During a quick check of our favorite search engine we noticed that Asus' CES 2013 pride and joy, also known as the Asus Ares II dual HD 7970 limited edition graphics card, is actually available all over Europe.
Although we are looking at a very impressive dual-GPU graphics card paired up with hefty water-cooling system, the fact that the lowest price is set at €1272,29 in the UK and €1349 in both Germany and Austria, simply makes it a most meaningles graphics card that we have ever seen. Even the Powercolor's limited edition dual HD 7970 Devil13 graphics card is cheaper with a lowest price tag set at €939,84.
Of course, we must mention that you can actually buy two MSI R7970 Lightning Boost Edition 3GB graphics cards at €444,36 a piece (€888,72 for a pair) or even go for Sapphire's Vapor-X HD 7970 GHz Edition 6GB selling for €491,29 a piece (€982,58 for a pair).
Of course, we understand that this is a limited edition card, a collector's dream, but those things do not give it any more meaning.
In any case, if Ares II is just what you were looking for, you certainly will not have any trouble finding it in anywhere in Europe as it appears to be widely available.
Jan 19, 13 at 9:27pm
didn't see the video that randome posted but in anther vid i saw they said that the fan is there to cool just the vrm and ram chips.
Jan 14, 13 at 5:08am
air AND water cooling? huh, theres something new. why not just have two different models so that each can specialise with their respective cooling method?
Jan 12, 13 at 3:07pm
The ARES II (2 x 7970 with a total of 6 GB memory) will be out soon.
It's going to have a combination of air and water cooling and it's going to cost about 1'500 dollars + what the store wants + transport fees = probably no less than 1'800 dollars. I'm pretty sure it's possible to get two usual 7970s and water cooling kits for them for less than that and end up with something slightly better, but what do I know?
So I wonder how the other 2 x 7970 super bad-ass editions (listed in this thread) are doing in comparison.
Aug 29, 12 at 10:38am
The only* recent high-end 2 GPU cards that haven't had their performance turned down are:
ASUS Ares (2 x AMD 5870).
ASUS Mars (2 x GTX 285).
ASUS Mars II (2 x GTX 580).
ASUS Mars III (2 x GTX 680) - (not out yet).
PowerColor DEVIL13 HD7990 (2 x 7970).
*There's probably more, but I can't remember them.
Aug 29, 12 at 9:14am
Nope, most of those cards like the 590 were actually dual 570's due to power and heat issues so you took a performance hit. AMD operated much the same, the 5970 was dual 5850's unless vendors made their own cards with 5870 chips and used their own self appointed performance rating. The 6990 was dual 6950's from what I recall and the list goes on for tweaking with dual 460's and etc.
It's a heck of a card, unfortunately it seems like few will be able to swing the cash to get one let alone two of them.
Aug 29, 12 at 8:50am
Aren't all dualchip cards like that meant to be? The GTX690 itself is 2 680s made to act as if it was one.
That acftually does look a beast, with quality packaging. I don't suppose anyone has gotten a hold of one and benchmarked it yet? Interesting to see it packaged with a crossfire cable... who on earth is gonna have enough money or any need to crossfire that?