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.
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.