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First seen at Computex this year, ASUS today released their long awaited ASUS MARS II. The MARS II is the first dual GeForce GTX 580 card, and is part of ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand of premium products targeting the gamer-overclocker market. Please note that ASUS did not choose the "GeForce GTX 590" name, even though the ASUS MARS II is a dual-GPU design. Rather they went with calling it Dual GeForce GTX 580, which makes sense since the MARS II comes at the full GeForce GTX 580 clock speeds. instead of the reduced clocked of the GTX 590


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That is PATHETIC

You pay THE DOUBLE PRICE of a 590 for what exactly? Higher clocks, better pcb and better cooling. Cool story bro! You don't even get 3gb of memory per gpu LOL
The packaging the dvi to vga converter isn't even BLACK! The Asus Ares at least had tons of extra goodies, even a mouse!
     
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eh is that a kitchen surface he is taking pictures on?!

tbh its a joke the price of that card get a gtx 590!
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Asus killed the sale of that card by making it 1.5GB per GPU. It could have easily been 3GB with that price tag. It's nice to see how a GTX 590 performs while not being limited by that 607MHz clock though.
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So not worth the price tag, why only 1.5GB per core? 3GB would have been a wiser choice for that price.

The power load is indeed shocking but kinda expected.
    
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Since it's a limited model, they should have strapped a waterblock on it instead.

Or throw one in the retail package so you can have a choice.
    
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People are better off buying three GTX580 3Gb's for tri sli
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70-90% scaling on a GTX580 in most games; I'd say that's quite impressive.

And people moaning about the price - it's a collectors item, and only 1000 are made. If people want to buy it, let them buy it.

If you want to whine about something, I'm sure there are plenty of Apple patent threads lying about.
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2 MSI 580 3GBs would be better.. and cheaper. Of course somebody will always say "good for people with a small case/1 PCI-e x16 slot" but if somebody can afford a graphics card as expensive as this, surely they can rather spend for a larger case/motherboard and 2 individual cards?

The only reason anybody would want this is because it is limited.
    
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70-90% scaling on a GTX580 in most games; I'd say that's quite impressive.

And people moaning about the price - it's a collectors item, and only 1000 are made. If people want to buy it, let them buy it.

If you want to whine about something, I'm sure there are plenty of Apple patent threads lying about.
I am inclined to agree with you but the 3gb vram should have been included and it's nowhere near as cool as what the Ares was - so it's a bit disappointing.

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