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Monday, 08 August 2011 09:44

Asus Mars II graphics card listed in EU

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Four digit price tag
For the past few years Asus has played a major role in the uber-high-end market thanks to its ROG series products, including graphics cards named after defunct gods.

The Mars II dual GTX 580 card picks up where the original Mars GTX 295 left off a few years back. It is based on two GF110 cores, clocked at a whopping 772MHz. The reference GTX 590 runs at 607MHz, but it still manages to consume up to 365W of power. There are no power consumption figures for the Mars II, but we can safely assume they are rather high. The Mars II packs 3GB of memory clocked at 1002MHz, about 150MHz higher than reference. The beast supports 4-way SLI, but this is basically a useless feature since it is a triple-slot design.

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There is also another issue. At €1260 to €1399, one can hardly describe the Mars II as a bargain. In fact, you can put together a pretty decent gaming rig for that sort of cash, without having Standard and Poor’s downgrade your credit rating.

Overclocked GTX 590 boards usually retail for about €600-€650, but they are a tad slower, so it would make a bit more sense just to get two “normal” cards instead.
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0 #1 dan 2011-08-08 10:40
Nothing makes sense about paying for this card, or a 590, or a 580. AMD's equivalent cards beat them in performance, price, power consumption, and audible noise.
 
 
-4 #2 MrScary 2011-08-08 11:30
Quoting dan:
Nothing makes sense about paying for this card, or a 590, or a 580. AMD's equivalent cards beat them in performance, price, power consumption, and audible noise.


And they don't blow and melt because of bad drivers.
 
 
-3 #3 Jurassic1024 2011-08-08 11:42
Quoting dan:
Nothing makes sense about paying for this card, or a 590, or a 580. AMD's equivalent cards beat them in performance, price, power consumption, and audible noise.



Noobs...
http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/41903-nvidia-geforce-gtx-590-3gb-review-21.html
 
 
+4 #4 bardenck 2011-08-08 13:36
$1500 card and they STILL cant put more than 3GB of ram on the damn thing!!
 
 
-6 #5 bro_fist 2011-08-08 14:57
dan and MrScary are gays. You will newer have enough money to buy ASUS ROG mobos and GPU. :D

Why don't you share reviews where HD 6xxx bests GTX 5xx? Or should I say where GTX 580 destroys anything?
http://paste2.org/p/1572028

Did anybody heard of AMD's desperate move to start selling DDR3 memory? :D While Nvidia taking serious business with J.P. Morgan? 8)
 
 
0 #6 Vizeroy 2011-08-08 15:04
Quoting bardenck:
$1500 card and they STILL cant put more than 3GB of ram on the damn thing!!


The memory controller is physically designed to accomodate the 1.5GB per GPU. This was a design decision and works most of the times.
Many AMD GPUs just use 1GB
 
 
+2 #7 Vizeroy 2011-08-08 15:11
Quoting bro_fist:
dan and MrScary are gays. You will newer have enough money to buy ASUS ROG mobos and GPU. :D

Why don't you share reviews where HD 6xxx bests GTX 5xx? Or should I say where GTX 580 destroys anything?
http://paste2.org/p/1572028

Did anybody heard of AMD's desperate move to start selling DDR3 memory? :D While Nvidia taking serious business with J.P. Morgan? 8)


*yawn* The old discussion, again?
I just care for which card gives me best bang for my bucks - and currently Nvidia doesn't.
Nvidia may be faster, but in really unbiased tests, the cards use more power and cost much more.
Maybe Kepler will change that, but we will know next year and not now.
 
 
+3 #8 bardenck 2011-08-08 15:12
Quoting Vizeroy:
Quoting bardenck:
$1500 card and they STILL cant put more than 3GB of ram on the damn thing!!


The memory controller is physically designed to accomodate the 1.5GB per GPU. This was a design decision and works most of the times.
Many AMD GPUs just use 1GB



i am speaking purely about 2560x1600 where the 590 would normally win at 1080, it would lose marginally at 2560, therefore showing an obvious memory bottleneck...for $1500 it better work EVERY time!! and should come with 6 GB of ram... why not!! people change the pcb's and add memory all the time..
 
 
0 #9 Vizeroy 2011-08-08 15:14
And the move to sell RAM is not desperate in my opinion. It is just a way to bind the customer more to the brand and have another selling point in using every component from one source to ensure compatibility.

A quite clever move, imho.

System buildes wouldn't need to check long compatibility lists, if AMD certifies their RAM for all 9 series chipset, for example.
This could result in more AMD systems from small OEMs.
 
 
-4 #10 spp 2011-08-08 17:36
AMD Radeon rules the performance crown for a long long time now. AMD’s advantages are there low power consumption, low heat, good quality drivers, longer life of the card and ultimately superb performance for the money. Whereas Nvidia’s Disadvantages are mainly there high power consumption, heat, low quality buggy drivers causing known severe issues like overheating GPU’s , burning cards (GTX590 a typical example) and generally lower life span of the card. I want clarify about me that i am not an AMD or Nvidia fan. What I said here is my personal experience more than 12 yrs in the field of computers. ATI/AMD Radeon is generally better in terms of the word “QUALITY” that includes everything. :-)
 

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