Asus ARES Dual Radeon HD 5870 4GB Review - HotHardware
Asus ARES Dual Radeon HD 5870 4GB Review

Asus ARES Dual Radeon HD 5870 4GB Review

Back in April, we first gave you a glimpse of the extreme Asus ARES dual-Radeon HD 5870 GPU powered graphics card, complete with some preliminary benchmarks. At the time, the specifications weren't quite finalized and there was little word about availability in the U.S., but the card's impressive configuration immediately piqued our interest. The ARES was, after all, a "true dual-Radeon HD 5870" CrossFire setup on a single PCB. The Radeon HD 5970 was / is the fastest single graphics card on the market, and the Asus ARES would clearly offer more performance due to its increased number of stream processor cores and potentially higher clocks.

Over the long holiday weekend, we received word that Asus had decided to introduce the ARES in the U.S. market. And much to our satisfaction one of the cards was en route to the HotHardware labs. We have only had a short time with the card, but it is exactly the type of product we know the hardest of the hardcore among you are dying to check out. So, we immediately ripped the box open and plugged it into one of our test rigs to see just what it could do. Here's a hint--this baby is freakin' Fast, with a capital F...

Asus ARES Dual Radeon HD 5870 4GB Review

 

 

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TaylorKarras:

I don't think so. PCI-E bandwith is very plentiful, and they wouldn't make dual GPU cards if the bandwith wasn't sufficient enough. Besides, where will the MicroATX users go to get their Dual GPU fix? The two additional slots have to be used by something you know.

 

good point, never really considered a dual-GPU for my microATX. probably because the 5970 cost more than the rest of the system combined!  I remember some speculation on weather or not the 890fx chipset could support two 16x cards at once(before it dropped).  Thats what got me thinking about the bandwidth on dual-GPU cards.  I guess this is a non-issue.

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TaylorKarras:
PCI-E bandwidth is very plentiful, and they wouldn't make dual GPU cards if the bandwidth wasn't sufficient enough.

PCI-E bandwidth is limited on some platforms. The socket 1156, P-55 chipset has the PCI-E controller on the CPU and it has limitations as to allocated bandwidth. All of it's resources are available at full X16 speed when you have only one device on the PCI-E bus. But add another card, any type of card, and the P-55 chipset automagically throttles the available X16 speed to x8 for each device. It gets even worse when you add another card to the bus. So in this case, the single, but dual GPU graphics cards are the only truly viable solution for Crossfire/SLI effect. Having a fast, powerful single GPU card works rather well too.


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You could get 3 GTX 480s for $1500.. only $300 more than this, and it would be faster :-)

But then if you add in an other of these bad boys it should take the lead again :-P

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so basically its a 5970

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jbauman38:

so basically its a 5970

A 5970 is two 5850s basically.  The Ares is a "true" dual 5870

Asus did this with the MARS as well which was a "true"  dual GTX 285 instead of the GTX295's dual GTX275.

 

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The GTX 295 is actually dual 260s. :-)

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It's more like dual, Radeon HD 5870 2GB cards in CrossFire with a quieter cooler.

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Marco C:
It's more like dual, Radeon HD 5870 2GB cards in CrossFire with a quieter cooler.

Yes, with a gigantic price premium thrown in too. When are you gonna give it away Marco?

 

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I don't know about giving it away... but I would be particularly shocked if this card went missing from the HH lab ;-) lol

 

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I was stunned by the pricetag I completely forgot to look at how good the cooling on this thing is. lol

BTW that makes me think, why are the video card designs "underneath" (on the heatsink) where nobody can see it and we don't see enough backplate art when that is the side that is visible most of the time.

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For that price you could buy 2 x 5970's. Regardless of how good the cooling is the price is much too high.

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slugbug:
  For that price you could buy 2 x 5970's,............ 

For that price you could build an entire system, one that works wonderfully and has a good video card and quality components in it.

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thats exactly my point i have 2 5970's and they r gr8 an miles cheaper

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Somebody mentioned crossfire so here it is http://www.techpowerup.com/reviews/ASUS/ARES_CrossFire/

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