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ASUS MARS II Graphics Card Pictured

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  1. btarunr

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    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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  2. AlienIsGOD

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    :eek:

    That thing is HUGE.
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    I only care about 2 things: price and TDP?
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    lol... nearly looks like an ITX motherboard plugged into an ATX via PCI-E
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    I have a plan.

    I'm gonna save up enough money for this, then turn around and blow it all on a night out, and get absolutely smashed.

    I reckon that would be a better way to spend money. :laugh:
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    So it's a GTX 590 but they call it a dual-580?

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    This card is for people that don't care about either.
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    Giant pointless card is giant and pointless.... :wtf:
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    What's with the insane amount of 560/570/580/590 variations? I've never seen so many video cards made, especially ones that have no purpose.
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    Not that I would even consider getting this (even if I had the money), but I'm not fussed on the looks. Though its nice to see more 90mm fans.

    EDIT: just look at the poor fins its taken some abuse
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    a useless behemoth, 6-12 months down the line a single/dual slot card will outdo this card without the need for 24 power connectors
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    Due to the clocks. A 590 is a dual 580. I guess they can as it's not a reference design...

    I can't imagine them (directly) making much money off this thing, but then that's not the point.
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    all the fins are bent on the first part of it what a fail.
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    lolol 3-8 pin PCIe connections. you'll need a small nuclear reactor to keep that thing running if you decide to overclock it.
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    it's handmade and the only sample they have at the show. and i didnt treat it too nicely taking it out of its display case
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    What's the point, guarantee going 580 SLI will be cheaper.
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    Look behind you!!

    That sounds about right :roll: :nutkick:
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    World Record. Just like the first Mars. I only knew gtx 295 Mars, which looks like a VHS tape. Dunno if there's an earlier version
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    Probably $1200, probably 550~650W.
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    in case it's unclear: the little red 100% fan switch is used to switch the fan speed to 100% without any software - great for overclocking. pressing it again returns to normal temperature controlled fan speed.
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    3x 8-pin...:twitch:...damn.
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    doubt it, since it's only 3x8pin connector, its not going to be over 400w after you factor in overhead. to be realistic, the msi 480gtx had 2x8pin+1x6pin(450w), and in reality it had TDP of only 275w. so i'm guessing somewhere around 400w TDP for this card (realistically speaking).
  24. btarunr

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    Those are specifications limits. Nobody follows them in this segment, you can overdraw from the cable by even 40%, it won't burn up. ASUS will recommend what PSU Wattage you'll need. There are many examples of cards from every segment overdrawing from connectors and slots.
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    W1z, any plans on doing a review of this? It would be great to see how it compares to a 590.

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