ASUS ROG ARES II Radeon HD 7990 - The God of War Returns

Launch SRP: S$2499

Test Setup

Test Setup

We've finally replaced our old test rig with a brand new one for 2013. Here are the new specs we'll be running with:

  • Intel Core i7-3960X (3.3GHz)
  • ASUS P9X79 Pro (Intel X79 chipset) Motherboard
  • 4 x 2GB DDR3-1600 G.Skill Ripjaws Memory
  • Seagate 7200.10 200GB SATA hard drive (OS)
  • Western Digital Caviar Black 7200 RPM 1TB SATA hard drive (Benchmarks + Games)
  • Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit

Here's the list of cards we'll be testing. Obviously we'll be testing all cards using their OC/Boost BIOS settings:

  • ASUS ROG ARES II Radeon HD 7990 6GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 13.1)
  • PowerColor Devil 13 Radeon HD 7990 6GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 6GB GDDR5 CrossFireX (2-way) (AMD Catalyst 13.1)
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 4GB GDDR5 (ForceWare 310.90)
  • AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition 3GB GDDR5 (AMD Catalyst 12.11 Beta)

We've also updated our benchmark list, adding Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Far Cry 3, Assassin's Creed 3 and Hitman: Absolution. We've also updated Unigine from version 2.1 to 3.0.

  • Futuremark 3DMark 11
  • Unigine 3.0 "Heaven"
  • Battlefield: Bad Company 2
  • Crysis Warhead
  • Crysis 2
  • Dirt 3
  • Assassin's Creed 3
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops 2
  • Hitman: Absolution
  • Far Cry 3
8.0
Performance
9.5
Features
9
Value
4
The Good
Most powerful graphics card available right now
Unique hybrid liquid/air cooling system with low running temperatures
2-slot card should fit in most cases
The Bad
Astronomically expensive
Questionable timing - next generation GPUs should be unveiled soon
Plain aesthetics
High power consumption
Awards:
Best Gaming Rig