13% faster and 30 degrees cooler? Big claims!
By Tim Colwill on January 11, 2013 at 7:41 pm
ASUS have unveiled a new Republic of Gamers multi-GPU card, the ARES II. Unlike previous multi-GPU efforts from ASUS, these cards aren’t running at hobbled speeds — each ARES II contains two HD 7970s, running as fast as you please. This combination gives the ARES II a base clock of 1,050MHz and 6,600MHz memory clockspeeds, which is pretty impressive to say the least.
The ARES II don’t need no “air cooling” either: each unit will come with a hybrid liquid/air cooler, with water blocks attached to the GPU and an additional 80mm fan inside the card housing. The card has a dual-slot footprint, so you’ll need to make room inside if you’re wanting to run one of these.
ASUS claims that the ARES II can not only outperform NVIDIA’s GTX 690 by 13%, but that it also manages to stay 30 degrees cooler while doing so. Impressive claims, but things could get even more impressive once people start overclocking it and seeing how hard they can push. At this stage, no pricing information has been given, so feel free to speculate!
Of course if that’s all too much for you, you could just pop over and try to win a Radeon HD 7970 from us, thanks to Gigabyte. Just sayin’.
Source: PC Gamer