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ASUS MARS Dual GeForce GTX 285 4096 MB

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If any graphics card has been hyped in the past months it's the ASUS MARS Dual GTX 285. It is the first and only graphics card featuring two GTX 285 GPUs with 4 GB VRAM. The card is set out to dominate every other card on the market delivering amazing performance - at a breathtaking price of USD 1200 per card.

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Omgwtfbbqq...
 

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Excellent review W1z, I was waiting for this one because you cover so much....

WOW temps are thru the roof, I'd have thought maybe the fan could be boosted more... but wow 95+ degrees under load is far too toasty for my liking.

but SHIT aye, does this thing crunch some pixels, looks like it will hold the leader board hands down till a 5870 can shunt it off, and even then..... it's not going to be an easy task.
 

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Thankyou for another quality review, w1zzard. Once again, the best one out there. :toast:
 

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So, this card overheats while running at stock. I'm not really surprised, given how only part of the fan is allowed to breath in air and it generates such a lot of heat. In every other card, except the other duals, 9800 GX2 and 1st rev GTX 295, the whole fan is exposed. Why limit the air intake on any of these cards and why limit this on a card with so much heat? Styling?! :eek: :wtf:

This card is handily faster than anything else out there. However, I see that Crysis performance still sucks, no matter what you do - 20fps at 2560x1600. :laugh: This one's gotta be the game engine, right? Hey, I wonder if you actually get to see microstutter on this game?!
 
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W1z don't keep that card. someone may come and murder you for it. and we wouldn't want that :D
 
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Heh isn't that around the same that HD5870 is supposed to get?
 

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with the new tech comin out with dx11 and ddr5 stuff , this thing wud be a waste fo sho.
 
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Me just saying that, Imagine what a hd5870x2 will do D:

face melting amount of power!
 

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Me just saying that, Imagine what a hd5870x2 will do D:

face melting amount of power!
imagine what a 6870x4 could do. you can always wait for faster, better, cheaper.
while you wait, i'll finish crysis. oh wait i already did in 2007...
 
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Aye that's fair enough, but the I imagine the HD5870x2 won't take to long to come out, so it's nearly comparable.

Edit: fixed typo!
 
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Wow. What a card.

Good timing on launch... I'm sure nV has been pushing ASUS on this... get it out BEFORE ATI launch 5xxx. It will (may) stop them being able to claim "fastest card". = nV keep the crown.

Winter is coming... You could probably heat an aircraftcarrier with this thing.

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What a shame you didnt have 2 to SLI.
 

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This makes me think of ATI's 1950 Uber Edition cards that came in a suitcase.
 
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Meh, I wouldn't be too surprised if a factory overclocked HD5870 2GB beats this card in every possible way.
 
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Imo, this card is the biggest failure ever. The 295 is priced around 500 u$d, and this one es more than twice the number, and in the benchmarks in 3dmark05 and '06 the 285 4096 didnt get more than 1k points of difference of 295 in any of the tests (a part from the 2560x1600 resolution where is obvius that 4g memory helps).

Buying this "thing" is just the same to buy 295, and grab and extra 700 u$d and set it on fire in the floor, if you feel like spending this much.
 

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Not the biggest failure, remember the 7950gx2? This is just like that, but more expensive.
 

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Nice review.

Definitely a card with no othere purpose then to be king of the hill for a short period of time, and set records with. I doubt many normal users will be buying this thing. And something tells me most of the 1000 were simply given away to reviewers and professional overclockers.
 
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Aye that's fair enough, but the I imagine the HD5870x2 won't take to long to come out, so it's nearly comparable.

Edit: fixed typo!
The 5870x2 won't come out until Nvidia comes back with their new version -- so, it could be as late as December or January 2010. :D
 

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Wizz can you do some kind of benchmark with GTA IV with this card?
 

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no, i refuse to use gta 4 because of its gay drm and lobby system. the game engine sucks btw