ASUS ROG MARS 2 Review
The successor to the original mental card, the MARS, has been a long time coming.
Back when we first previewed it over a year ago it was a twin GTX480. Since then not only have we seen a twin HD5870 nutter called the ASUS ARES, but equally the GTX480 didn't exactly endear itself to either the public, or those who have to keep the things cool. ASUS, never one to rest upon their laurels took the brave, but wise, step of going right back to the drawing board and designing a card that took advantage of nVidias rapid update.
So now, after much gestation, the MARS 2 is here and in its final form it comes bearing two GTX580s, the far cooler/quicker evolution of the Fermi GF100.
Of course a card with this much power has to be released under the Republic of Gamers branding and with a suitable £1000+ price-tag. The question is, how good is it?
As befits a card with eye-opening capabilities, the twin GF110 GPUs are backed up by 3GB of GDDR5. Otherwise it's fairly standard stuff, if the combination of two GTX580s on a single board can ever be considered standard.
|Graphics Engine||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580x2|
|Bus Standard||PCI Express 2.0|
|Video Memory||GDDR5 3GB|
|Engine Clock||782 MHz|
|Memory Clock||4008 MHz ( 1002 MHz GDDR5 )|
|Memory Interface||384-bit x2|
|Resolution||D-Sub Max Resolution : 2048x1536|
DVI Max Resolution : 2560x1600
|Interface||D-Sub Output : Yes x 1 (via DVI to D-Sub adaptor x 1)|
DVI Output : Yes x 2 (DVI-I)
HDMI Output : Yes x 1
Display Port : Yes x 1 (Regular DP)
HDCP Support : Yes
|Accessories||1 x Extended SLI cable|
2 x Power cable
1 x DVI to D-Sub adaptor
|Software||ASUS Driver and Utility|
|ASUS Features||DirectCU Series|
Super Alloy Power
|Dimensions||13 " x 6.2 " x 2.5 " Inch|
Let's get a good look at her shall we.