Friday, July 16th 2010

ASUS Working on MARS II Dual GTX 480 Graphics Accelerator

After treating the enthusiast community to the Republic of Gamers (ROG) ARES Dual HD 5870 graphics accelerator, ASUS isn't wasting any time is designing its successor, referred to (for now) as "MARS II". This graphics accelerator uses two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 480 (GF100) GPUs on one board, that's right, the first dual-GPU accelerator based on GF100, which is dreaded for its thermal and electrical characteristics so much, that NVIDIA is content with having the second-fastest graphics card in the market (GTX 480), with no immediate plans of working on a dual-GPU accelerator.

ASUS' ambitious attempt is in the design stage deep inside its R&D, where the design is in an evaluation state. The R&D gave us some exclusive pictures of the MARS II PCB to treat you with. To begin with, the card's basic design is consistent with almost every other dual-GPU NVIDIA card in recent past. There are two independent GPU systems, each with its own VRM and memory, which are interconnected by an internal SLI, and connected to the system bus by an nForce 200 bridge chip. On this card, two GF100 GPUs with the same configuration as GeForce GTX 480 (GF100-375-A3) are used, each having 480 CUDA cores, and connecting to 1536 MB of GDDR5 memory across a 384-bit wide memory interface.

ASUS' innovations kick in right from the PCB, since it takes a lot of effort to keep such a design electrically stable, as well form an overclockers' product. MARS II uses a PCB with 3 oz copper layers to increase electrical stability, and used a strong VRM. Each GPU system is fed by an 8+2 phase VRM of its own, which use a new Super Alloy choke that reduces core energy loss. The card takes its power input from three 8-pin power inputs, which are fused.

The card is quad SLI capable, and can pair with another of its kind (and probably single GTX 480s). To cool this monstrosity, ASUS is coming up with a beefier than ever cooling solution. With the product being still at an evaluation stage, how long it will take to reach production, or whether it will in the first place, remains to be seen.
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87 Comments on ASUS Working on MARS II Dual GTX 480 Graphics Accelerator

#1
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
Oh, looks like they compacted it. I thought ASUS was constructing a hyperbolic cooling tower in your backyard.

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#2
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
The cooling tower is for when you run quad SLI :D
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#3
lism
Geezus.

This is defenitly a huge monster.
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#4
BraveSoul
i like this, u get to play all the games at full, and it serves as a heater, seriously, it gets so cold in my room during winter, my hands get numb and i cant shoot as good :(
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#5
[Ion]
WCG Team Assistant
Damn :eek:

Power draw that would double that of my entire computer :eek:
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#6
the54thvoid
By jove I've got it!!!

I'm going to get two and seal them in a vacuum chamber - run off the heat pipes into a water tank and boil the water. The water will boil off into steam which i'll push through pipes to create pressure to turn a generator and create power from it - which i can then use to power my cards.....

:wtf:
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[Ion]
WCG Team Assistant
by: the54thvoid
By jove I've got it!!!

I'm going to get two and seal them in a vacuum chamber - run off the heat pipes into a water tank and boil the water. The water will boil off into steam which i'll push through pipes to create pressure to turn a generator and create power from it - which i can then use to power my cards.....

:wtf:
:wtf: :roll:

Something about laws of thermodynamics I think :p
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#9
AsRock
TPU addict
by: Kreij
Leaked pic from the MARS II R&D Cooling lab ....

http://img.techpowerup.org/100716/giant_fan.jpg
Np just need some good headphones and attach the fan to ermm the window ?. Although still be required to remove a good part of your house too. But just imagine peoples reactions LMAO.
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#10
AKlass
I wouldn't be surprise if these cost 2k each and came standard with a LN2 pot. Or cost 3k each for the card and a freon compressor. Or cost some ridiculousness amount, take up 3 slots and has as much silver/copper/fans that the PCB can hold.
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#12
Tank
liewe moer!

that's huge...
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#13
DaJMasta
Gross. I look at the picture and I can't help but think that this card is the Double Down of the PC graphics world.
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#14
LAN_deRf_HA
This card might stay on top of the performance pile for a long while actually, since I don't believe there will be any die shrinks till deep into next year, just attempts at making the current stuff more efficient.
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#15
mdsx1950
Finally!

This card will probably be better than the ARES so its gonna cost a fortune. :p
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#16
a_ump
honestly tho i can't see there being a problem with putting stock waterblocks on them. I can see em going for $1299-1499, and at that price its not enthusiasts that'll be getting em but extremists. And probly same scenario of only 1000 being made, won't have a problem selling them.
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#17
wiak
w1zzard is gonna grill some beef on this one when he reviews it :P
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#18
wiak
dont you w1zzard i know you are here :P
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#19
TheMailMan78
Banstick Dummy
My power bill just spiked looking at the photos!
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#20
Tartaros
Maybe what dr. Emmet Brown said about buying uranium in a drugstore is not so far in time... we'll need it if asus is going to make a supadupa card everytime ati or nvidia releases a gpu :P
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#21
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
by: wiak
w1zzard is gonna grill some beef on this one when he reviews it :P
Whats he gonna use to power two of those damn things?(maybe a solid 1600w im thinking)
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#22
erocker
This thing could heat a small apartment. It actually wouldn't be that bad of a purchase if you would use it to heat your pad and I'm not joking. You could run some nice duct-work out the back of your case.
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#23
erek
by: arroyo
Meh... few months from now the new generation of GPU will come and this card would be on the same performance level as new mainstream one. Why they build such a monster? There always be enthisiasts for this ... but what is the point?

Let's see history of mainstream beating pefromence kings:
7800GX2 = 8800GTS
9800GX2 = GTX260
HD3870X2 = HD4850
HD4870X2 = HD5850
you're wrong, the 9800GX2 is faster than a GTX 280
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#24
AphexDreamer
well at least my Broken Matrix 5870 isn't the hottest card in existence any more.
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#25
kid41212003
The most neatly arranged board I have ever seen.
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