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

Benchmark Results: DiRT 2

While the Radeon HD 5870 cards in CrossFire best the ARES at 1920x1080, they aren't able to handle 8xAA at 2560x1600. This makes us wonder if 5870s paired up have a problem with 8x anti-aliasing at 2560x1600 in general, as we saw the same issue in Far Cry 2.

In DiRT 2, the ARES performs better than the Radeon HD 5970, but the GeForce GTX 480 SLI solution takes a strong lead.

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  • I want that briefcase!
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  • This card is so overkill for most of us, but so awesome. :D
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  • 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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  • I want that briefcase!
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  • 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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  • it actually looks quite small
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  • 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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  • This card is so overkill for most of us, but so awesome. :D
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lets see if Southern Islands top offering can take on this monster.
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  • Where's the Radeon HD 5970 Crossfire?
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  • 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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  • Can it play Cr

    What an epic triple slot cooler... Awesome suitcase too.
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  • 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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  • jasonz001it actually looks quite small

    Excuse me, we are talking about graphic cards here, not elephants.
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  • 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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  • Can it play Mafia II ? :)
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  • waiting for the Kratos edition.
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  • 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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  • i think it will be April Fool before april
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  • For $1200, I can get 4-HD5870 and stick it into my Quadfire capable board. Man that would look awesome.
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