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AMD Gaming PC w/ Asus ROG Ares III Limited Edition

Built on 10/08/14


Full Specs

AMD FX-9590 4.7GHz 220W
AMD Gamer Series DDR3-2133 4GB (4)
Asus ROG Ares III: Limited Edition GPU
Samsung 840 Pro 512GB SSD
Fractal Design Define XL R2 Titanium Grey w/ Window (Performance Liquid Cooling Package)
Antec HCP-1300 Platinum 1300W Power Supply
Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit OEM

Additional Notes

This gaming PC features an AMD-based motherboard, CPU, RAM, and video card installed in our custom Fractal Design Define XL liquid cooled system with red LED lighting. Even with the LED lighting and liquid cooling loop, the star of this system is definitely the Asus ROG Ares III: Limited Edition video card.

The Asus ROG ARES III is similar to the AMD Radeon R9 295x2 in that it actually has two GPU cores instead of just one, but unlike the R9 295x2 the Ares III uses a pair of overclocked R9 290X GPU cores instead of a pair of R9 290 GPU cores. To handle the thermal output of this card (which requires three 8-pin PCI-E power cables) Asus has pre-installed a custom EK waterblock. Even under full load, this waterblock kept the GPU cores on this card below 65*C in our liquid cooled system.

While this technically makes the Ares III the fastest gaming GPU currently available, the performance increase over the R9 295x2 is only about 1-2% in most games. At the same time, the waterblock means that this is currently the absolute most power you can possibly fit into a single PCI slot.

Like most liquid cooled cards, the Ares III is a fairly hefty card. To prevent any possibility of long-term damage to the PCI-E slot, we designed a custom brace to provide additional support for the card. Only 500 Ares III: Limited Edition cards are in existence, which makes this a unique and powerful gaming PC.

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