Asus ARES Dual Radeon HD 5870 4GB Review - HotHardware

Asus ARES Dual Radeon HD 5870 4GB Review

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Performance Summary: Summarizing the Asus ARES' performance couldn't be any easier. Quite simply, the Asus ARES is the fastest graphics card we have ever tested. The ARES' combination of dual-Radeon HD 5870 GPUs and 4GB (2GB per GPU) of fast GDDR5 frame buffer memory resulted in excellent performance across the board. In every test, at every resolution, the Asus ARES came out on top.

We should also point out that as fast as the Asus ARES is in its stock form, the card also offers voltage adjustments via the Asus SmartDoctor Utility, and overclocking is supported. We have only had the card in our possession for a very short period of time and couldn't focus on overclocking just yet, but rest assured the ARES has even more performance left in the tank.

We have to look at the Asus ARES from two different perspectives. From a technological standpoint alone, the Asus ARES is impressive to say the least. Asus' engineers have assembled the fastest, single graphics card on the planet, that's also quieter than lower-performing solutions, and they should be commended. There's no question the Asus ARES represents the current pinnacle of ultra-high-end, enthusiast graphics card.

But, all of that custom engineering, performance, and technology comes at a price. The Asus ARES commands a hefty $1200 MSRP. To put that into perspective, a pair of 2GB Radeon HD 5870 Eyefinity 6 Edition cards will cost about $1000 ($499 ea.), so the few users who can opt for an ARES will pay an approximate 20% premium for the card. To be fair, Asus does include a quality gaming mouse and cool metal briefcase, but the bottom line is consumers will have to pay a premium to play on an ARES.

And that's if you're one of the lucky few that can get in on the action. The Asus ARES will be a limited edition product, with only 1000 being introduced into the U.S. market. Considering its ultra-high-end specs and relatively small pool of potential buyers, Asus was smart to make this a limited edition product. But something tells us all 1000 of these puppies are going to disappear from store shelves. We know ours isn't going to make it out of the lab without a fight.

  • Extreme Performance
  • Eyefinity Support
  • Fastest Single Graphics Card
  • DX11 Support
  • Quieter Than Stock 5970s

 

  • Extremely Expensive
  • Limited Edition
  • Requires Lots of Power

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That's one sick card. Outrageous price... but sick card.

Can you run 2 in crossfire?

That would just be nuts lol

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OMG, sexy ass packaging! :D, but the intel mission case was nicer xD.

Shocking price! But it performs very well i see.

LOL running 2 in crossfire would be awesome too see!

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I don't know Inspector...Kinda ugly I think. Yet I don't care what it looks like, just how it performs.
 
Although I don't see why they don't have the quad Eyefinity port on this one?
I do like the Mouse and the case! At the rate that ATI is introducing things in about two months and everything becomes outdated! Then at least you get a couple of cool consolation prizes :P

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Those are some impressive Windows numbers. I'm glad that they are really putting the pressure on Nvidia to step up their game. However, the price is ridonkulous. This appears to be a PR card... never intended to actually sell to the mass market.

And, as a Linux aficionado I still can't help but to warn people away from the ATI cards: AMD/ATI's proprietary drivers are so buggy as to be unusable, and the open drivers are so slow as to allow this thing get smoked by a 5 year old Nvidia card.

Until ATI puts serious effort into their drivers supporting other platforms, I just can't seriously consider their cards. Not that anyone could seriously consider this card, given the price.

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Very impressive indeed. This card is one that actually lives up to its reputation. I can imagine cross-firing these bad boys!!!! 

 

Great review Marco how bout that James Bond briefcase the card comes in, series business here. Yes

 

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Yes, this puppy can be run in CrossFire. I don't think I'll have much luck getting Asus to send a second one over though! :)

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e-penis anyone? I'd hit it!

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LOL, its worth trying Marco... :D. Everyone would love to see what can be done with two of these beast, tell them they don't even need to include everything, just the card would be great... Wink

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Definitely a BA piece of hardware, the thing that gets me the most is a single 480 still consumes more power with 1 GPU and a tad over 1/4 the memory. Not to mentioned being spanked. Of course I would like to see it up against a pair of 480's to see what the difference would be, and of course a crossfired pair of 5870's.

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All I can say after reading the review is that NVIDIA really needs to step their game up this time. I'm just surprised that they didn't test Metro 2033 on this card, maybe it could show how this card would work in areas where the NVIDIA cards usually dominate, such as tessellation and god rays.

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