Test Setup, Overclocking and Temps


Test Setup

With the latest drivers on board and enough PSU power to light London, we're ready to put the MARS 2 through its paces.

ForceWare 285.27
Intel Core-i7 950 @ 4GHz
Gigabyte G1 Assassin
Corsair AX1200W
6GB Mushkin Redline
Noctua NH-D14
Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Overclocking and Temperatures

Straight away we have to start with a bit of a complaint. This is the premium of all premium graphics cards, and so as such little things like the second GPU coming with a higher core voltage out of the box just shouldn't happen. We can understand if we had two different single GTX580s, but for something that's the price of a Tri-SLI GTX580 setup we expect our chips to be cherry picked from the very finest. 

ASUS ROG MARS 2 Review     ASUS ROG MARS 2 Review  

Of course if we have a difference in starting voltages this makes a big difference in ending speeds, and so it proves with the second of our two GPUs capable of a much higher clock speed and voltage to the first. It's wise to sync them and so you end up with a £1000 card that only overclocks 30MHz. Not good enough.

ASUS ROG MARS 2 Review     ASUS ROG MARS 2 Review

Thankfully though the extended development time and subsequent switch across to the GF110 GPU has meant the coolness benefits that chip brought. Even with two chips stressing the cooler the MARS 2 doesn't go above 79°C.


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Most Recent Comments

16-09-2011, 04:53:12

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, 05:11:21

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, 05:36:04

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, 07:12:37

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, 07:14:45

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

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