ASUS ARES Radeon HD5870X2 review

The ARES looks similar to the GeForce 7800GT Dual, which is probably remembered by few of you. This was a model from a very limited graphics card series, only 1000 copies of which were made, but the interesting thing is that all prestigious series cards since have been numerated, which isn’t the case with ARES. It remains unknown how limited this model exactly is. The moment you grab ARES, you’ll realise why it costs so much. There really was no compromise.

The card is dominated by the huge copper cooling system, weighing about two kilograms. The cooling profile is made in two chunks, and the most high-quality copper was used; according to ASUS, 99% oxygen-free. This production process definitely had its impact on the price, but heat transfer benefits are enormous. Each of the body parts is striped with four heatpipes, which additionally contribute to temperature distribution. The active cooling bits consist of a high airflow fan.

Display:

We managed to obtain an Eyefinity configuration with three HP ZR22w monitors to test this card out. Since ARES has DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort connectors, the maximum number of monitors you can connect is three, which means that the testing resolution was 5760×1080.

Conclusion:

When we’re talking about ASUS ARES itself, the final judgment is very simple. A huge amount of money invested will grant you the best possible currently available performance. Other than that, ARES is also a status symbol, which only an extremely limited number of users will be able to afford. Anything else is less important, since the future owner of this card couldn’t care less about consumption, temperature, noise and similar trivialities, because this card delivers the most important thing, unconditional performance.

Test SetUp:

CPU: Intel Core i5 750
Mainboard: MSI P55-GD65
RAM: 4GB Kingston HyperX
HDD: WD 500 GB
Air Cooler: Cooler Master Ultimate 1250W

Benchmarks

Alien vs. Predator
Metro 2033
Unigine Heaven
Crysis Warhead
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Battleforge
Resident Evil 5
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Call of Pripyat
DIRT 2

review by InsideHW

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~ by benchmarkstest on July 14, 2010.

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