ASUS’ ROG MARS extreme video card hits the US shores

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We talked about them when they were first shown off a few months ago, and now ASUS’ super high end ROG MARS video cards are now available in the US.  The past couple of years have shown us a number of more affordable options in the video card market, so it’s interesting to see ASUS take what is essentially the opposite direction.

ASUS ROG MARS

The ROG stands for Republic of Gamers, ASUS’ branding for some of their high-end, enthusiast, gamer-centric product lines.  The MARS limited edition video card is a take off of NVIDIA’s GTX295 top of the line video card reference design.  The GTX295 is similar to two GTX285 GPUs, but each is a little underpowered compared to the 285 in order to work in tandem.  Together the two are much more powerful, however, than a regular GTX285. 

ASUS ROG MARS keeps the GTX285 hardware at its original clock speeds and power, implementing them on a single board with a staggering 4GB of onboard graphics memory.  They claim that their card is 23% more powerful than a regular GTX295, which is a commendable leap.  The card isn’t just more powerful, though, as ASUS worked hard to use high-end components all over.  Their design offers 65% better heatpipe coverage and a 20% heat dissipation rate.  High efficiency components are rated to be 25% more power efficient than traditionally used materials.  Two fuses work together to protect the card from overvoltages (only one is found on reference designs).

Specifications

  • GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX285 x 2
  • BUS: PCI Express 2.0
  • Memory: 4GB DDR3
  • GPU clock speed: 648MHz
  • Shader clock speed: 1476MHz
  • Memory clock speed: 1.152GHz (2.304GHz)
  • Maximum resolution supported: 2560×1600
  • Outputs: 1 x VGA (via DVI), 2 x DVI-I, 1 x HDMI 
  • Accessories: DVI-VGA adapter, leather mouse pad

The line will be limited to only 1000 units, all of which will be individually numbered.  It’s expected that the cards will go for about a grand.  There’s no word yet on exactly when and where you’ll be able to purchase the cards; the company is playing coy by saying they’ll announce it on their Twitter account.

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