We’re all for well-built reference cards that put reliability and compatibility front and center, but there’s just something exciting about an over-the-top custom graphics card that gets our juices flowing. We think many of you probably feel the same, so we couldn’t resist posting some pictures of a graphics card of gargantuan proportions that just landed in the lab. Feast your eyes on the Asus MARS II GeForce GTX 580 SLI...
Asus MARS II Single-Card GeForce GTX 580 SLI
The Asus MARS II GeForce GTX 580 SLI’s name tells much of the story—this puppy is sporting a full-on GeForce GTX 580 SLI setup on a single PCB. If you recall, the dual-GPU GeForce GTX 590 is similar in principle, but its clock speeds are lower than a true 580 SLI setup to keep power consumption down. Not so with the MARS II. Asus has crammed a fully-featured GeForce GTX 580 SLI setup, reference clocks and all, onto one card with a huge, triple-slot wide cooler. We won’t disclose much more at this time, but enjoy the geek porn. We’ve got the MARS II burning through the benchmark suite “as we speak” and will have a full review posted in just a few days.
""Freakin awesome card, Freakin expensive too $1500,glad you have it and putting it in through its paces. Please MAX OUT METRO 2033 at 2560x1600. '
Crazy, geek porn is right! I'm looking forward to the full review.
Now you're just mashing it!
This thing is nuts. I'm giggling over here.
Marco ChiappettaManaging Editor @ HotHardware.com
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Do they need it back when your are done? Because I can find it a home in my case if not. :D
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I'm sure you could!
Ohhh yea baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Imagine liquid cooling this sucker and overclocking it :P I think this card would could certainly handle taking my brain to Mars and back :)
yeoooww !! and Wow ! can;t wait to see the rest of your adventures with the Mars card...let us know.How much fun your having with putting it through the paces.
Absolutely boogleZ the mind with what's to come ..GPUs are certainly getting to be very powerful for the home use and it may not be too long with all the processing power upcoming to have one's own planetarium inside the man-cave' to gaze at the stars along with a holographic 'playmate' [Paycheck Movie} near the mouse pad to provide the latest news, weather and other stuff.
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Did anyone else notice that it has an SLI hookup on the topside of the card for when I go to sleep and dream about my next build?
Two of these together just might rock your socks!
I may have to upgrade the 650-Watt SeaSonic as well.
As usual, we await your verdict and results!
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
Initial impressions are very good. Card is quiet and perf. is exceptional.
Yeah, that Seasonic 650W unit wouldn't cut it with this card. :) I can't talk specifics yet due to an embargo in place in the U.S. for some reason, but my stripped down graphics test machine, just pulled more than 650W with only a single MARS II card in it.
Can't wait to read all the juicy details... Not really surprised about the wattage that it is pulling considering it is two 580 cards.
Dam that is a beast and sweet!
Do a webcast with it and see if your old mic agrees with us :P
So Marco, how does this compair to the Aries? That is what I would be interested in knowing :)
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It smokes the Ares. Not even a comparison.
So lets read all about it,........
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