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Asus Rumored to be Crafting Insane Dual-Hawaii Ares III Card

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Rumor has it that Asus is crafting a new Ares III graphics card.

A couple of months ago, we heard first word of the R9 290X-X2, but at that time it was nothing more than a simple report stating that AMD was planning on making a dual-Hawaii XT graphics card. According to a new report from VR-Zone, that rumor is still standing. Next to this, the sometimes questionable website has stated that Asus is building the Ares III graphics card, which would feature -- you guessed it -- two of the GPUs found on the AMD Radeon R9 290X.

That Asus would be building such a graphics card isn't particularly surprising; in fact, it was just a matter of time. Whether it is actually happening is still questionable, but it shouldn't be all too surprising.Asus' older Ares II graphics cardAsus' older Ares II graphics card

The Ares II was a graphics card that carried two of the GPUs found on the Radeon HD 7970 graphics card from AMD. It was a hybrid-cooled graphics card, which was cooled by both air and water. VR-Zone has stated that cooling for the card remains uncertain, though the PCB design will be largely the same.

Of course, the card will also be carrying 8 GB of GDDR5 memory, though that will still be 4 GB per GPU.

There was no word on what either AMD's reference solution or Asus' Ares III cards would cost, though the report did indicate that Asus will be showing off its solution at the Computex show, from June 3 through June 7, 2014.

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    MaxImus009 , March 6, 2014 6:57 PM
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    Ares has to be the dumbest name. Ares yous guys coming to the partay? Really stupid.
    Pronounced "Eries", he is the god of war.
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    KosherGrimace , March 6, 2014 7:25 PM
    Of course you know, this means war.
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    fil1p , March 6, 2014 6:45 PM
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    "Guys, look at my mining farm with 8x290x2!" *Turns on* *Powergrid goes down*While this might work for a tech savvy person, I don't think the average miner should get one. Average US wall socket only manages ~1800w anyway.
    You say that "I don't think the average miner should get one." and I would agree, as mining is the reason why AMD cards are so horribly overpriced at the moment. This card should be used for gaming, rather than having miners buy out all the cards causing prices to spike to insane levels. On a side note I am interested to see how Asus will handle the heat should they release this beast!
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    icraft , March 6, 2014 6:31 PM
    "Guys, look at my mining farm with 8x290x2!" *Turns on* *Powergrid goes down*While this might work for a tech savvy person, I don't think the average miner should get one. Average US wall socket only manages ~1800w anyway.
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    fil1p , March 6, 2014 6:45 PM
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    "Guys, look at my mining farm with 8x290x2!" *Turns on* *Powergrid goes down*While this might work for a tech savvy person, I don't think the average miner should get one. Average US wall socket only manages ~1800w anyway.
    You say that "I don't think the average miner should get one." and I would agree, as mining is the reason why AMD cards are so horribly overpriced at the moment. This card should be used for gaming, rather than having miners buy out all the cards causing prices to spike to insane levels. On a side note I am interested to see how Asus will handle the heat should they release this beast!
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    Josiah Ramirez , March 6, 2014 6:51 PM
    It's pronounced air rees
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    MaxImus009 , March 6, 2014 6:57 PM
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    Ares has to be the dumbest name. Ares yous guys coming to the partay? Really stupid.
    Pronounced "Eries", he is the god of war.
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    firefoxx04 , March 6, 2014 7:02 PM
    Ares is a great name. Derp.
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    InvalidError , March 6, 2014 7:03 PM
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    Average US wall socket only manages ~1800w anyway.

    It usually takes around 18A to actually trip a 15A breaker so with 80+Gold/Platinum PSUs, it should be possible to put one of these per dedicated 15A/115V circuit without too much trouble... but someone re-wiring their home specifically for high-power mining might as well wire for 230-240V and squeeze another 1-3% efficiency out of their PSU.
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    fil1p , March 6, 2014 7:07 PM
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    Ares is a great name. Derp.
    I agree, its a pretty cool name. Nothing says powerful GPU like the god of war. The naming scheme for these cards matches the cards quite well.
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    KosherGrimace , March 6, 2014 7:25 PM
    Of course you know, this means war.
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    InvalidError , March 6, 2014 8:03 PM
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    Quote:
    Ares is a great name. Derp.
    I agree, its a pretty cool name. Nothing says powerful GPU like the god of war. The naming scheme for these cards matches the cards quite well.

    They could have thrown a curved ball and named it Eris instead - there is plenty of chaos to go around in the GPU market with miners buying off large chunks of the supply.
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    ozchoz , March 6, 2014 8:42 PM
    They won't call it the Ares III, a more appropriate name would be the Pluto.
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    CaedenV , March 6, 2014 8:50 PM
    now available with optional 4 slot 50 pound air cooler!
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    jimmysmitty , March 6, 2014 9:59 PM
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    "Guys, look at my mining farm with 8x290x2!" *Turns on* *Powergrid goes down*While this might work for a tech savvy person, I don't think the average miner should get one. Average US wall socket only manages ~1800w anyway.


    You would be surprised what the "average" miner is willing to do. A friend of mine had his electrical grid upgraded along with a secondary grid added to his house so he could run the miner he has separately. Probably to get a exact power cost.

    This would be something they wont go for though mainly due to how hard it would be to mount it compared to a standard 290 X2 would be.

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    Ares has to be the dumbest name. Ares yous guys coming to the partay? Really stupid.


    God of War. Not that stupid. I actually like it.

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    They won't call it the Ares III, a more appropriate name would be the Pluto.


    Poor Pluto. He never stood a chance.
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    FunSurfer , March 6, 2014 11:24 PM
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    FunSurfer , March 6, 2014 11:25 PM
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    This card is only for rich gamers that can afford it and buy the DX12 version Ares III next year...
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    Durandul , March 7, 2014 12:03 AM
    When are they making those asics anyway? I'm getting tired of the miners driving up demand. Maybe AMD should release an SKU with nerfed FP64 :/ 
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    Fhawkz , March 7, 2014 12:23 AM
    Shut up and take my money!
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    C 64 , March 7, 2014 12:27 AM
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    They won't call it the Ares III, a more appropriate name would be the Pluto.
    Perhaps, given that they intend to put two R9 290X chips on the same card, a more appropriate name would be Hephaestus, after Greek god of fire and volcanoes (among other things).
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    bemused_fred , March 7, 2014 12:38 AM
    They're trying to disperse 600W of heat on one card? Well, it might be expensive, but you'll never need a space heater again!

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    Of course you know, this means war.


    Hue hue hue
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    Poul Wrist , March 7, 2014 1:32 AM
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    Ares has to be the dumbest name. Ares yous guys coming to the partay? Really stupid.
    Learn to pronounce, man...
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