Asus shows off Asus ARES II armed with 2x AMD Radeon 7970 GHz Edition GPU cores

/ 4 years ago

Asus just announced its limited edition ROG ARES II Graphic card (only 1000 units will be shipped according to a post made by the ASUS ROG Facebook page).

The GPU uses two fully fledged HD 7970 GHZ Edition GPUs clocked at 1100MHz and it comes with 6GB of GDDR5 running at 1650/6600MHz (actual/effective) memory clock. This card comes with a recommended PSU rating of 850w that can give at least 42 amps on the 12V Rail and therefore it takes power from three 8 Pin connectors.

The cooling is a hybrid setup. Asus uses a custom cooler which uses liquid and air cooling. A closed loop liquid radiator is provided with two 120mm fans with an 80mm ‘dust-proof’ fan to give cooling to the critical components on the card, like the VRM and memory chips. Asus claim that it can achieve 13% more performance while being 30 degrees Celsius cooler compared to a reference version of the nVidia GTX 690.

The card comes with two Dual-link DVI connectors and four display port connectors, but you get a DVI-to-HDMI adapter and three 8 pin power cable adaptors.


Model name: ARES2-6GD5
Graphics engine: 2x AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition
System bus: PCI Express 3.0 x 16
Video memory: 6 GB GDDR5
Boost clock: 1100 MHz (base clock: 1050 MHz)
Memory clock: 6600 MHz (1650 MHz GDDR5)
Memory interface: 768-bit (2 x 384-bit)
Maximum DVI resolution: 2560 x 1600
Maximum VGA resolution: 2048 x 1536
Microsoft Direct3D version: DirectX 11
I/O: 1 x single link DVI / 1 x dual link DVI / 1 x HDMI via adapter/ 4 x native DisplayPort
Bundled accessories: 3 x 8-pin power cable / 1 x DVI to HDMI adapter / 1 x extended CrossFireX bridge
Minimum recommended power supply: 850 W (42A on the 12V rail)
Power connectors: 3x 8-pin
Dimensions: Card: 11.8″ x 5.5″ x 1.8″Fan block: 4.6″ x 5.8″ x 1.9″Fan: 4.7″ x 4.7″ x 1″

Liquid cooling tube length: 13.4″

Source: PC Perspective | Picture Courtesy: Chip Hell Forums

  • It looks like an excellent (if superfluous) piece of engineering. A real brute though.

  • Where do I put my money?