Editors Liked

  • Great packaging, very good performance, low idle and load temps, unique design
  • Top performance, reasonably compact design, large memory, limited edition card
  • Bragging Rights, Fastest graphics card on the planet, Overclocked out of the box, Quiet in idle, Good overclocking potential (for a dual GPU card), Awesome looks, Easy to use for extreme overclockers (GPU heatsinks are separate), Native HDMI output w/ aud

Editors Didn't Like

  • Too expensive, gobbles power, Fan is noisy on load
  • Since AMD's next-generation 'Southern Islands' HD6000 line of GPUs is just around the corner, there might have to be an Ares 2 soon
  • Expensive, Really expensive, Noisy under load, Greatly increased power consumption vs. HD 5970, Only 10% faster than HD 5970, Dual GPU design requires driver support to work at its best, Triple slot design, Heavy, No support for CUDA/PhysX