Wednesday, June 17th 2009

ASUS Prepares Custom R.O.G. Mars 285 Monster Video Card

Here's a good example of what can be born in times of recession. ASUSTeK is planning on asking $1700 for its latest ASUS R.O.G. (Republic of Gamers) Mars limited edition graphics card. Well the card is an eye catcher for sure, but it's up to you to decide if it's worth the cash after all. On paper specs look almost too good to be true, the card will carry two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285 (G200b) GPUs on a single PCB. Each main graphics proccessor will be complemented by 2 GB DDR3 memory for a total of 4 gigs working at 2484MHz with 512-bit memory bus width. Each of the graphics processors will operate at 648 MHz with 480 stream processors, meaning that R.O.G. Mars will be as fast at two GeForce GTX 285 graphics boards in SLI mode and faster compared to a standard NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295 graphics solution. ASUSTeK engineer estimate that the card will offer 23% higher performance compared to the reference NVIDIA GeForce GTX 295. The ASUS R.O.G. Mars limited can also be paired in SLI, for a total of four GeForce GTX 285 graphics cores and whooping 8 GB video memory on a single desktop system. There will be only one thousand of ASUS ROG Mars graphics boards ever built, each will be marked with its own unique number. English Scan.co.uk is now taking pre-orders of the card for £1030.98, which is approximately $1700 or €1222.

Source: X-bit labs
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57 Comments on ASUS Prepares Custom R.O.G. Mars 285 Monster Video Card

#1
popswala
are they serious?

Holy cow that's pricey. For that amount of money a representative from Asus should come over and install if for me and when ever I have issues. They should come over and fix for free*cough*. I'd rather wait and see if the 3XX's out-do the 295 and be cheaper. It does look cool tho but Id rather go for performance then looks since you don't see the card most of the time anyways.
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#2
stefanels
[I.R.A]_FBi said:
werd
OffTopic... LMAO, i like your signature.... :D
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#3
CH@NO
mama mia, that's really expensive.

now imagine if any of this cards arrive to my country???

here all are overpriced so if now the price seems ridicolus to you HOW it will cost here?

at least I think will be $2000 bucks.

man, with that money I can buy 3,000 beers (aprox. 350ml each) and get drunk the next 10 years. :)
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#4
h3llb3nd4
CH@NO said:
mama mia, that's really expensive.

now imagine if any of this cards arrive to my country???

here all are overpriced so if now the price seems ridicolus to you HOW it will cost here?

at least I think will be $2000 bucks.

man, with that money I can buy 3,000 beers (aprox. 350ml each) and get drunk the next 10 years. :)
that'll go bad within a year LOL
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#5
CH@NO
h3llb3nd4 said:
that'll go bad within a year LOL
LOL indeed :toast: , then I'll share :p
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#6
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
mdm-adph said:
Quad-SLI only works on cards that have been "united" like the GTX 295. One of these cards will probably be a fair bit faster than a GTX 295.
Thats why he said 2x 295's. These are going to be $1700 a pop, you could actually buy 3x 295's, but only 2 will SLI together, actually 3 and have some money to spare...
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#7
Agility
They even post if being able to run in quad SLI. Like wow..who the heck would even get two of these shit when it's enough to even buy a standard 4 GTX295 and still have spare cash.
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#8
happita
This isn't a great move. If they would've released them right now or a month or so ago, it would have made more sense, unless it took them until now to make this monster.

But I agree with some of you because next-gen vid cards are indeed coming out within the next 3-4 months along with Windows 7. And will undoubtebly perform faster than these 285's. So I find these pointless :)
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#9
mdm-adph
Agility said:
They even post if being able to run in quad SLI. Like wow..who the heck would even get two of these shit when it's enough to even buy a standard 4 GTX295 and still have spare cash.
Aye, but only two of those GTX295's can do towards a benchmarking score, which is the demographic this overpriced card is targeted at.
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#10
werez
INSANE £1030.98 ... you can buy yourself a decent system with that money . What the hell ?
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#11
Hayder_Master
pay 1700$ for this i think not , it is price of 4 GTX 295 in sli
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#12
wolf
Performance Enthusiast
Mussels said:
GTX295 is two GTX275's. this is two GTX285's.
yes but I was under the impression it is still a "GTX 295" ?
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#13
Velvet Wafer
for that much money i better buy a big lcd with high quality (Samsung)
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#14
Polarman
It this even really necessary. :shadedshu
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#15
MRCL
Polarman said:
It this even really necessary. :shadedshu
Is a 500hp car necessary? No! But its fun an men need such things.
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#16
Velvet Wafer
everything beyond 200 ps should be forbidden anyways... thats way enough power to drive faster than your guardian angel could fly...

you know`? cars are like computers for the dumb. its all about "Engine Tweaking"
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#18
Bodar
2 mars cards!!

I feel awful that I bought 2 of them, but like everyone said, they are collectors items and will go fast. It will definitely be good for my buisness. going to do some benchmarks soon. Is there anything you all want me to post besides the obvious. (crysis,3dmark) :nutkick:
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#19
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
wonder if i can talk my way into a free one
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#20
Laurijan
Bodar said:
I feel awful that I bought 2 of them, but like everyone said, they are collectors items and will go fast. It will definitely be good for my buisness. going to do some benchmarks soon. Is there anything you all want me to post besides the obvious. (crysis,3dmark) :nutkick:
Definitly i want some screenies of that monster combo! Keep us updated pls..
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#21
Bodar
Awesome!!! Will do. Nice setup by the way!! :)
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#22
Bodar
Water cooling

If I were to go against heavy benchmarks what do you suggest for water cooling on these things. I think the koolance water blocks for my current setup would work on these but I dont know If I should use something better If I want the scores to be higher.. I'm not the best at water cooling but I do a decent job I think. I watch trubritar videos sometimes and he has great overclocked scores with water cooling but he does'nt disable physx. Something that's needed to reach the highest and most genuine score possible :D
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#23
Laurijan
Bodar said:
If I were to go against heavy benchmarks what do you suggest for water cooling on these things. I think the koolance water blocks for my current setup would work on these but I dont know If I should use something better If I want the scores to be higher.. I'm not the best at water cooling but I do a decent job I think. I watch trubritar videos sometimes and he has great overclocked scores with water cooling but he does'nt disable physx. Something that's needed to reach the highest and most genuine score possible :D
I dont think that there will be any company releasing blocks for that baby and since it differs form regular models here is a chance that no current block will fit
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#24
Bodar
Yeah

I was afraid of that. You dont think my dual pcb waterblock from koolance will fit at all?
I looked up many forums that said it was alot different.. Maybe some liquid nitrogen then? :toast: lol
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#25
Bodar
I wish I had more friends that were into this kinda stuff. I live in austin,texas and most of the people I hang out with are music industry people or artists. I have a great time no doubt but it would be nice to work with someone on the new rig.. Come up with a solution for benchmarks and the new asus mars. : )
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