Breaking it Open
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Getting inside the ARES card is easy and only requires a basic screwdriver.  You start with the 8 screws holding the shroud in place.

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Underneath you will see the fan, copper heatsinks for the GPUs and the black heatsink used for the memory and other devices. 

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Getting the copper heatsinks off only requires another 8 screws.

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Here you can see the pair of HD 5870 / Evergreen GPUs revealed. 

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This is the big reveal on the back of the card…

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Removing everything from the front gives us a great view of the custom designed PCB from ASUS as well as the mystery third chip.

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This is the ATI-built PCI Express bridge chip that connects the two HD 5870s to one another as well as the physical x16 PCIe bus.

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