ASUS ROG Ares III Review

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ASUS ROG Ares III Review

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To some degree we're slightly disappointed to discover that the Ares III is a pair of R9 290X 'Hawaii XT' GPUs with an EK waterblock. It's hardly the custom PCB affairs we've seen before. Still the R9 295X2, which this is, is absolutely foaming at the mouth with performance, and the combination of watercooling and a factory overclock will only push this further into the stratosphere.

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EK are renowned for their full cover waterblocks and the 295X2 models have been around for a few months now. It's great to see them used by ASUS for the Ares III as you can be certain that the quality will be of the very highest, ensuring the best temperatures and smartest looks. We love the black top with the Ares logo. It's a good looking card, and any opportunity to stop it squealing when overclocked has to be a good thing.

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Strictly speaking neither of the software features are specific to the Ares III, as it's the regular ASUS GPU Tweak, which is excellent, and a desktop version of Twitch. Or Hitbox. Or.

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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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