Gli overclocker russi conosciuti con i nickname di "Smoke", "slamms" e "12" - appartenenti al team - hanno stabilito il nuovo record mondiale nel 3DMark03 usando una coppia di schede video Asus ROG ARES II configurate in Quad-CrossFire.

Con uno score di 283017 i tre ragazzi lasciano indietro di oltre 8000 punti i secondi in classifica (4 x HD7970 Lightning) e conquistano la vetta di uno dei più celebri benchmark grafici di Futuremark.

Le due schede video sono state affiancate da una CPU i7-3770k overcloccata a 6.7 GHz e raffreddata ad azoto liquido, montata su un scheda madre Maximus V Extreme con 8GB di RAM DDR3. Per migliorare la dissipazione del sistema ibrido (aria+ acqua) che caratterizza le ROG ARES II, sui radiatore dell'impianto a liquido è stato posizionato un "tolotto per RAM" precedentemente riempito con dell'azoto liquido, mentre una ventola da 120mm è stata sistema sopra gli heatsink delle due schede.  


Questa configurazione artigianale ha permesso ai 4 chip Tahiti XT2 di funzionare a 1230 MHz senza overvolt.

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Press Release

Taipei, Taiwan—26 February, 2013

ASUS ROG ARES II Helps Set New 3DMark03 World Record

Limited edition graphics card features hybrid air and liquid cooling plus dual GPU power for the fastest gaming and overclocking

Taipei, Taiwan (26 February, 2013) – ASUS ROG today announced that the limited edition ARES II graphics card helped world-famous overclocking team establish an all-new  3DMark03 world record of 283017 marks. ARES II uses dual Radeon™ HD 7970 GHz Edition GPUs on one PCB, and features a proprietary hybrid thermal architecture. This ASUS ROG development integrates a liquid cooling block and dual dust-proof fans, lowering temperatures by a remarkable 31°C compared to a reference GTX 690 graphics card. ARES II further employs 20-phase power delivery, optimized for overclocking by DIGI+ VRM digital voltage controls and heavy-duty Super Alloy Power components. For easy card tuning, it includes user-friendly GPU Tweak.   


All-new 3DMark03 record: 283,017 marks

Using ARES II, renowned overclockers Smoke, slamms, and 12 of fame have established the highest 3DMark03 score ever. At 283017 marks, they have exceeded the previous milestone in the classic Futuremark® utility by 8103 marks (the former record was 274914). The setup for the achievement included two ARES II cards in CrossFireX™ (effectively four Radeon™ HD 7970 GHz Edition GPUs), an Ivy Bridge Intel® Core™ i7-3770K CPU, and an ROG Maximus V Extreme motherboard with 8GB DDR3 memory. The CPU was clocked at 6.711GHz, and the operating system was Windows 7 64-bit


ARES II: extreme power and hybrid cooling

The 2-slot ARES II features twin Radeon™ HD 7970 GHz Edition GPUs clocked at 1.1GHz.  It employs 6GB of GDDR5 set to 6.6GHz. ARES II uses a proprietary hybrid thermal design that incorporates liquid and air cooling, with a liquid cooling/fan block that fits over any 120mm case fan grille for easy assembly. Pipes funnel liquid to dual dust-proof fans placed over each GPU. This innovation leads to 31°C lower temperatures than a reference GTX 690. ARES II is up to 130% faster than a single-GPU reference Radeon™ HD 7970 graphics card.


DIGI+ VRM and Super Alloy Power: driving more accurate overclocking

ARES II features 20-phase power delivery with highly precise DIGI+ VRM digital voltage regulation. This gives overclockers pinpoint voltage-tuning accuracy, making ARES II a formidable world record-setting graphics card. Super Alloy Power components include solid state capacitors, MOSFETs, and concrete-core chokes, all hardened to withstand heat and high-demand applications. With these exclusive ASUS ROG features, ARES II offers reliability and dependability for hardcore overclocking require.


GPU Tweak: making top-flight power accessible

ARES II works with the exclusive GPU Tweak graphics card tuning utility to put its immense power at the disposal of enthusiasts. A clear and direct interface offers extensive clock and fan speed adjustments, voltage modification, and easy creation of power profiles and overall presets for specific games and applications.



ASUS ROG ARES II is currently available in limited supply, with an MSRP of US$1500. Due to its limited edition status, customers are advised to contact local retailers for availability information.



Model name


Graphics engine

AMD Radeon™ HD 7970 GHz Edition x 2

System bus

PCI Express 3.0 x 16

Video memory


GPU boost clock

1100MHz (1050MHz base clock)

Memory clock

6600MHz (1650MHz GDDR5)

Memory interface

768-bit (384-bit x 2)


1 x single link DVI

1 x dual link DVI

1 x HDMI via adapter

4 x native DisplayPort

Bundled accessories

3 x 8-pin power cable

1 x DVI to HDMI adapter

1 x extended CrossFireX™ bridge


Card: 11.8-inch x 5.5-inch x 1.8-inch

Fan block: 4.6-inch x 5.8-inch x 1.9-inch

Fan: 4.7-inch x 4.7-inch x 1-inch

Liquid cooling tube length: 13.4-inch

Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors.


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