Tuesday, August 28th 2012

ASUS ROG MARS III Dual GTX 680 PCB Pictured

ASUS' Republic of Gamers MARS III dual-GeForce GTX 680 graphics card may have been extensively covered at this year's Computex event, but very few have had a peek at its innards (PCB). Expreview posted pictures of the card's PCB, sourced from the manufacturer.

The pictures reveal an unusually long and tall PCB, which draws power from three 8-pin PCIe power connectors, a 21-phase VRM that uses Super Alloy chokes and driver-MOSFETs, PLX PEX8747 PCI-Express 3.0 x48 bridge chip, and of course the two GK104 GPUs with a total of 32 individual GDDR5 memory chips (16 for each GPU, 16 on each side of the PCB) wired to them, totaling 8 GB of memory.

Edit: We received an update from ASUS, clarifying that this card will not be released. The design was only displayed during a factory tour, to show ASUS craftmanship.

Source: Expreview
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25 Comments on ASUS ROG MARS III Dual GTX 680 PCB Pictured

#2
LTUGamer
32 GB of VRAM? No point for this.
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#3
Enmity
by: LTUGamer
32 GB of VRAM? No point for this.
32 memory chips bro. 4gb per gpu totalling 8gb for this dual gpu monster. Which is still..yeah...overkill lol. I want!
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#4
RejZoR
Does it come with its own nuclear power generator?
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#5
Enmity
If anythings gonna need a nuclear reactor to power itself, thatll be the dual tahiti version which will inevitably hit the shelves. But still, triple 8pins to power this thing, yikes.
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#6
semantics
by: RejZoR
Does it come with its own nuclear power generator?
Does a lamborghini come with it's own oil rig and refinery?
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#7
eidairaman1
is this even a graphics card anymore or a motherboard?
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#8
RejZoR
by: semantics
Does a lamborghini come with it's own oil rig and refinery?
In fact it does. It's a Lambo. If you look in the trunk you'll also find a mechanic there. And only tool that he uses is a hammer.
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#9
LTUGamer
by: Enmity
32 memory chips bro. 4gb per gpu totalling 8gb for this dual gpu monster. Which is still..yeah...overkill lol. I want!
Oh sorry, bad eyes :)
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#10
KissSh0t
Why you no let me give you my money ASUS?
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#11
Svarog
Don't see how 4GB per GPU is overkill. Makes perfect sense to me since you would be playing Skyrim with this on 3 Screens with 2K and 4K Texture Mods.

I play Skyrim on a Single Screen at 1680 x 1050, 4x MSAA + 2x SuperSampling and i reach over 2700MB VRam.

So it all makes sense.
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#12
Slacker
its weird, but the link that posted about the video card with its shroud has the same dimensions as the pcb shown.
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#14
KainXS
probably just a test card before the real 690 came out
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#15
HossHuge
by: Svarog
Don't see how 4GB per GPU is overkill. Makes perfect sense to me since you would be playing Skyrim with this on 3 Screens with 2K and 4K Texture Mods.

I play Skyrim on a Single Screen at 1680 x 1050, 4x MSAA + 2x SuperSampling and i reach over 2700MB VRam.

So it all makes sense.
For one game, it doesn't make sense.
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#16
radrok
I don't get why people state "overkill" for 4GB of VRAM, this card is going to cost more than 1k $ for sure, so 4800x2560 gaming isn't out of the question, and it REQUIRES more than 2GBs.
W1zzard proved it with some testing.

Sure it is overkill for single screen but are you really sure to play single screen while investing 1k+ in gpus?
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#17
3870x2
by: semantics
Does a lamborghini come with it's own oil rig and refinery?
Lamborghinis are not terribly gas inefficient.

This card is equivalent in efficiency to a tank pulling a trailor full of tanks.
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#18
D4S4
by: 3870x2
This card is equivalent in efficiency to a tank pulling a trailor full of tanks.
with the engines of the tanks in the trailer idling :D

anyhow, why would 4gb per gpu be an overkill? a card this powerful will run anything coming in the next 3 years, 4gb vram could be high end standard in that time. sure if you got money to burn on this, you got money to burn for every next gen of hardware but this card could be pretty future proof (as much as is possible for a graphics card anyway :ohwell:).
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#19
m1dg3t
I grew 2 inches just looking at the pix :laugh:

Too bad Asus' name is on it :shadedshu
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#21
THE_EGG
I don't think anything should be considered overkill on a card like this. The whole damn card is overkill :laugh: (at least for me it is)

I think it's good that there is 4gb per gpu. Just as someone else pointed out, this overkill card will be powering/running an overkill monitor setup with some sort of massive resolution. Which is when the 4gb per gpu will come in handy, plus bragging rights for owners of this monster.
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#22
Hilux SSRG
by: THE_EGG
I think it's good that there is 4gb per gpu. Just as someone else pointed out, this overkill card will be powering/running an overkill monitor setup with some sort of massive resolution. Which is when the 4gb per gpu will come in handy, plus bragging rights for owners of this monster.
*If* I had an ultimate monitor setup, I would prefer this Asus card had 8gp per gpu. Reason thrown to the wind! :)
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#23
radrok
by: Hilux SSRG
*If* I had an ultimate monitor setup, I would prefer this Asus card had 8gp per gpu. Reason thrown to the wind! :)
8GB per GPU = useless

4GB per GPU = useful.

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#25
m1dg3t
by: badtaylorx
yeah....cause asus pushes no bounderies ......ever

anywho get sum!!!!
Yep. They pushed my, and MANY others, customer loyalty boundry right out the focking window! All they care about is getting the money out from our pockets and into theirs.

Products working as marketed/designed? NOPE. Customer support? NOPE. Warranty? NOPE. Accept item for firmware update that should have been done prior to release and cover expenses? NOPE. Well, we'll take it in for an update but you gotta pay both ways + labour. Send customer a functioning/tested card after sent in for Firmware RMA? NOPE. Exchange item for something that works? NOPE. Refund all fees incurred? NOPE. Refund purchse price? NOPE. Willing to work with customer to rectify issue? NOPE. Willing to work with BBB to help customer reach a resolution? NOPE. Tell customer to fock off without actually saying "Fock off"? YEP. BUT only after we get their $$$ :shadedshu :shadedshu

I could go on but what for? I used Asus for years without a single problem, then BOOM! Headshot :slap:
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