Asus must have liked the response they received from their limited edition, higher-clocked GTX 295 Mars they showed off last year at Computex, because this CeBIT, it looks like they have the same sort of surprise ready.
Sticking with the Greek/Roman god names, the Republic of Gamers Radeon HD 5970 Ares has been outed by the website Muropaketti.Like the Mars, the Ares will be a limited edition (1000 offered), numbered video card with dual, overclocked GPUs. When the Mars came out, the GTX 295 was the fastest single-card available; this time around, the HD 5970 owns that spot, so it was chosen to be pushed to the limit, by Asus.
As many people don't know, the HD 5970 was more like two HD 5850s GPUs linked together, than instead two HD 5870 GPUs, if you go by the clock speeds. So the Ares is boosting things, with a core clock running 125MHz over the HD 5970's, and the memory clocked 200MHz faster. In addition, the GDDR5 has been doubled -- now to a whopping 4GB. This massive amount of memory would make the Asus Ares the best choice for those very lucky few gamers who might be considering running three to six displays in a crazy Eyefinity gaming setup.
As required, the heatsink for the Ares is a beast in its own right: composed of only copper, Asus is promising that even with all the power, Ares will be quieter than an average HD 5970.
As you can expect, matching the monster specifications of the Ares will be a monstrous price-tag. No numbers have been given yet, but we no price would surprise us -- maybe even something over $1000 USD seems possible.