On the next few pages we'll show you some photos. The images were taken at high resolution and then cropped and scaled down. The camera used was a Canon 450D 12 MegaPixel.
There's no review without a retail box shot here at Guru3D.com, this is what you can expect when you purchase the product, assuming you can find it :)
Inside you'll find the product which is carefully packaged in Styrofoam. You'll receive the basics, including power converter cables as the MARS required two 8-pin PCie power leads. other than that, driver CD, pouch manual, SPDIF cable and sub-d-DVI dongle.
So let's focus on the card itself. Very heavy, very sturdy. The casing is made out of a metal finish.
Being the dual-PCB version you have an advantage, you get a native HDMI connector. Both the DVI ports support simultaneous HDCP and are dual link capable. Dual link means you can hook up a high resolution monitor up to 2560 x 1600, and likely even higher.
A thing from the past is the 7-pin analog HDTV-out mini-din, and S-video connector, or YPrPb (component) or composite outputs. Well, the last time I used that connector was before 2004, so I made my peace with that.
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 ?