Asus Mars II - DUAL GTX480 GPU - Leaked Pictures!

Mars II Sneak Peak!

Asus Mars II Sneak Peak!


Mars II - The Worlds Fastest Graphics Card in the making?


Very recently, we were privileged enough to get our grubby hands on the monstrous Asus Aries dual HD 5870 graphics card. The performance was astonishing and the craftsmanship was sublime. While the pricing was just as insane, we still commend Asus for their efforts. These extreme graphics cards are akin to the mouth watering concept cars at motor shows that never make it to production. The only exception is that Asus decided to offer a limited production run of their concept for those who will only accept the best... But what if even Aries isn't enough?

Yes, it is a rather chilling thought that a 2 x 1600 stream processor product with ramped up frequencies is inadequate for anyone, but we have recently learned that Asus are at it again. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the MARS II.

Asus Mars II Sneak Peak!


...and this is it. Now obviously it doesn't take a genius to realise that this is a Dual GTX 480 graphics card. Sitting proudly on this enormous PCB are two GF100 cores and two dedicated banks of memory. It is not known if there are more memory ICs on the back of the graphics card but we could expect well over 3GB of on board memory!

Asus Mars II Sneak Peak!

We all know that the GTX 480 has incredible power demands, noted by the fact that it can consume as much as 30W more than the dual GPU HD 5970. As such, it comes to no surprise that nearly 50% of the PCB is populated by two sets of VRM sections. The Mars II's power demands are also more than obvious by the implementation of three 8pin PCI-E ports.

Asus Mars II Sneak Peak!

Like the Aries Graphics Card, the Mars II is also taller than the average GTX 480. Also if you are bonkers enough, it is also possible to pair two Mars II graphics cards thanks to the implementation of a SLI connector.

As unorthodox as this graphics card may seem, it is a truly impressive piece of engineering. While the original Mars and the ATi based Aries had dual GPU siblings in one way or the other, no Dual GTX 480 product exists at present. To see such a complex graphics card fused into a single PCB SLI solution is truly astonishing. With this in mind we are eager to see how well it performs, but also how Asus plan on cooling it! 

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16-07-2010, 10:52:32

tinytomlogan
Just when we thought we had seen everything, Asus are back with something truly insane.

Continue ReadingQuote

16-07-2010, 10:54:07

alienware
ROFL... No way.. Just... NO FRICKING WAY.

Feelin' hot hot hot.

Quote

16-07-2010, 10:59:21

alienware
O.K now I have picked myself up from the floor and stopped laughing..

I can see 6 memory chips in and around the GPU. Doing some quick maths then..

256mbx6 = 1536mb per card.

512mbx6 = 3072mb per card.

LOL it can't be the latter, surely? I can't see how they could get 384mb chunks of ram?Quote

16-07-2010, 11:00:54

AMDFTW
thats just epicQuote

16-07-2010, 11:05:39

tinytomlogan
Ares had ram on the back of the board too....Quote

16-07-2010, 11:34:35

Runebeard
Aye good shout Tom. I just wish I actually had the cash one day to get a MARS/ARES type card. To own a piece of hardware history would be awesome. I shudder to think what Asus will have to do to tame the thermal output of this. A custom watercooling solution perhaps? Seems a plausable option to me. Let the drooling commence.Quote

16-07-2010, 11:40:05

alienware
Ah OK Tom I see...

Could well be sat in a billet sandwich Quote

16-07-2010, 11:43:34

thestepster
epicness i didnt think this would come around for a long time till they sorted the heat problems out but damn asus just hit one outta the park i can deinately see this card being a fully thick triple slot card to cool those mofo's downQuote

16-07-2010, 12:27:07

silenthill
Anyone want to buy my two 480, now that does it I’m committing suicide tonightQuote

16-07-2010, 12:28:43

thestepster
lol i wouldnt start so fast mate if this is anything to go by its gonna outprice the ares easily i thinkQuote

16-07-2010, 12:40:16

alienware
Course it will. Mind you they could skimp on the case and all that but I doubt it Quote

16-07-2010, 12:41:09

alienware
Also.. I wouldn't be so fast either...

I would lay a serious bet that Nvidia will soon pump out something based on strapped 460s. The temps are right and the price would be oooh so right.Quote

16-07-2010, 12:44:23

thestepster
you and your double posting mate edit button will help Quote

16-07-2010, 14:37:52

silenthill
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='thestepster'
lol i wouldnt start so fast mate if this is anything to go by its gonna outprice the ares easily i think
I feel a bit better now, it just was a shook, thanksQuote

16-07-2010, 14:39:22

thestepster
yeah mate ur talkin easily £1200+ and u prob spent £700-800 on both yours so its already a win Quote

16-07-2010, 15:45:13

WanderingPanther
I wonder if I could convince the missus it's worth the money if I also use it to provide unlimited hot water for her bath?

;DQuote

16-07-2010, 15:50:05

silvermane
asus is trying to make an all in one game and breakfast cooker. getting some heating coils and attach to this card and get ready to cook your breakfast while you play crysis at max LOLQuote

16-07-2010, 15:55:53

alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='WanderingPanther'
I wonder if I could convince the missus it's worth the money if I also use it to provide unlimited hot water for her bath?

;D
Did you ever see that dude who plumbed a water cooling rig into his house? The pipes went through the floor and everything Quote

16-07-2010, 15:57:02

thestepster
now thats bad ass stuff! rig it to your cold water feed ha ha ha haQuote

16-07-2010, 16:08:57

silenthill
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='thestepster'
yeah mate ur talkin easily £1200+ and u prob spent £700-800 on both yours so its already a win
To be exact 736 £ (368X2) I saved for six months for it (you know what I mean – no going to the pub) I suppose your right it will be something crazy 1400 £ because the 480 chips alone cost 270 each and add on all the AUSU candy and high tech cooling plus the DDR5 memory (4 g) and probably they will add a suitcase and mouse to it and a 5 year guarantee so we are definitely looking at a world record price for a graphic card but there is something I can’t understand how are they going to control the temps on 480 chips, man I tell you on full load they go crazy and I have a open air system as you can see from my Avatar pic, its really puzzling mate.Quote

16-07-2010, 16:14:17

thestepster
they will more than likely make these ones triple slots with massive super awsome asus heatsinksQuote

16-07-2010, 16:26:17

alienware
And of course there is the problem of heat. If you haven't already take a look at the original MARS. Total epic failorz.

Looked nice, sounded great on paper.. Choked better than a perverted porn star.

The ARES was always going to be teh win because it was running far cooler components. The MARS 2 will suffer all of the same problems of the MARS IMO because the cooler just can not be big enough. It's hard enough keeping a single 480 on a leash, WTF is going to happen with two within 6 inches of eachother?

I really look forward to relishing the review though. We should give it to some one who needs to lose some weight, because running that thing would drop off water weight like sitting in a sauna Quote

16-07-2010, 17:01:43

silenthill
Choked better than a perverted porn star- dude where on earth do you get these fraises fromQuote

16-07-2010, 17:03:08

thestepster
google ha ha ha haQuote

16-07-2010, 17:10:39

silenthill
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='thestepster'
they will more than likely make these ones triple slots with massive super awsome asus heatsinks
Zotac GeForce GTX 480 AMP! Edition has a triple slot solution with a huge heatsinck and two fans and it still can’t cope with temps and that’s a single 480 chip.Quote

16-07-2010, 17:14:43

thestepster
but thats a budget company mate they aint nothing like asus not to mention this cards going to be a 'special'

i dont think they are gonna be tamed completely not even close but i think asus can kinda reign them into some kinda 'acceptable' levelQuote

16-07-2010, 17:40:28

silenthill
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='thestepster'
but thats a budget company mate they aint nothing like asus not to mention this cards going to be a 'special'

i dont think they are gonna be tamed completely not even close but i think asus can kinda reign them into some kinda 'acceptable' level
The only thing I can think of is that ASUS are going to have to reduce the clock speeds, you know like the gtx 295 something like 600 instead 700 MHz actuary I think they did that with the MARS 1 the GPU’S were not fully clocked 285’s, man It’s just crazy stuff I really don’t know how they are going to do it.Quote

16-07-2010, 17:43:17

thestepster
was that not gtx280's? i think im gonna give them the benefit after they seen the flaws with the first mars and the bad ass job they done with the ares (i know its a cooler card and all but the performance levels of it were crazy)Quote

16-07-2010, 17:46:10

alienware
A builder is only as good as the tools he holds in his hands.Quote

16-07-2010, 18:04:53

silenthill
A builder is only as good as the tools he holds in his hands. Is that from Google too?Quote

16-07-2010, 18:07:10

alienware
Yes it's all from google. You see, cyborgs intercepted my brain.

if u lyk i kan tipe lk ths?Quote

16-07-2010, 18:16:10

silenthill
Thank god there was no porn in it this timeQuote

16-07-2010, 18:24:45

thestepster
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='silenthill'
A builder is only as good as the tools he holds in his hands. Is that from Google too?
more like common knowledge ha ha haQuote

16-07-2010, 18:56:59

alexhull24
The thought I had earlier was why bother with an air cooler? Anyone who can afford one can afford water, many will already have it, and for what looks like to be a very special card, some will even design a rig around it. May as well ship them with a waterblock.

I also thought, why not team up with CoolIT and have an integrated solution? Not as neat if you have WC already, but pretty cool (hopefully!).Quote

16-07-2010, 18:59:19

thestepster
many cards out there actually ever ship like that? im only aware of the hydro copper gtx280'sQuote

16-07-2010, 20:06:39

alienware
Quite a few if memory serves but they usually have a £60 premium above buying a card and fitting your own block.Quote

16-07-2010, 20:07:27

thestepster
i seen 2 of them going for £140 each locallyQuote

16-07-2010, 20:29:25

alienware
What 280s? They're old hat now.

You can get 5870s, 5970s and so on. All pre modded with a block on. But as I say, if you take the cost of the card, add a waterblock and compare the prices you are literally paying £60 over the price of both the card and waterblock for the company to fit it for you.Quote

16-07-2010, 20:34:45

thestepster
but mate if it doesnt fold its of no interest to me

but they might be old but they still fold pretty good 7500ppd, see youe 3870x2? that will do only 2k my 8800gt's do two and a half times that Quote

17-07-2010, 05:07:36

silenthill
what's all this talk about folding can someone please explain to me, I feel like someone from another planet and why can't ATI card fold, oh I got a bad headache this morning, it's that mars 2, I couldn't stop thinking about it all nightQuote

17-07-2010, 07:56:42

thestepster

17-07-2010, 08:34:03

steve30x
Im prettu sure you would need a seriously beefy PSU and a case with good cooling to own one of those along with winning the lottery.Quote

17-07-2010, 08:45:42

silenthill
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='steve30x'
Im prettu sure you would need a seriously beefy PSU and a case with good cooling to own one of those along with winning the lottery.
I’m thinking of working overtime for the next few months or maybe selling the house furniture and even the dog and even that wouldn’t cover the bill, It’s just crazy the price of the MARS II IS going to be a world record.Quote

17-07-2010, 08:56:03

silenthill
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='thestepster'
this will help mate

http://folding.stanford.edu/
Ok I’m at work and I installed the folding software on my work pc hope this doesn’t make it slowQuote

17-07-2010, 09:02:16

alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='silenthill'
I’m thinking of working overtime for the next few months or maybe selling the house furniture and even the dog and even that wouldn’t cover the bill, It’s just crazy the price of the MARS II IS going to be a world record.
No chance of that mate, no chance at all..

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/3GB-N...5MHz-448-CoresQuote

17-07-2010, 09:09:26

thestepster
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='silenthill'
Ok I’m at work and I installed the folding software on my work pc hope this doesn’t make it slow
what spec is the pc mate?Quote

17-07-2010, 09:21:55

silenthill
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='thestepster'
what spec is the pc mate?
It’s a amd 940 3GHz with a gtx 250Quote

17-07-2010, 09:26:12

silenthill
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='AlienALX'
No chance of that mate, no chance at all..

http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/3GB-N...5MHz-448-Cores
I mean for gaming cards mateQuote

17-07-2010, 09:27:32

alienware
All that is is a 480 with everything unlocked. I see what you're saying though, but if one was to be really pedantic I could point you to a listing where a Voodoo 6000 (one of about two) sold on Ebay recently for $1800 Quote

17-07-2010, 09:31:09

thestepster
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='silenthill'
It’s a amd 940 3GHz with a gtx 250
that gpu will get some decent points, what spec of gts is it? if its a green version its gonna pull in about an average of 5k but if its a fully speed one it will on some wu's (57xx) will pull in upwards of 6500ppd Quote

17-07-2010, 09:33:31

silenthill
You’ve got to be joking those cards are ancient history nowQuote

17-07-2010, 09:41:37

silenthill
I think it is a 512MB XFX GTS 250 GreenQuote

17-07-2010, 09:49:06

thestepster
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='silenthill'
I think it is a 512MB XFX GTS 250 Green
ah thats the slower one but mate just install EVGA precision/msi afterburner and up the clocks to the same as the normal one and it will run fine then ull get good points Quote

17-07-2010, 11:55:53

alienware
I actually thought about this last night. I dread to think what these cards are costing to produce.

Doing some maths I came up with the following regarding the Ares. The retail price is £1199. There were a thousand made. So that means a final selling price of £1199000.

I've been out of retail for a long time now but I do remember that the profit margins weren't very big selling PC hardware. So let's say OCUK are making a couple of hundred quid out of each unit, that leaves Asus with around £999 ish per unit. Reculating that to the thousand produced gives you nine hundred and ninety nine thousand pounds. Pretty much a million quid.

What I don't know of course is how much the cards cost to make. I have a rough idea of component costs of the main GPU and ramdacs as it's quite easy to work out, but the only black hole is how much Asus paid to have the custom PC and cooler designed. I bet it was a pretty bloody penny though ! Good R&D doesn't come cheap, that much I know from working in R&D for a speaker company. Once the R&D was done though component costs could be driven to almost nothing but the costs of R&D took years to recover and profit from.

I also know that any kind of billet CNC doesn't come cheap, and I would imagine copper machining costs even more. And of course the cooler and PCB are the parts on this that Asus will have to live and die by. The rest has all been taken care of by Nvidia (or in the case of the Ares ATI).

Sorry if that's boring.. I just find it intriguing.Quote

17-07-2010, 12:28:08

silenthill
You forgot the VAT which is 17.5% so 1199000X0.175= 209825£ pure profit that goes to the government so they can give it to the poor bankers in time of needQuote

17-07-2010, 12:34:11

alienware
Dude, please please please don't get me started on banks.... Quote

17-07-2010, 12:44:28

silenthill
The Tories are going to put the VAT up to 20% by the end of this year so you can expect higher retail prices not that it will make any difference to us in Wales because everything is in a mess alreadyQuote

17-07-2010, 13:44:04

alienware
Yeah I'm aware of that. Only thing it will really screw me on is the cost of groceries tbh. I don't buy an awful lot and when I do I can seldom afford to buy new items any way so just scour Ebay Quote
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