Asus Mars: Highest-end graphics card in action
On a Finnish LAN party a PC system based on a Core i7 975 Extreme Edition and two Asus Mars was on display. The processor and the graphics cards have been cooled with liquid helium and were able to run Crysis fluidly at 2560 x 1600pixels.
Asus has presented the Mars, a self developed combination of two Geforce GTX 285s, to the public. The Asus Mars is more or less an enhanced version of the GTX 295 which "only” consists of two underclocked GTX 275s. Asus apparently didn't want to stick to those restrictions and thus put two Geforce GTX 285s with 2 GiByte VRAM into a single device. The Mars runs at the same frequencies as a common GTX 285 (648 MHz GPU, 1476 MHz Shader, 1242 MHz VRAM).
In order to make this extraordinary graphics card even rarer Asus limited the production to only 1000 units.
Now a PC system with a 4-way SLI setup consisting of two Mars was on display at the Finnish LAN party Assembly Summer 09 in Helsinki. Both graphics cards and the processors were cooled with liquid helium. Among the tests the system was benchmarked with was the popular, but demanding Crysis. The system was able to run the game with 60 frames per second (only 60 fps because Vsync was activated) at a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels and highest settings. In the Extreme test of 3DMark Vantage the system reached very good X26293 points which is said to be the highest result reached with a graphics card available in free trade. Unfortunately the report does not reveal at what frequencies the individual components were running during the tests.
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