- 6GB 384-Bit x2 GDDR5
- PCI Express 3.0 x16
Its powerful 02/13/2013
Great for gaming if you have a demanding system. Aside from gaming,which many reviews on the web have covered, there are other neat GPGPU programs that can be used. Previous dual GPU cards could not disable onboard cross-fire but this can. The radiator is huge and includes two fans. It fits a level 10 GTS but might consider buying a new case. This card is very silent.
Well the price is quite high, I will be eating peanut butter and jelly for a few months until my $1500 is earned back. The card is huge, but not as heavy as looks might suggest. Card outputs a tremendous amount of heat, it is heating up my room right now in the winter.
This card is expensive, there are many uses beyond gaming, in fact I might try to mine litecoins (1.150 MH/s with cgminer; 1.375 GH/s bitcoin - not important since ASIC is out) with it when not gaming or programming; this card can in some ways be an alternative to the Firepro S10000. The Tahiti cores in the ARES II are "cherry picked" to be the highest quality chips produced, they are stable and overclock up to 1300 MHz with some voltage tweak.
Lets face it, Tahiti has been out for over a year, new series cards from AMD and nVidia will be released towards the end of 2013, which TSMC will start producing 20nm chips, thus driving down the cost of 28nm chips. The increase in performance between series is usually between 20 to 35% The ARES is clocked at 1100 MHz (10% above GHz 7970, and 18% normal 7970), by overclocking it up to even 1275 results in increase of 27% for GHz 7970 and 37% for normal 7970 - pretty close to supposed "theoretical performance increase" of non OEM 8970.
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