The power benchmark is where we can see the GeForce GTX 480 SLI solution at a disadvantage. It pulls about 220 more watts under load than the ARES. Aside from minimal electricity costs, a GeForce GTX 480 system will require a much beefier power supply than Radeon HD 5870 cards in CrossFire, a Radeon HD 5970, or even the Asus ARES card. The high-end Radeon options seem to use similar power under load, but the ARES and Radeon HD 5970 use less than the cards in CrossFire at idle.
We measured the temperature of the hottest of the two GPUs on the ARES card and found that it has a high idle temperature. Under load, the ARES cooler keeps things just below the temperature of a reference Radeon HD 5870 card, while the GeForce GTX 480 temperature is quite high.
Here we can see that the ARES can be quite loud, notably louder than a single GeForce GTX 480 reference card under load.
- ARES, The Greek God Of War
- It's Not A Radeon HD 5970. It's A Radeon HD 5870 X2
- Installation And Overclocking the ARES
- Test System And Benchmarks, 3DMark Vantage
- Benchmark Results: Crysis
- Benchmark Results: Aliens Vs. Predator
- Benchmark Results: Far Cry 2
- Benchmark Results: World In Conflict
- Benchmark Results: DiRT 2
- Anti-Aliasing Comparison
- Triple-Monitor Performance
- Overclocked Performance
- Power Usage And Temperature Benchmarks