Here, two photos of the GTX 590 with the fan shroud removed. Check it out, a totally customized PCB. That's some serious choice in components right here. Very impressible. you can see the two GTX 580 GPUs, the chip in the middle is a bridge chip (NF200) so the two GPUs can communicate directly with each other instead of flooding the X16 PCIe express slot. Surrounding the GPUs are the memory ICs and then we see all the smaller stuff, like capacitors, voltage regulators, resistors and so on.
ASUS is using Samsung GDDR5 memory ICs with part number K4G10325FE-HC04. These are rated at 1250MHz (5000MHz effective), ASUS is running them at 4000MHz so there's tweaking room left.
You can see the two vapor chamber coolers in the upper photo, this is based off ASUS proprietary DirectCU cooling technology. Admittedly the cooling performance is really impressive on this product, especially since it keep the card at acceptable noise levels.
Sideways then, seen from down under, shrimps and the barbeeh matey, shrimps -- here you can get a good idea of how fat this thing is, 3-slot cooling is rather gigantic, let me just say ginormous here. It's a truly lovely design though, it's a great card to look at alright. But at 100 EUR per inch you can expect some quality stuff, right?
ASUS Mars II review We've seen the original brutal Mars, the exemplary ARES but ASUS is at it again with the all new Mars II, yep that's right. The x-factor products makes it prodigal return to manage a little bump and grinding.
Money aside, the dual-GPU product tested today is uber cool though. It's the stuff that make my digitized ticker go tick a little faster -- and once you have it in your hands, you'll make a nervous giggle. Ah well, talk is cheap, have a look and then we'll head onwards into the review of the Lucifer of graphics cards.
ASUS MARS review If you have been living under a rock and don't know what the ASUS Mars is .. let me give you an easy breakdown. You take two GeForce GTX 285 graphics cards, stick 4 GB of memory on there (2GB per GPU), sandwich them, SLI them up, market it as MARS, slap a limited edition label on there and make only a 1000 units. That in a nutshell is the product we'll be testing today. So without making a long and boring introduction, let's pop one of these little frackers into our finest test system and see where it ends up performance wise .. will this really be the fastest graphics card in the world anno September 2009 ?