Monday, May 30th 2011

ASUS MARS II Graphics Card Pictured

The Republic of Gamers MARS II, detailed earlier, is a new custom dual-GF110 based graphics card in the works at ASUS. Here are some of its first pictures, revealing a monstrosity that's about as long as a Radeon HD 5970, a couple of inches higher, and three slots thick. Its cooler sticks to the black+red color scheme in use with ASUS ROG products for a while now, and uses an intricate cutout design.

The shroud suspends two 120 mm high-sweep fans that blow air on to two heatsinks with highly dense aluminum fin arrays to which heat is fed by copper heat pipes. The card draws power from three 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors. The card uses two NVIDIA GF110 GPUs with the same core configuration and clock profile as GeForce GTX 580, effectively making MARS II a dual-GTX 580, which also provides the overclocking headroom of a GTX 580, something impossible on a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 590.
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70 Comments on ASUS MARS II Graphics Card Pictured

#4
Funtoss
:O wow, it wont even fit in my case!
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#5
legends84
I want one :cry: .. but couldn't afford....

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#6
Relayer
by: theJesus
W1z, any plans on doing a review of this? It would be great to see how it compares to a 590.
@ 1.2v. :snicker:
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#8
W1zzard
i'm sure asus will let me try 1.2v to get the "wizz proof" seal
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#9
theJesus
I would pay extra for that on a graphics card lol
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#10
Relayer
So, is this 1.5GB or 3GB per GPU? If 1.5GB it's not worth any more than the 590 and will still be walked on by the 6990 at resolutions and IQ settings that matter for a card of this pedigree.
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#11
theJesus
Ooh, 6gb on the card would be nice. That's more VRAM than I have system RAM :laugh:
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#13
douglatins
They fucked up the heatsink fins on that, they are BEEEEENT!
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#16
mlee49
by: douglatins
They fucked up the heatsink fins on that, they are BEEEEENT!
See post #16.
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#17
phox
by: silkstone
Due to the clocks. A 590 is a dual 580. I guess they can as it's not a reference design...
Incorrect, this is significantly more powerful, and with more cores than the 590. The 590 is what is more worthless. It is two 570s, yet if you ran two 570s in SLI, you would get better framerate, and a cheaper price than the 590. If anybody wants the power/performance of this asus mars 2, I would recommend using a workstation card. Preferably the Quadro 4000 if your budget is over 1k for a single card; However, the Quadro 2000 is roughly the same price (maybe a little more) than the GTX590, but with much greater performance and lifespan.
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#18
blibba
by: phox
Incorrect, this is significantly more powerful, and with more cores than the 590. The 590 is what is more worthless. It is two 570s, yet if you ran two 570s in SLI, you would get better framerate, and a cheaper price than the 590. If anybody wants the power/performance of this asus mars 2, I would recommend using a workstation card. Preferably the Quadro 4000 if your budget is over 1k for a single card; However, the Quadro 2000 is roughly the same price (maybe a little more) than the GTX590, but with much greater performance and lifespan.
With only 256 CUDA cores to the GTX590's 1000, even the Quadro 4000 will not come close to competing in games.
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#19
fraya713
any news on when this card is going to hit the market? haven't found any updates for a while...
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#20
preludefreak
a few questions , will there be a waterblock for that card and can it be used in sli ?
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