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...
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.