870's. That's what seperates it from the 5970's. The standard 5970's use two downclocked 5870 GPUs whereas the Ares runs them at full 5870 speed.

I could see why you labeled them as such for the Sapphire 5970 Toxic, but I think it would be better to label tham as 2 x downclocked 5870 GPUs, not 2 x 5970 for the Toxic. This is because there isn't really a 5970 GPU, the 5970 IS 2 x 5870 GPUs so by labelling it as 2 x 5970 it confuses people to think they are quad-GPUs.

I really suggest you change it as I was very confused by it till I looked up the specs on multiple other reviews.
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I'm surprised something like this doesn't come with a waterblock as standard or a closed liquid loop and fan such a modified Corsair H50. If you have the cash to blow on this you'd not miss an extra couple of hundred to silence it!
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At the price wouldn't the user who can afford these most likely be using water cooling and wouldn't an HD5970 with a waterblock fitted not be cheaper and out perform the Ares? Wonder if any extra can be squeezed out by removing the air cooler and adding a waterblock.
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Shouldn't the specs says 2x 5870?
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We list the graphics processor specs as 2 x 5970's because while the card uses two 5870 GPU's, they don't run at 5870 speeds, so listing the card as having two 5870's could be misleading.

This was the approach Harry took in his Sapphire Toxic review so I stuck with it for consistency and to allow the specs lists of the two cards to be easily compared.
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