ASUS MARS II Review: GeForce GTX 580 SLI On One PCB

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ASUS MARS II Review: GTX 580 SLI On One PCBAsus has never been a company to shy away from offering over-the-top, custom products that command a price premium. Perhaps it’s because the company is large enough, and thus, has the resources to cater to virtually all market segments, big or small. Or perhaps the top brass at Asus just likes inducing slack-jawed stares from PC enthusiasts. Whatever the reason, we hope they keep it up because testing this kind of stuff and showing it to you all is freakin’ fun.

A case-in-point is the Asus MARS II graphics card, which packs a full GeForce GTX 580, dual-GPU SLI configuration onto a single PCB...

ASUS MARS II Review: GeForce GTX 580 SLI On One PCB

 

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LBowen replied on Fri, Aug 26 2011 3:46 AM

That is just freakishly awesome :O Thanks for the review and benchmarks Marco :)

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Inspector replied on Fri, Aug 26 2011 4:00 AM

Epic! There is just one more thing left to do here... Get another card and quad it!

The three power connectors were first thing to cath my eye ;)... Lol

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realneil replied on Fri, Aug 26 2011 8:51 AM

"two cards can be paired together in a quad-SLI configuration as well. Good God"

ROFLMAO!

Great review Marco, it had to be a blast playing around with this wazoo monster. How long before you have to send it back?

I think of this video card as a monument to excess. An overabundance of bling. A double helping of 'badazz' for sure.

But I want one of them. (this is SO irresponsible of me, I know)

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Marco C replied on Fri, Aug 26 2011 9:48 AM

Asus can have this thing back when they pry it from my cold, dead hands! HAHAHA!

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This thing is awesome! 5.4lbs? Holy sh** I see they didn't put the number of the card on these like some companies have done with other limited edition cards in the past. This thing is sweet, thanks for the review Marco. Did you have a dedicated psu just for this card? Also which monitor are you running that uses 1920x1200?

On a side note EVGA is selling those bottom plates to people for added support on 560 TI's. Are those cards really that weak?

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AKwyn replied on Fri, Aug 26 2011 11:30 AM

God damn that is one amazing card; I did want to ask though... How is the noise on this thing?

Otherwise, great card, great review, good thing as always.

 

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Marco C replied on Fri, Aug 26 2011 1:45 PM

Louder than a GTX 580 or 590, quieter than a 6990. And unless it's really getting hammered, it's generally quiet. Only when thet fans spin up does it get kinda loud (48.5db max at 100% fan speed).

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Great review Marco that is one beast of a card. That power draw is insane though!!!!

Asus really out did themselves with this 580 SLI card.

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jonation replied on Fri, Aug 26 2011 2:31 PM

that is a true tank of a card. nice review as always

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TLyons replied on Sat, Aug 27 2011 7:45 PM

There is no question that it is an awesome card, but the simple fact that it costs as much as 3 580's and offers less performance than a trio of the cards leaves this piece of hardware purely in the "Status Symbol" category...

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AKwyn replied on Sat, Aug 27 2011 11:45 PM

TLyons:

There is no question that it is an awesome card, but the simple fact that it costs as much as 3 580's and offers less performance than a trio of the cards leaves this piece of hardware purely in the "Status Symbol" category...

That, or the people who are insane enough to overclock this with LN2 and break records... I mean seriously, that price is really unreasonable; even for a graphics card like that.

 

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rrplay replied on Sun, Aug 28 2011 1:46 PM

One thing is for sure this Mars card is in a whole new class by it's own..Getting your hands on one to put through the paces with a review such as this is in a class all by it's own.For some reason my intial impression of the card was that it was going to quite a bit louder and found out from this review not to be so.Seriously a power hungry beast . WOW Could not actually ever afford anything like this but 2 580 's for me  would be just awesome. Still appreciate getting to see this Beast of a GPU under the hood in HH.

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AKwyn replied on Tue, Aug 30 2011 1:47 PM

rrplay:
One thing is for sure this Mars card is in a whole new class by it's own.

The Radeon HD 5870 ARES was also in a class of it's own. That being a card with two 5870 GPU's instead of the downclocked GPU's found on the 5970 and with enough overclocking potential to break the roof, that that card was built by ASUS.

It seems like ASUS keeps on outclassing themselves.

 

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rrplay replied on Tue, Aug 30 2011 5:57 PM

TaylorKarras:

It seems like ASUS keeps on outclassing themselves.

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Definitely for sure 'outclassing' and pacing the rest to  new standards What could Asus possibly have in store for next year's limited edition dual gpu release ? Pretty sure the price is def going to be pretty steep,along with the powerful processing to be as different as night and day.Like we've seen here.

Maybe the Radeon HD5870 Ares is still in the HH lab or being put to some very good use elsewhere.

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PMontoya replied on Mon, Sep 26 2011 8:13 PM

imagine 4 of these. it would rival gods creation

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AKwyn replied on Mon, Sep 26 2011 10:51 PM

PMontoya:

imagine 4 of these. it would rival gods creation

4 of these would be impossible. Seeing as how there's only one SLI connector on there.

Crossfire is capable of more GPU's (up to 8) but it's not avaliable to the public, so unfortunately you're unable to do the same with the 6990.

Still, a man can dream right?

 

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NKhan2 replied on Sun, Oct 30 2011 5:09 PM

will this play mario? :P

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realneil replied on Sun, Oct 30 2011 5:47 PM

NKhan2:

will this play mario? :P

no

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