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Old July 26, 2010, 04:24 AM
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At 3 times the price of a 5870 and not even beating it this thing is a massive waste of money. I'd rather spend 1200$ and triple crossfire 5870s then buy an ARES. Great review on showing it against SLI/Crossfire cards to put its performance better into perspective.
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I'll admit that it does look pretty cool, both in terms of temps and aesthetics but that hardly justifies the price :S
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Old July 26, 2010, 04:28 AM
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Idea.... put it on water, Sell the Stock Block for scrap Copper, Make some money back...
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Old July 26, 2010, 05:18 AM
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The first thing that jumped in my head was watercooling - that was a surprising let down. You would think the 'elite' gamers out there buying this would probably already have a watercooled rig..

This type of product reminds me of the Duesenberg. Highly innovative and the peak of craftmanship - but cost far exceeeds the average (or above average) person in this field. Hopefully companies will "learn" from this and build a more consumer-friendly product.
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Old July 26, 2010, 05:22 AM
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I believe 5970 reference waterblocks would'nt be fitting on this thing..
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Tow non full-coverage HD 5870 blocks will though since ASUS kept the hole offset identical to that of a reference HD 5870.

As for water cooling, I am certain ASUS spent more on that heatsink than any water block around...
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Old July 26, 2010, 06:47 AM
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I think it looks cool, performs well, but I don't think I'd ever drop the cash on it. I'm more about the price/performance ratio.
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Old July 26, 2010, 07:35 AM
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Small typo... on page 16 below the temperature graph it says 'We doubt you would heat this when gaming' , im sure you meant to put hear, not heat?

Other than that its an excellent review :D
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Old July 26, 2010, 07:57 AM
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Great review as usual!

I was all excited when I saw the card but then I became very disappointment when I saw the performance numbers. I see no use for a card like this except for bragging rights.
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Old July 26, 2010, 08:12 AM
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I have a question for everyone.

When you take into account the amount of development that went into it as well as the high-end components (heatsink, better PLX chip, etc), what would you think is a fair price? Also take into account that this is quite exclusive.

$1000? $900?
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Old July 26, 2010, 08:18 AM
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Its probably worth more around 900$ then the 1200$ they are trying to ask for it. Even then, its a bit of a stretch to me anyways.
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