High-end customers, hardcore gamers and overclockers seem to suffer from a quiet, and in some cases not so quiet, fascination with each PC component, which is why we often find systems and hardware components being thoroughly picked apart.
On this momentous occasion, the Ares II Dual-GPU HD 7990 graphics card has become the latest object of scrutiny on the part of websites like VideoCardz.
VideoCardz has posted a full image gallery, made of official press photos, but it also scored a few extra points by getting a render of the PCB as well.
The printed circuit board is everything anyone could expect from the slab of plastic and metal that supports a pair of the strongest GPUs on the market right now.
In fact, it might even be the most complex single-PCB dual-chip adapter, complete with the strongest VRM in history.
Electronics designers and engineers have really come a long way from when this technology started to pick up steam in the eighties.
As seen in the photo, the card has a black PCB with digital PWM circuitry, so that each GPU has an 8-phase vGPU and 2-phase vMem.
Each zone has its own voltage controller as well, though the source of their energy is the same: a trio of 8-pin inputs.
That's right, this behemoth has three 8-pin PCI Express power inputs, even though normal graphics cards run on a single 6-pin plug.
As for performance, the ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Ares 2 dual-HD 7970 graphics adapter works the two GPUs at 1050 / 1100 MHz (Base/boost). The 6 GB of GDDR5 VRAM is provided by 24 Hynix memory chips, 12 on each side of the card (no clock was specified, sadly).
Finally, ASUS' new board has DVI-D, DVI-I and four DisplayPorts, without which there wouldn't be any Eyefinity 6 support.
ASUS Ares 2 Dual-HD Radeon 7970 Card PCB Pictured
The card that ASUS showed at CES 2013 has been stripped bare
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