Jan 04, 2014 Written by: MarshallR

Press Release: Republic of Gamers Announces Ares III

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ZOMG it's the ARES III! ROG's annual faster-than-the-fastest-dual-GPU-single-card-graphics card has launched. This year it's a single slot, dual R9-290X with 8GB of GDDR5 (4 per GPU) with exclusively designed EK water block. We've got an unboxing - or uncasing (yep, it comes in the metal suitcase you can see below) - and full gallery prepared for next week, so be sure to keep an eye out for that! 

Each ARES III is numbered for exclusivity and as ever there's a limited number made, so if you really want one, be sure to get in quick this month because once they're gone - they're gone! Remember you'll need a water cooling kit to hook it up to, so be sure to add one to the basket as you buy. And send us pics of the finished result!

The stock OC of 1,030MHz is deliberately quite conservative to better fit the cooling capacity of a wider range of water cooling setups, but the 3x 8-pin power connectors, ROG's beefed up Super Alloy VRMs and fully custom PCB provide ample overhead for overclocking with GPU Tweak, once you know everything is good to go!

Hit the PR button below the pics for more details.

Addendum 5th Sept 2014: An earlier version of our press release erroneously referred to a MicroSD card. This has been corrected to USB flash drive.


Press Release

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces Ares III

The world’s fastest water-cooled dual R9 290X gaming graphics card performing 15% faster than GTX Titan Z in 4K/UHD ultra-high resolution


Taipei, Taiwan (5th September, 2014) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the limited-edition Ares III, the world’s fastest water-cooled gaming graphics card with a slim, single-slot form factor. Powered by dual AMD Radeon Hawaii XT R9 290X GPUs factory-overclocked at 1030MHz, and boasting 8GB of GDDR5 memory with a clock speed of 5000MHz, ROG Ares III delivers blazingly-fast performance. In 3DMark Fire Strike Extreme testing, this monster card performs 15% faster and runs Battlefield 4 at frame rates 33% greater than GTX Titan Z in 4K Ultra High Definition (3840x2160) resolution.

Featuring a hand-carved EK water block, ROG Ares III has a premium, water-cooled design that provides 25% cooler temperatures than the reference Radeon R9 295X2. ROG Ares III is made with exclusive ASUS Super Alloy Power components for enhanced durability and cooling, and comes with GPU Tweak for overclocking and online streaming that is as simple as it is flexible.


Engineering craftsmanship in a limited-edition card

Meticulously-engineered and carefully-crafted with close attention to detail, ROG Ares III includes premium design elements such as its sleek form factor and EK water block that is hand-carved for a precision fit with the card. This ultimate water-cooled graphics card runs 25% cooler than the reference R9 295X2. Under the Fire Strike Extreme benchmark, ROG Ares III runs 15% faster than GTX Titan Z. In 4K Ultra High Definition (3840x2160) resolution, it runs Battlefield 4 at an incredible 33% greater frame rate.

ROG Ares III will be manufactured in a limited run of just 500 individually-numbered units, making it highly-collectible.


Digi+ VRM with black metallic capacitors and 16-phase Super Alloy Power

ROG Ares III features Digi+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) technology with a 16-phase concrete-core power design and Japanese-made 10K black metallic capacitors, reducing power noise by 30% and enhancing energy efficiency by 15% without generating distracting whines and buzzes, compared to the reference 12-phase Radeon R9 295X. Digi+ VRM also widens voltage-modulation tolerance and improves overall stability and increases overclocking potential.


ROG-themed GPU Tweak and live streaming utility

ROG Ares III comes with GPU Tweak, an exclusive ASUS tool that enables users to squeeze the very best performance from their graphics card. GPU Tweak provides the ability to finely control clock speeds, voltages, fan performance and more in real time from an intuitive user interface, so overclocking is easy and can be carried out with high confidence.

GPU Tweak also includes a streaming tool that lets users share on-screen action over the internet in real time, meaning others can watch live as games are played. It is even possible to add a title to the streaming window along with scrolling text, pictures and webcam images.



ROG ARES III will be available from early September. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.



Model name


Graphics engine

AMD Radeon R9 290X x2

Bus standard

PCI Express® 3.0


OpenGL 4.4

Video memory


Engine clock


Memory clock


Memory interface

512-bit x2

Digital max resolution

4096 X 2160

DVI output

1 x Native Dual-link DVI-D

HDMI output

1 x Native HDMI

HDCP compliant



1 x Native DisplayPort 1.2

Adapters/cables bundled

3 x Power cable

1 x AMD Radeon Gold Reward game coupon

2 x G1/4 threaded fitting

1 x ROG 8GB USB flash drive

Software bundled

ASUS utilities and driver

GPU Tweak


5.67 x 11.81in


[1]   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.


Full specifications are available at www.asus.com




About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,256 awards in 2013 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 13,600 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 4,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2013 was approximately US$14 billion.

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