You might have heard of the dual-GPU AMD Radeon R9 295X2. Now, it is time to meet its equivalent (sort of) – the brand new ASUS ROG ARES III graphics card which was announced as part of ASUS Republic Of Gamers new product line-up here at Computex 2014. Furthermore, ASUS has also gladly claimed the new ARES III as the world’s fastest graphics card.
Essentially, the newly revealed ASUS ROG ARES III graphics card is the Taiwanese company’s own take on Radeon R9 295X2. This is because the new card is built with the same elements as per R9 295X2: dual AMD Hawaii XT GPUs (hand picked too), and customized thermal solution in the form of a water block.
At 1030MHz, the GPUs on ARES III is slightly faster than a reference Radeon R9-295X although not by much. Additionally, ASUS claimed that the custom, hand-made water block by EK allows the ARES III to operate at a temperature that is 25% cooler than the reference card. Other than the two AMD Hawaii XT GPUs, the ARES III is also equipped with 8GB GDDR5 that runs at 5GHz on a dual 512-bit memory bus just like the reference Radeon R9-295X.
However, make the new ARES III interesting is the fact that ASUS is able to produce it as a slim, single slot graphics card despite ARES III being packed with two high-end GPUs. That being said, the card is still very lengthy and quite hefty when you hold it in your hand.
To be available sometime in Q3 2014, ASUS will only product 500 units of ROG ARES III graphics card with each unit will be individually numbered. No pricing details were revealed at the event but I don’t think we need to tell you that the asking price of the extremely limited ARES III is most probably as hefty as its weight.