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ASUS Ares review

ASUS Ares - God of War Cometh

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Overall rating 8/10
Blazing Fast
Impressive overclocking potential
Effective cooler
Incredibly pricey
Extremely Noisy at full load
Not much faster than 2 x 5870 cards
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Power of the Gods

Power of the Gods

In Greek mythology, Ares is the God of War and Bloodshed. He personifies violence and all that is terrible and horrible about war. Hence, it is fitting that ASUS’s latest and possibly greatest graphics card be christened “Ares”.

What makes the Ares card deserving of sharing a name with a Greek god you might wonder? For starters, it has a massive triple-slot custom cooler that features extensive use of aluminum and copper. And then its equally hefty weight of 2.1kg - a single Radeon HD 5870 (not a small card by any means) in comparison weighs merely 0.95kg.

But most of all, it's the hardware underneath that makes the Ares a beast of a graphics card. While the dual-GPU Radeon HD 5970 might be ATI’s top dog at the moment, it actually uses two down clocked Cypress XT chips. Not only are the GPUs on the Radeon HD 5970 down clocked - from 850MHz to 725MHz - so is the memory - from 4800MHz DDR to 4000MHz DDR. ASUS’ Ares, on the other hand, offers the full package, packing twin Cypress XT chips clocked at 850MHz with memory running at a heady 4800MHz DDR. What’s more, it comes with a whopping 4GB of super quick GDDR5 framebuffer. In short, the Ares is nothing less than a beast of a graphics card.