ASUS ROG Ares III Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS ROG Ares III Review

Introduction

Writing the introductions is always the most difficult part of our review process. You're all eager to get into the meat of what the product looks like, how it performs, and what we think of it. We're equally eager to show you how amazing/terrible the product is. After all, we already know whether jaws are about to drop and bank accounts empty.

Rarely is this more apropos than with the ASUS Ares range of graphics cards. The quality and power available to regular GPUs is such that the market for specialist cards has dwindled until the ASUS Ares is the last one standing. We have to admire their dedication to blowing our minds with strokes of genius when they are freed from the sanity of market forces. Whether it was the mad original Ares or the barnstorming Ares II, there is a level of performance above and beyond expectations of even a high-end card when we find an Ares upon our desk, so let's get on and see how the Ares III stacks up.

Specifications

As you would expect to find the latest Ares III has jaw-dropping specifications, with a GPU core speed of over 1GHz coupled to a whopping 8GB of 5GHz effective GDDR5. The inclusion of the AMD Gold Reward will also get you up and running swiftly with three games from a selection that is getting somewhat long in the tooth but still contains some rip-roaring titles. However, we're certain that you're not buying a factory waterblock R9 295X2 for the chance to Guacamelee, so let's see what the ASUS Ares III has under the hood.

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Most Recent Comments

29-09-2014, 06:16:17

Tripp
Ooooo this is going to be goodQuote

29-09-2014, 06:55:57

Excalabur50
This is a nice looking card but I wouldn't go for it over a regular 295x2Quote

29-09-2014, 07:46:58

G-Dubs
Mmmmm Kidney or Son....Kidney or Son? Don't have a son so it'll have to be a Kidney. There's never a gang of Triad organ harvesters around when you want one is thereQuote

29-09-2014, 08:13:37

Kushiro
Tom any chance your going to be able to get us some overclocking results? or has the card already been sent on its way? If these were indeed cherry picked to the extreme, I would like to see what they can do.Quote

03-10-2014, 22:18:47

deadeyeduck
The Good : So far from what I've seen this card is excellent, a bit pricey but excellent. I think the few good things to remember are the card has a full cover water block and won't have the warranty voided and its a super slim single slot card ready to go out of the box. I mean with a good custom loop you could have a sweet mini itx rig capable of awesome frame rates. Maximus VII Impact + ARES III = AWESOME!.
The Bad: for the money I think there are a lot better options plus I still think AMD lacks a lot with their drivers especially for CF. Also in ASUS's defense a little bit I think the r9 series GPU's are good but not good enough to choose over NVIDIA especially now with the release of the 970 and 980.


@ Newbie_NS810

There aren't any really complete reviews yet so far Tom here at OC3D has the best but this website http://pcdiy.asus.com/2014/10/tested...295-x2-review/ has a really good temp test breakdown and they also oc'd the card to 1125 gpu - 5500 memory at 1.3mV.Quote
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