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ASUS ROG MARS 2 3GB Video Card Review w/ NVIDIA Surround

Postby Apoptosis » Thu Sep 01, 2011 7:40 am

Companies like ASUS have a their own design engineers and every so often the management will let them run free. When that happens you end up with a ridiculous product that pushes the boundaries for what can be done with current technology. ASUS took the Republic of Gamers (ROG) product engineers and challenged them to design the fastest NVIDIA graphics card possible. The result was the ASUS MARS II and we have a review on the card for you today!

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The ASUS MARS 2 is a wonderfully designed video card that offers impressive single card graphics performance. The fact that ASUS got two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 GPUs running on the same PCB at the same clock speeds as a single GTX 580 cards is mighty impressive. NVIDIA wasn't even able to do that with the NVIDA GeForce GTX 590, so you can see how this was a feat. If you want to own the ultimate NVIDIA graphics card then the ASUS MARS 2 is it, period.



Article Title: ASUS ROG MARS 2 3GB Video Card Review w/ NVIDIA Surround
Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1691/1/
Pricing At Time of Print: $1499.99 plus shipping
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Re: ASUS ROG MARS 2 3GB Video Card Review w/ NVIDIA Surround

Postby Kaos Kid » Thu Sep 01, 2011 8:43 am

:shock:

This beast is worth more than my car! :P
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Re: ASUS ROG MARS 2 3GB Video Card Review w/ NVIDIA Surround

Postby jnanster » Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:47 pm

Well, it's not more than MY car, but it IS more than my whole system!!!
800 watts, that is one big light bulb.
I imagine the BSOD is the overclocking problem coming out of sleep mode?
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Re: ASUS ROG MARS 2 3GB Video Card Review w/ NVIDIA Surround

Postby Calamar » Thu Sep 01, 2011 3:23 pm

Given you've got the numbers, what about a vs. with 2xGTX580-SLI. That would be the true performance vs. price review. I won't ask for a couple of WC 580 review, because I'm sure would beat that card in performance price and endurance.

The big brands should start shipping their high end cards without cooler.
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Re: ASUS ROG MARS 2 3GB Video Card Review w/ NVIDIA Surround

Postby lordvic » Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:14 pm

Gulps down 800W of power, my god... :shock:
Was expecting the MARS 2 to trample the Radeon HD 6990 over and over again, but they both traded blows; quite interesting.
For $1,500....costs just a bit more than my whole system...I'll pass.
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Re: ASUS ROG MARS 2 3GB Video Card Review w/ NVIDIA Surround

Postby Major_A » Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:20 pm

Nice! $1,500 video card and other expensive components all on a $50 plastic folding table.

No offense, just poking fun.

Said it before and I'll say it again. This card should have a game or two with it. The bundled accessories are a joke. It doesn't even have a damn HDMI cable. When buying in lots of 10K what does a HDMI cable cost? $2?
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Re: ASUS ROG MARS 2 3GB Video Card Review w/ NVIDIA Surround

Postby Apoptosis » Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:35 am

Major_A wrote:Nice! $1,500 video card and other expensive components all on a $50 plastic folding table.

No offense, just poking fun.

Said it before and I'll say it again. This card should have a game or two with it. The bundled accessories are a joke. It doesn't even have a damn HDMI cable. When buying in lots of 10K what does a HDMI cable cost? $2?



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Re: ASUS ROG MARS 2 3GB Video Card Review w/ NVIDIA Surround

Postby bubba » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:19 am

Apoptosis wrote:Used twice in two years :(

the lack of free time is a real sumb****

know how you feel. ](*,)
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Re: ASUS ROG MARS 2 3GB Video Card Review w/ NVIDIA Surround

Postby Major_A » Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:44 pm

Apoptosis wrote:Used twice in two years :(

I hope that you didn't pay for that setup out of pocket then. If that is the case then that really sucks.
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Re: ASUS ROG MARS 2 3GB Video Card Review w/ NVIDIA Surround

Postby Apoptosis » Sat Sep 03, 2011 5:37 pm

I've made a few changes to the article now that i am back in the country and able to play around with it again...

The first change done to the ASUS MARS 2 video card review is minor. I changed out GPU-Z 0.5.4 to 0.5.5 as it properly displays the cards info:

GPU-Z 0.5.4:
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GPU-Z 0.5.5:
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The other changes to the article also include a page on STALKER, temperature testing, overclocking and the use of GPU Tweak...

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