Asus' Dual-GTX 480 "MARS II" Card is Out of this World

Forget about the heat, noise, or cost. For those who have to have the fastest single-GPU videocard on the planet, Nvidia's GTX 480 takes the crown. The discussion gets a little more interesting, however, when you start talking about the fastest videocard around, a distinction that belongs to AMD's dual-GPU HD 5970. At least for now.

Say hello to Asus' MARS II graphics card, the unannounced, unconfirmed, yet delightfully leaked card that packs not one, but TWO GTX 480 chips under a single hood.

Asus isn't willing to divulge any details on the upcoming card just yet, but that's okay, because a picture is worth a thousand words, right? There's an internal SLI connection between the two GPUs, which are situated on opposite sides of the card. Also visible are three 8-pin power connectors, which tells us this thing is going to sip some serious juice. And if our math is up to par, this thing will come crammed with 960 CUDA cores.

Other than that, we'll have to wait until Asus is ready to officially let the cat out of the bag.