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ASUS priming MARS II for graphics-card domination

by Tarinder Sandhu on 30 May 2011, 15:42

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AMD claims the Radeon HD 6990 is the fastest graphics card on the market. NVIDIA makes noises that its dual-GPU beastie GeForce GTX 590 is top dog.

A partner for both companies, ASUS is planning to blow their high-octane GPUs out of the water with a custom-designed behemoth of a card.

We managed to grab a hastily-taken picture of the MARS II. This bad boy is said to taken in two full-fat GeForce GTX 580 - hopefully at full speed, too - and cram them into one oversized card.

ASUS wasn't at all keen on us poking around with the card at COMPUTEX 2011, so we have little to divulge in the way of speeds and feeds. We leave it to you, dear reader, to take an educated guess at the specifications of this monster. Reckon it'll become the indisputable graphics champ for this year?

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I actually don't care all that much about the ARES cards.

The first time round, it was quite a spectacular feat, to cram two full-on cards into one.

Now though, it's just the same thing every year. And when we've got a GTX 590, a GTX 580 X2 isn't going to be a whole lot faster. Whilst it's an admirable technical achievement, it's not something that's going to make us all turn round and gawp, because it just isn't a huge jump from what we already have.

Not to mention that nobody is ever actually going to own one, because blowing £1k is utterly pointless when you'll probably have mere minutes before the next gen is out and your money was completely wasted.
Total over kill and pointless… Nothing more than really a show off product….
Considering the prices of these ARES cards, they should stop messing about and cram 3 GPUs on them! :help:
Considering the prices of these ARES cards, they should stop messing about and cram 3 GPUs on them! :help:

Why stop at 3? Quad SLI on a single card FTW :p