ASUS GTX760 MARS Review

ASUS GTX760 MARS Review

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Considering that this is a ROG branded item, the packaging is exceptionally nice. It’s so easy to have plastered ridiculous shouty logos and artwork on the cover, and ASUS more than most have been guilty of this. We love the understated “here is what it is” aesthetic.

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Remember the ROG magnetic strip we saw on the Rampage IV Black Edition? It’s a big improvement upon the standard case badge so we like that the MARS comes complete with one. 

The card itself is, from the front at least, not obviously anything special. It’s just a DCUII cooler, roughly speaking. Of course this side isn’t the one that most people see, and it’s the other ends that ASUS have focussed upon.

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The side, that we see most of all, has a big MARS logo which pulses red when the power is on. More of that later. The underside is seriously braced with a sturdy plate replete with the ROG logo and plenty of screws to keep the PCB flat and the cooler clamped tightly to the GPUs to keep them cool.

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Despite having two GK104s the MARS only requires two 8pin PCIe power inputs. Curiously the outputs have moved away from the regular two DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort offering normally found on nVidia cards, and ASUS have gone with three DVIs and a mini DisplayPort. An odd choice to be sure.

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