Featuring dual AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition GPUs, 6GB GDDR5 memory and a liquid/air cooling system the ARES II redefines graphic performance.
AMD never did release their rumored HD 7990 but they have left designs for dual HD 7970 designs in the hands of their capable board partners. PowerColor was first out of the gate with the fairly impressive Devil 13, a massive card that featured two overclocked HD 7970 cores and an epic cooling assembly. Now ASUS is getting into the game with the ARES II.
The 11.8” long ARES II will feature a pair of HD 7970 GHz Edition cores running at 1100MHz with Boost enabled and 6GB of GDDR5 purring along at 6.6Gbps, literally ensuring it will outperform NVIDIA’s rare $1000 GTX 690. Oh, and Crossfire will be supported as well for anyone that can afford two of these beasts.
More importantly, it will incorporate a custom designed liquid cooling system that uses a single bay radiator equipped with two quiet 120mm fans. There’s another 80mm fan mounted on the card itself for efficient VRM and memory cooling. According to ASUS, this dual slot design allows for temperatures which are up to 31°C cooler than a reference GTX 690.
Along with these impressive specs, ASUS has also included a fair amount of technology to ensure stable operation over long periods of time, even when overclocking. A 20-phase Super Alloy Power VRM with top-grade components, three 8-pin power connectors and ASUS’ excellent GPU Tweak round out the ARES II’s feature set. We’re fairly certain other features will be included so stay tuned for more information.
Pricing and availably haven’t been announced but expect the ARES II to cost significantly more than $1000.