Tuesday, June 5th 2012

ASUS ROG MARS III Dual GTX 680 Graphics Card Detailed

The ROG MATRIX 7970 wasn't the only new Republic of Gamers graphics card on display at Computex, it was sitting next to the MARS III. This monstrosity is a dual-GeForce GTX 680 graphics card, it packs two 28 nm GK104 GPUs with clock speeds that match or exceed those of the GeForce GTX 680. ASUS stopped short of revealing the clock speeds. The card draws power from three 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors, next to it is an instant fan-override button that revs up the card's fans to 100%. The card gives out three dual-link DVI display outputs, and is capable of driving 3D Vision Surround using three >1920x1200 pixels displays. Unlike the MATRIX 7970 and countless recent examples of ASUS' ugly fixation with triple-slot cooling solutions, it's a pleasant surprise seeing that the triple-fan cooling solution of the MARS III needs just two expansion card slots. The MARS III will be manufactured in limited quantities, and will probably cost more than a GeForce GTX 690.
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54 Comments on ASUS ROG MARS III Dual GTX 680 Graphics Card Detailed

#1
VulkanBros
Ha...my Voodoo 2 + Matrox Mystique will bring this to falllll.......:laugh:

That is.....on the power draw site......
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#2
Hayder_Master
but it will an overclocked GTX690, anyway it depend how much this monster overclock range.
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#3
Beertintedgoggles
I'm kind of surprised they didn't wipe off the greasy fingerprints before taking a picture of the backside of the card.
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#4
HammerON
The Watchful Moderator
Can't wait for reviews to see how it stacks up against a GTX 690!!!
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#6
Zubasa
Mindweaver said:
Err yea and?.. I'm not arguing that I'm just stating why wouldn't it be more? it's a MARS... :p If i remember correctly the first single GPU MARS was like 1400 bucks I'd say this will smash a GTX 690 as well. :toast:
FYI, every Mars and Ares cards are dual GPU ;)
The original Mars was a dual GTX285
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Mindweaver
Moderato®™
Zubasa said:
FYI, every Mars and Ares cards are dual GPU ;)
The original Mars was a dual GTX285
Thanks! I couldn't remember.. hehehe or I thought I remember it as single.. but yea you are right and the special thing about the dual GTX285 was that it was exactly that, the GTX295 has the memory volume and frequency of two GTX 260 cards yet the raw shader processor horsepower of two GeForce GTX 280 cards., but not GTX285's. :toast: I loved my GTX285.. hehehe :toast: I'm not sure and maybe you can tell me, but the GTX690 is it 2x GTX680's? :toast:
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#8
the54thvoid
Mindweaver said:
Thanks! I couldn't remember.. hehehe or I thought I remember it as single.. but yea you are right and the special thing about the dual GTX285 was that it was exactly that, the GTX295 has the memory volume and frequency of two GTX 260 cards yet the raw shader processor horsepower of two GeForce GTX 280 cards., but not GTX285's. :toast: I loved my GTX285.. hehehe :toast: I'm not sure and maybe you can tell me, but the GTX690 is it 2x GTX680's? :toast:
More errata ;)

The GTX 295 (I had one) was two GTX 275's. The GTX 295 came out first and they released the 275 afterwards as single cards - they went head to head with the 4890's I think.

And yes, the GTX 690 IS two GTX 680's but downclocked a little.
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#9
perryra1968
be right back...need to change my underwear...
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#10
LAN_deRf_HA
Hopefully they'll do double vram this time. There isn't much they can do to differentiate as the 690 is a lot more overclock friendly than the 590.
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#11
hhumas
who would buy this card when 690 is available
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#12
Delta6326
hhumas said:
who would buy this card when 690 is available
So you can say you own Mars...

I hope this is much faster than the 690.
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#13
Jurassic1024
I love that backplate.
I also wanna see this compared to the 7970 X2's that are coming out in terms of power consumption.
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#15
sc
As a 690 owner I see only one advantage over what I got now: the red/black ROG color scheme will fit with my Rampage board.
But for the price of this I'd rather get a 2nd 690 and stick with the green lit GEFORCE logo ;)
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#16
Prima.Vera
SIGSEGV said:
The card draws power from three 8-pin PCI-Express power connectors
Haha, who cares?! I have my Arc Reactor ready and kickin' :nutkick::nutkick::rockout::pimp:
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#17
SIGSEGV
Prima.Vera said:
Haha, who cares?! I have my Arc Reactor ready and kickin' :nutkick::nutkick::rockout::pimp:
you did wrong quote, yeah like as i said before, i bet no one here moaning about their power efficiency, but if it was amd cards, i'm sure it'd be different.. :nutkick: :slap: :D :nutkick:
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#18
Live OR Die
Would of been cooler if it had dual link for SLI, So 3 cards could be linked not just 2 like the 690.
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#19
radrok
Live OR Die said:
Would of been cooler if it had dual link for SLI, So 3 cards could be linked not just 2 like the 690.
There is no driver support for more than 4 GPUs and even with tri or quad configurations lots of problems arise...
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#20
Filiprino
If the card has 4GB per GPU, then it's a very interesting offer. Put two of those in SLI and you are ready to travel through space to Mars.
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#22
Prima.Vera
So this will cost more than 1500$ ????
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#23
deathcall666
It will be at least 20% faster than the reference gtx 690 and with a monstruous overclocking capability. Simply look at the fight between gtx 590 and mars2. Mars3 will probably(99%) dominate everything and i say it from the eyes of an ati(now amd ) fan.
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#24
radrok
deathcall666 said:
monstruous overclocking capability.
Nvidia said nope, maximum voltage allowed on Kepler is 1.175v.
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#25
TheMailMan78
Big Member
EnergyFX said:
I can hear my wife bolstering defenses on our bank accounts as I type this.

YOUUUU SHALLLL NOT PAAAASS!!!!
My wife took my cards away and changed the paypal account password a while back. I have an allowance now. I apparently live in Arkham Asylum. But, I'm not one of the cool super villains like the Joker or Zsasz. I'm not even an armed goon for them. I'm just some dude Batwife beats the piss out of randomly.
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