By TAN KIT HOONGbytz@thestar.com.my
Serious gamers rejoice, for Asus has just launched the Limited Edition ROG Ares II graphics card, which runs on dual HD 7970 GHz edition Radeon GPUs from AMD.
Asus claims that the ROG Ares II is the most powerful graphics card currently on the market, with a default clock speed of 1,100MHz, overclocked from the GPU's base clock of 1,050MHz.
The Ares II also comes with 6GB of DDR5 video memory, four native DisplayPorts, one single-link DVI and one dual-link DVI.
However, the standout feature is that it comes with a new hybrid liquid/air thermal design.
This uses both an 80mm fan on the card itself as well as a separate 120mm fan block connected via a tube system to a closed-cycle liquid cooling system.
According to Asus, the hybrid cooling system employed by the Ares II runs at 31°C cooler than the competing nVidia GTX 690 reference design.
Being a limited edition item, the ROG Ares II is actually limited to just 1,000 pieces and comes in a special metal briefcase with a bundle of popular new games such as BioShock Infinite and Crysis 3.
Of course with great power comes great price and the Limited Edition ROG Ares II will go for a whopping RM5,599.