Asus ARES: Is This The One Graphics Card To Rule Them All?

Power Usage And Temperature Benchmarks

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.

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  • Tamz_msc
    I want that briefcase!
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  • thedreadfather
    This card is so overkill for most of us, but so awesome. :D
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  • rohitbaran
    BTW, it would be really cool to see a 5890, for that would give the GTX 480 a run for its money, something it is already not earning! :D
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  • Other Comments
  • Tamz_msc
    I want that briefcase!
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  • rohitbaran
    On the second page, that should be Radeon 5970, not Radeon 5890. There isn't any card on the market as 5890.
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  • jasonz001
    it actually looks quite small
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  • rohitbaran
    BTW, it would be really cool to see a 5890, for that would give the GTX 480 a run for its money, something it is already not earning! :D
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  • thedreadfather
    This card is so overkill for most of us, but so awesome. :D
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  • Maziar
    Great review,
    However i agree with Tom's about that there are better options in terms of price/performance ratio.This card looks good and packs lots of power but i wish that it had a lower price.
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  • anamaniac
    I was excited, but after reading the article, I'm dissapointed.
    Maybe they set the bar too high when they made the MARS, a $1200 GTX285x2.
    I wish the MARS/ARES came with waterblocks though.

    Sounds like the card needs some better drivers.
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  • rohitbaran
    Well, the card is heavy, power consuming and expensive, but its performance is truly great. BTW, they could have kept the Sapphire Toxic 5970 in the benchmark tests for the sake of immediate comparison. Anyway, this is a great review.
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  • rohitbaran
    Lets see if Southern Islands top offering can take on this monster.
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  • JOSHSKORN
    Where's the Radeon HD 5970 Crossfire?
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  • Anonymous
    With the I7 in the test bed OC'd to just a bit over 3 Ghz I have to wonder how close the CPU is to bottle necking the GPU.
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  • Lmeow
    Can it play Cr

    What an epic triple slot cooler... Awesome suitcase too.
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  • desolationjones
    Why do the sli 480 benches for Crysis look completely off? In Crysis at 1920x1080, a single 480 gets the exact same performance of 480s in sli And at 2560x1600, sli 480 gets better performance than at 1920x1080. That doesn't make any sense. Driver issues were mentioned for alien vs preditor, but not for Crysis.
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  • rohitbaran
    jasonz001it actually looks quite small

    Excuse me, we are talking about graphic cards here, not elephants.
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  • baracubra
    desolationjonesWhy do the sli 480 benches for Crysis look completely off? In Crysis at 1920x1080, a single 480 gets the exact same performance of 480s in sli And at 2560x1600, sli 480 gets better performance than at 1920x1080. That doesn't make any sense. Driver issues were mentioned for alien vs preditor, but not for Crysis.


    Crysis and SLI don't go well together all the time. When I built my 8800GT SLI rig bck in 07' I got worse performance with SLI enabled than without. After many many drivers and game updates, I finally managed to get 6 extra frames with SLI. FYI, I was running a Q6600 OC to 3.4ghz, and the cards worked fine in other games
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  • Anonymous
    Can it play Mafia II ? :)
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  • festerovic
    waiting for the Kratos edition.
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  • jsm6746
    you really have to water cool if you want to up the voltage of a 5870 or 5970... the noise from that 80mm fan running 100% is atrocious...
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  • superdinmo
    i think it will be April Fool before april
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  • falchard
    For $1200, I can get 4-HD5870 and stick it into my Quadfire capable board. Man that would look awesome.
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