Introduction and Technical Specifications



The successor to the original mental card, the MARS, has been a long time coming.

Back when we first previewed it over a year ago it was a twin GTX480. Since then not only have we seen a twin HD5870 nutter called the ASUS ARES, but equally the GTX480 didn't exactly endear itself to either the public, or those who have to keep the things cool. ASUS, never one to rest upon their laurels took the brave, but wise, step of going right back to the drawing board and designing a card that took advantage of nVidias rapid update.

So now, after much gestation, the MARS 2 is here and in its final form it comes bearing two GTX580s, the far cooler/quicker evolution of the Fermi GF100.

Of course a card with this much power has to be released under the Republic of Gamers branding and with a suitable £1000+ price-tag. The question is, how good is it?

Technical Specifications

As befits a card with eye-opening capabilities, the twin GF110 GPUs are backed up by 3GB of GDDR5. Otherwise it's fairly standard stuff, if the combination of two GTX580s on a single board can ever be considered standard.

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


Let's get a good look at her shall we.

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Most Recent Comments

16-09-2011, 08:53:12

Had a quick read, oh my the price >.<. lol @ 1 for price haha, I would prefer 3x580'S, DEFO not for me lol. I'll wait until it's in the acceptable price range.Quote

16-09-2011, 09:11:21

Watched the full vid today GREAT review as always nice card if you got money burning a hole in your pocket.Quote

16-09-2011, 09:36:04

Thanks for a good and thorough review.

Agreed preformance is disappointing but I think the damn thing looks like it's been in a fender bender with that 3 slot grill and the sloping fan cover. It just looks wrong.Quote

16-09-2011, 11:12:37

I have not watched the videos yet, but I did skim read the written review. Saw the price, and realised this card is more expensive than my entire rig. If I was the type of person who had enough money to just throw around, I still wouldn't get this card.Quote

16-09-2011, 11:14:45

Brilliant review of an overpriced card. I've seen these cards going for upto £1500 on Ebay.Quote

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