Limited Edition ROG ARES II Video Card on the Way from ASUS

bp9801 - January 7, 2013 07:47PM in Video Cards

Prepare to be blown away with pure power, as ASUS is preparing a limited edition ROG ARES II video card that is sure to shake the record books. ASUS has packed two AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition GPUs and 6GB of GDDR5 RAM onto a single card that only takes up two PCIe slots, thanks in large part to an included hybrid water cooling system. The cooling system features a closed-cycle liquid system with two 120mm fans and a radiator block that should fit on the rear of many cases. On the card is an 80mm dust-proof fan to keep "critical components" like RAM and power delivery parts cool. According to ASUS, the design allows for continuous stability under full load, with temperatures 31 °C cooler than an NVIDIA GTX 690.

As for the card itself, well, ASUS runs the two GPUs at 1050MHz base clock with an 1100MHz boost clock. The 6GB of memory runs at 6600MHz on a dual 384-bit bus, so you should be pretty well covered in the most demanding games. DIGI+ VRM helps keep power to the card stable, while the 20-phase Super Alloy Power ensures a long life even under heavy load and high temperature. Core and memory speeds, fan performance, and voltages can all be modified with the ASUS ROG Edition GPU Tweak program, which presents users with an easy-to-use interface. GPU Tweak can also be used to keep an eye on temperatures and power consumption levels, just in case you're worried things are getting a little too toasty.

There will only be 1,000 ASUS ROG ARES II video cards available, with each one coming in a custom ROG-themed case and a laser-etched serial number on the backplate to show its limited status. An 850W power supply with at least 42 amps on the 12V rail is required to run this beast, though there are PCIe adapters just in case you don't have three 8-pin PCIe cables. Four DisplayPorts, one single-link DVI, and one dual-link DVI round out the monitor connections, plus HDMI is available via an adapter. An extended Crossfire bridge is included as well just in case you want to run a second card next to this monster. The card comes in at 11.8" x 5.5" x 1.8", so it isn't too much bigger than other video cards.

No price or launch date was announced at this time for the ROG ARES II, but expect ASUS to reveal those soon.