The fastest graphics card in the world - ASUS ARES II

20 Apr 2013, 03:51
The fastest graphics card in the world - ASUS ARES II

If you are looking for a new graphics card and price is not an issue, you'll be surprised by this hell's device. More than a half year of work and ASUS launches ARES II in order to take performance crown to its fastest video card ever made. Lets take a closer look to ASUS ARES II:


Inside the outer retail box you'll find a briefcase with ARES II and a small metal placard with its number among 999 manufactured. Box also contains three 8-pin PCIe power adapters, a CrossFire bridge, extra 120mm cooling fan for a push/pull fan configuration and all the mounting screws for the fan.


ARES II has two Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition GPU's on a single 12-layer PCB that uses ASUS' DIGI+ VRM with 20-phas Super Allow Power design. Two GPU's are connected to each other with a PCIe 3.0 PLX bridge and kept cool with Asetek designed water cooler. Cooling system has a separate water block for each GPU which keeps ARES II 31C cooler than the AMD Radeon HD 7970 reference design. This card measures in at 11.8" in length and stands 5.5" in height.


The ASUS ARES II has four full-sized Display Port connectors, one single-link DVI and one dual-link DVI port. This means that the ASUS ARES II supports 3-way, 5-way and 6-way AMD Eyefinity right out of the box!

ARES II does have a single CrossFire interconnect available that means you can pair this card with another ARES II for even higher performance! 

ASUS ARES II Power Draw & Features:

  • Idle:50-80 Watts
  • Load: 400-500 Watts
  • Full power target control up to 120 (20% increase)
  • Full GPU Core Voltage control up to 1.400V
  • Full control for the central VRM/PCB fan
ASUS ARES II Specifications
  • Graphics processor 2 x AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB GHz Edition; 1,050MHz (boosting to 1,100MHz)
  • Pipeline 2 x 2,048 stream processors, 2 x 128 texture units, 2 x 32 ROPs
  • Memory 2 x 3GB GDDR5, 6.6GHz effective
  • Bandwidth 2 x 316.8GB/sec, 2 x 384-bit interface
  • Compatibility Direct X 11.1, OpenGL 4.2
  • Outputs/Inputs 1 x DVI-I, 1 x DVI-D, 4 x DisplayPort
  • Power connections 3 x 8-pin PCI-E, top mounted
  • Size 300mm, triple slot
  • Warranty Three years

ASUS ARES II and Batman : Arkham City

Benchmark Results: The ASUS ARES2 had no problem running with Arkham City at 1920x1080 and 2560x1600, but it demonstrates its true potential at 2560x1600 when it pulled ahead of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690

ASUS ARES II and Battlefield 3

Benchmark Results: The ASUS ARES2 was able to average over 100FPS at both 1920x1080 and 2560x1600 screen resolutions! The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 was 16% slower at 2560x1600!

ASUS ARES II and Far Cry 3

Benchmark Results: The performance difference between both cards at 1920x1080 were minimal, but at 2560x1600 ASUS ARES2 was 23% faster. But despite the lower FPS, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 gave a better game experience because some hesitations during gameplay with ARES II.

ASUS ARES II and Metro 2033

Benchmark Results: ARES II was brilliant on Metro 2033 with Very High image quality settings. You can see it by yourself.

ASUS ARES II power consumption

Benchmark Results: This graphics card is not an option if you are worried about purchasing Energy Star rated appliances! This card is for people who can pay for the best gaming experience possible.

ASUS ARES II Final Thoughts

ASUS has done an amazing job of developing this device to show Tahiti XT2's full potential. ARES II is a perfect example of what can be developed when given enough time and money. The prices for tested cards are quite different. It is suggested that ARES II price will be around 1500$ when NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 can be picked up for $999.99 shipped. But price isn't the point of the ARES II. This card is designed to be the fastest AMD powered graphics card on the planet.

So if you are looking for the ultimate gameplay experience ever and money is not an issue for you we strongly advice you to consider of buying 1 of 999 existing ARES II. You can see ASUS ARES II unboxing and review video below.

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