Asus ARES Dual Radeon HD 5870 4GB Review - HotHardware

Asus ARES Dual Radeon HD 5870 4GB Review

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FarCry 2
DirectX Gaming Performance


FarCry 2

Like the original, FarCry 2 is one of the more visually impressive games to be released on the PC to date.  Courtesy of the Dunia game engine developed by Ubisoft, FarCry 2's game-play is enhanced by advanced environment physics, destructible terrain, high resolution textures, complex shaders, realistic dynamic lighting, and motion-captured animations.  We benchmarked the graphics cards in this article with a fully patched version of FarCry 2, using one of the built-in demo runs recorded in the "Ranch" map.  The test results shown here were run at various resolutions with 4X AA enabled.

Much like the Crysis results on the previous page, the Asus ARES simply dominates in the FarCry 2 benchmark. Nothing can touch it here.

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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 At the rate that ATI is introducing things in about two months and everything becomes outdated!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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