Details of an upcoming ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) graphics card have emerged, complete with some early photos, and it seems the company have taken an ATI Radeon HD 5870 and overclocked it. The fettled card cranks the GPU from 850MHz to 900MHz and doubles RAM to 2GB of 4.9Gbps GDDR5 memory. Meanwhile ASUS are apparently making it straightforward to overclock the ROG card a little more again, with up to 1080MHz possible from the GPU and 5.2Gbps from the memory.
Connectivity is DVI, DisplayPort and HDMI, and the ports share the backplate with a Safe Mode button. Pressing this reverts the ROG HD 5870 to a stable configuration, just in case your experiments leave everything inoperable. There are also exposed contacts for multimeter voltage monitoring and a pair of eight-pin PCI Express power connectors.
So that you don't waste any of your system grunt running an overclocking app in the background, ASUS' software will save the settings to the ROG card and then shut down. According to Chinese site Zol the ASUS Republic of Gamers Radeon HD 5870 will be "available immediately", though there's no sign of a price tag.
[via The Tech Report]