Introduction and Technical Specifications



Christmas is a time for gluttony. Over indulgence. Having way more than you really should. It's also the season of giving, of unexpected gifts.

So with all this in mind we thought we'd be very giving here at OC3D and bring you something unexpected, that's also extremely indulgent. So much hardware that you will be metaphorically stuffed and promising to never eat again.

Back in September we reviewed the ASUS MARS 2. A graphics card equipped with two full GTX580 chips and costing more than a thousand pounds. Since then we've looked at the Rampage IV Extreme and the latest 2011 Intel CPU, the 3960X. Lots of high-end hardware indeed.

What if you won the lottery and suddenly found yourself flush with cash. You'd surely put the MARS 2 in a 2011 motherboard. Although if you had that kind of money, why not have two and go Quad-SLI? That would be insane performance wouldn't it?

Wonder no more. That's where we come in. Welcome to the insanity that is our festive ASUS MARS 2 SLI review. Grab a plate of nibbles and strap in.

Technical Specifications

In case you've forgotten the monstrous specifications of the MARS 2, here they are in all their eye-opening glory.

Graphics EngineNVIDIA GeForce GTX 580x2
Bus StandardPCI Express 2.0
Video MemoryGDDR5 3GB
Engine Clock782 MHz
CUDA Core1024
Memory Clock4008 MHz ( 1002 MHz GDDR5 )
Memory Interface384-bit x2
ResolutionD-Sub Max Resolution : 2048x1536
DVI Max Resolution : 2560x1600
InterfaceD-Sub Output : Yes x 1 (via DVI to D-Sub adaptor x 1)
DVI Output : Yes x 2 (DVI-I)
HDMI Output : Yes x 1
Display Port : Yes x 1 (Regular DP)
HDCP Support : Yes
Accessories1 x Extended SLI cable
2 x Power cable
1 x DVI to D-Sub adaptor
SoftwareASUS Driver and Utility
ASUS FeaturesDirectCU Series
Super Alloy Power
Dimensions13 " x 6.2 " x 2.5 " Inch

But we know you're not here to ponder card dimensions and maximum resolutions.

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Most Recent Comments

29-12-2011, 11:06:23

OH MY GOD! Damn i can't wait to read it.


29-12-2011, 11:22:23


Some massive results from SLI, nothing is coming close to them for a while anyway.


29-12-2011, 11:26:14

I really enjoyed watching the video review, Nice work on putting together such a great review, it's the sort of thing you don't see terribly often someone doing a review just cause they can. Keep up the great work! Quote

29-12-2011, 12:04:39

I've been looking forward to reading this review since you gave us a peek at the setup.

I'm kinda disappointed and impressed at the same time. You would expect mind blowing out the box... I guess no one expects someone to spend £2k + ON GRAPHICS ALONE!!!!

Thanks for the review Tom, I can't see anyone doing the same review for quite some time lol.Quote

29-12-2011, 13:43:05

Get them submitted at the BOT! Quote

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