For those waiting for a dual Hawaii-based graphics card you might not have to wait that much longer. ASUS is planning to launch their custom built ARES III Hawaii-based card at Computex 2014. The ARES brand is ASUS’s custom built dual-chip graphics lineup based on AMD GPUs.
The ROG ARES III graphics card would feature two Hawaii XT cores, each with 2816 stream processors, 176 TMUs, and 64 ROPs. This gives you a total of 5623 stream processors! The ARES III is said to feature a custom PCB much like the one on the ARES II, which featured dual Tahiti cores. The ARES II had a PCB design that featured a 20 phase VRM. Three 8pin PCI-Express connectors were required to power the card and the TDP was around 500W. The card was cooled with a custom loop hybrid cooler.
The ARES III card would feature 8GB of GDDR5 memory compared to the 6GB on the ARES II. The memory will run across a 512-bit interface. The clock frequencies core the and memory are not mentioned, but we should expect this card to be overclocked out of the box.
ASUS only makes a limited number of ARES cards (usually only $1000). The ARES II sold for $1600 so we can expect the ARES III to sell for somewhere around that. Expect to see this card between Q2 of 2014 and Computex.
Jan 30, 2015 0