Thursday, August 13th 2009

ASUS Dual-GTX 285 MARS Detailed Further, Priced

ASUS' pixel-crunching monstrosity, the dual-GTX 285 MARS 4GB was unveiled earlier this year at Computex. It claims to be the most powerful graphics card ever made, as it packs two fully-loaded GeForce GTX 285 GPUs which are factory overclocked, and equipped with 2 GB each of GDDR3 memory (4 GB total memory). The card further edges GeForce GTX 295, by using 512-bit memory interfaces for each GPU. The card further carries the clock speeds of GeForce GTX 285, at 648/1476/2400 MHz (core/shader/memory).

Fresh information suggests that that this limited-edition graphics card is another week away from shipping. 1000 units are produced in all, and the company doesn't plan on making any more. What's interesting however is that most, if not all, of these 1000 units have been pre-ordered and paid for. Enthusiasts don't seem to have a problem paying US $1250 (1250 EUR) for a piece, its price. Below are some tasty press-shots of this really tall accelerator, fully assembled. Pictures of its PCB and components can be viewed in our older article here.

Renowned overclocker Kinc put the card to a public overclocking demonstration. Two of these accelerators in quad-SLI were cooled with custom-designed liquid-nitrogen evaporators. We are gathering details of this feat. Techpowerup will be one of the first to take this accelerator for a spin, so watch this space for more.
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46 Comments on ASUS Dual-GTX 285 MARS Detailed Further, Priced

#1
Velvet Wafer
lol i wanna see what they get for an rma if their card dies... there is no one available anymore...
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newtekie1
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by: Velvet Wafer
lol i wanna see what they get for an rma if their card dies... there is no one available anymore...
When that time comes, probably one of the next gen cards, just like the lucky bastards that traded in 8800GTX's and got back GTX280s and such...
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Velvet Wafer
arent rmas based on performance, not on price?:p
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newtekie1
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by: Velvet Wafer
arent rmas based on performance, not on price?:p
Usually, but some people get lucky and the companies send cards out that are nice upgrades from what they sent in.
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Velvet Wafer
by: newtekie1
Usually, but some people get lucky and the companies send cards out that are nice upgrades from what they sent in.
who determines that`? do you you know?;)
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newtekie1
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by: Velvet Wafer
who determines that`? do you you know?;)
It is all up to the company.
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#7
Nick89
It better be great in CAD.
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#8
W1zzard
by: Nick89
It better be great in CAD.
this is not a cad card, what makes you think it is ?
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What happens when you need an RMA and they don't have any left? Give you the next "best" thing which... well there is none. Give em a raincheck!
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Nick89
by: W1zzard
this is not a cad card, what makes you think it is ?
I know its not, but with 4GB of memory and a 1250$ price tag you would think it should be.
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#11
qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
Buy MARS, lose street cred

A significant part of the reason for buying something like this, is to show it off to your friends, in real life or online. If everyone thinks you're a dick for getting it, then you lose all credibility and it defeats the purpose, doesn't it?

Even though I wouldn't get this even if I was rich enough, I wouldn't personally put someone down for it. I'd be glad for them and be happy to let them talk about it - and find the justification especially interesting. I'd also be curious to see some benchmarks.
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#12
Jakethesnake011
Looks like an amazing card. Now if I were a hard hard core bencher I would buy 2 of these and blow world records away. Kingpin will have 2, Hipro will have 2, but use "normal" overclockers will probably not unless we re-finance our homes to do such. I think ASUS is a little too late with the card since AMD is just around the corner with DX11, but will these beat out AMD's new DX11 cards in benchmarks? I would like to see the 2 go head to head in 4 way sli and 4 way crossfire
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#13
Wile E
Power User
If I were rich, I'd buy them. But I think they should be no more than $800.
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#14
DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: qubit
A significant part of the reason for buying something like this, is to show it off to your friends, in real life or online. If everyone thinks you're a dick for getting it, then you lose all credibility and it defeats the purpose, doesn't it?

Even though I wouldn't get this even if I was rich enough, I wouldn't personally put someone down for it. I'd be glad for them and be happy to let them talk about it - and find the justification especially interesting. I'd also be curious to see some benchmarks.
I didnt think us geeks had Street cred to begin with :laugh:
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qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: DrPepper
I didnt think us geeks had Street cred to begin with :laugh:
Hell yeah, ya gadda point. :) I guess I mean credibility between us geeks. If you look at the posts on this thread, most of them say something along the lines of they wouldn't get it and you'd have to be an idiot to.

Hence, buying this card is unlikely to impress anyone, not even peers.
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DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: qubit
Hell yeah, ya gadda point. :) I guess I mean credibility between us geeks. If you look at the posts on this thread, most of them say something along the lines of they wouldn't get it and you'd have to be an idiot to.

Hence, buying this card is unlikely to impress anyone, not even peers.
I'd get two just cause they would look fantastic in the rig.
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qubit
Overclocked quantum bit
by: DrPepper
I'd get two just cause they would look fantastic in the rig.
Oh stop it, you're making me want them now! And my resistance is low... lol :)

Bodar has ordered them and I wish him all the best with them, with just a little envy. :D

I do like the oddness of 8GB of video RAM and 2GB of system RAM, hehe.
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DrPepper
The Doctor is in the house
by: qubit
Oh stop it, you're making me want them now! And my resistance is low... lol :)

Bodar has ordered them and I wish him all the best with them, with just a little envy. :D

I do like the oddness of 8GB of video RAM and 2GB of system RAM, hehe.
lul more video ram than system ram :laugh:

My wallet screams dont buy them you twat but my heart says do it you prick.
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#19
trt740
Correct me if I'm wrong all this is, is two 285 gtx 2gb cards back to back with a bridge connecting them in a very nice enclosure. Considering you could buy two 285 gtx at about 800.00 that's a bit steep. However, it's still cool and DX11 won't be widely used for at least a year and maybe not then DX10 took a long time to institute.
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PP Mguire
by: AddSub
$1250? You will be able to pick up this "rare" item on eBay for around $100 or less 12 months or so from now. (You can expect all GTX2xx cards to take GM-like dive in value post GTX3xx release.) I remember few years ago some limited edition PNY 8800Ultra card cost nearly the same amount (around $1100 or so) and I remember seeing that same card about year after its launch going for around $150 on eBay. Another example was that "Gold" limited edition GeForce3 Ti 500 back in 2001 (gold colored PCB, not real gold though, something like only 500 were made), it was going for around $600 at launch. Little bit over a year later it was going for less than $150. Mass produced electronics, even in relatively smaller quantities, generally do not increase in value over time. (With few exceptions of course, but this "ASUS Mars" ain't it.)
Wrong. 8800Ultras still go for almost 300 bucks on Ebay all these years later.

by: KainXS
When the GT300 comes out and smokes this for 1/3 the price, I will be the first to call the people who buy this even if they're rich retards

the only reason I can see a valid reason for buying this at such a retarded price if if you 1 have millions and millions of dollars or 2 for testing purposes only

its not a collectors item
Yes, it is. Something that is only made in a limited quantity that is rare to get is considered a collectors item.

by: trt740
Correct me if I'm wrong all this is, is two 285 gtx 2gb cards back to back with a bridge connecting them in a very nice enclosure. Considering you could buy two 285 gtx at about 800.00 that's a bit steep. However, it's still cool and DX11 won't be widely used for at least a year and maybe not then DX10 took a long time to institute.
Ok, ill correct you. With this you can have 4 GTX285s totaling to 8GB video memory in Quad SLI. You cant do that for 800 bucks and 2 GTX285 cards.
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