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The Asus GeForce GTX 580 Mars 2 Edition boasts 512 CUDA cores, there are also 48 ROP (Raster Operations) units, the TAU (Texture Addressing Units) have been increased from 60 to 64 which is just 6.6% more than the GeForce GTX 480. The graphics clock speed for fixed function units is set at 772MHz. The GeForce GTX 580 is paired with 1536MB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 1002MHz (4008MHz DDR).
Extremely high performance.
Much faster than GTX 590 and HD 6990.
Robust PWM design.
Good overclocking potential.
Quieter than GTX 590 in idle.
Software voltage control via I2C.
Limited edition bragging rights.
Hardware modding soldering pads.
Very high price.
High power consumption.
Noisy fan under load.
Very limited voltage tuning options.
Backplate attached to fan assembly blocks access to back of the PCB for modding.
By InsideHW on February 20, 2012
Unfortunately, only those with gargantuan pockets will be able to afford this card. Not even a fat wallet will suffice by itself, as MARS II has only been made in 999 copies, which means that a good connection or a firm reservation will be required...
By Overclock3D on December 29, 2011
Frustrating. That's probably the word that we will take away from this review. Quad-SLI isn't exactly a new technology and yet just getting the MARS 2 SLI setup to work was a mission itself, and that's without considering getting the various...
By Atomic MPC on November 23, 2011
If you have the money, ASUS has the...
By Guru of 3D on September 23, 2011
Final words and conclusion Conclusion time then. We had a blast with the ASUS Mars II -- really it's one of the products out there that no one can afford, yet everybody wants. A massive x-factor can be assigned to the product as it is just...
By Overclock3D on September 16, 2011
So, the Republic of Gamers MARS 2 then.It's two GTX580s on the same board and the performance very much indicates this. Throughout our testing it was no quicker than a pair of stock GTX580s in SLI and, in those tests where we didn't have a...
By Motherboards.org on September 11, 2011
We are about to take a look at a card that really is something special. This isn’t the kind of card that the average consumer would be looking purchase. This card is for the extreme enthusiasts that want the bragging rights that this card...
By Motherboards.org on September 07, 2011
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By Legit Reviews on September 01, 2011
The ASUS MARS 2 is a very nice video card for the elite few that are willing to invest in one. The pros of this card far out-weigh the negatives and we hope that ASUS continues to bring products like this to market to satisfy the needs of die hard...
By HotHardware on August 26, 2011
Asus made summarizing the MARS II’s performance easy for us. The Asus MARS II is quite simply the fastest single graphics card we have ever tested, bar none. With the exception of Metro 2033 when run at 2560x1600, where the Radeon HD 6990 AUSUM...
By PCPer on August 25, 2011
The ASUS MARS II Dual GPU GTX 580 3GB graphics card isn't something that is built for most gamers. Instead it is built to show off the engineering talents at ASUS, the capability the company has to produce truly one-of-a-kind designs and to push...
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