ASUS ROG Ares III Review

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It wouldn't be a £1400 graphics card, or indeed an Ares, if it didn't come in some of most awe-inspiring packaging around. We don't care what you might feel about the Ares III as a concept, when you've got that metal case in your hands and open it to reveal the beautifully crafted innards, it's hard not to swoon.

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Obviously the Ares card itself is the main event here, but the included water-cooling barbs are good quality too and everything is laid out with the kind of precision that we'd expect at this end of the market. 

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There is very little to say about the looks because everything is covered by that EK waterblock. It would be easy to enjoy the number showing which of the 500 pieces you've obtained, but given the shouting that ASUS are doing about "hand carved waterblock" we'd hope they could hand carve a number into it too.

The leading edge is semitransparent which lets you see the extreme quality of the power components, which is good because with three 8pin PCIe power inputs the Ares III definitely isn't light on your electricity bill. Let's be honest though, if you can afford one of these you probably don't care about another 50p in the meter. It does however highlight the greatly improved power phases ASUS have crammed onto the PCB.

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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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