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Oh don't worry, we aren't

I was honestly not impressed by the MARS II, but I would have still loved to have tried pushing it.





I keep telling people the VRMs are not the problem on the 590. Doesn't matter how many you slap on if it isn't done right.
So what really is the problem with the 590 then. Not to be facetious.
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post #72 of 92
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So what really is the problem with the 590 then. Not to be facetious.
I am glad you asked, most people ignore me. 90% of my issues are Quad-SLI issues for the most part.

Driver support isn't focused on us either. Its not just being selfish but we don't get much direct attention without a bunch of us confirming the same bug in whatever game, that to me just shows there is not much in the way of active QA using our cards.

If you are an overclocker, which the 590 is very readily overclockable, you just have a lot to consider, which I discuss in my 590 Flash & Overclock thread. It can be a headache to benchmark these cards a bit.
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I just cant believe they use COD4 to test the performance increase when Overclocked....

incredible...
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I remember so many people, telling me, dude you crazy, why would ASUS price it over $1000, you're stupid, why would ASUS come up with the most expensive graphics card to date.

Guess I was right after all.

Well I guess MARS II performance is easily beaten by 6990(If you can get one) + 6970, or simply 3 6970. With a much lower price point, of course.
Edited by andos - 8/18/11 at 10:54pm
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Who's going to buy this when there are better deals for the money. This product will drop in price to the $800-$900 area in no time, just like what happened to the Asus Ares
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post #76 of 92
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Funny, because for no reason in particular I dislike ASUS. I much prefer Gigabyte or MSI for my motherboards and video cards respectively.

How many non-restricted 2xGF110 cards were made? None. None whatsoever, so I believe the counter-argument you made against me doesn't quite hold water.

The fact of the matter is if ASUS didn't see people buying this card for the "sentimental value", they wouldn't have manufactured or released it.

People will buy it for the exclusivity, much like they bought the 590 for the exclusivity; but the 590s are completely different. They're underperforming reference cards. The MARS II is a beast of a card that is actually living up to what the 590 SHOULD have been.

If money is no object, get it. That's all I'll say.
They were restricted because Nvidia wanted to screw themselves over and cheapened out on the VRMs, which is the equivalent of building a Bugatti Veyron with cheap brakes, it's YOUR argument that doesn't "hold water". Why should anyone care about it not being "held back"? If someone wants the full clockspeed and an overclockable GF110 they'll go get one, two or three 580s. As I've explained about a dozen times before, there is no sentimental value in graphics cards, because in 2-3 years, all you'll be left with is an expensive paperweight that compares performance-wise to an entry/mid range card; the only exceptions are if:

A. The card marks a historical significance for the company
B. The company is going out of business (3dfx cards have "sentimental value" because of this)

This card has neither going for it, and as I've stated before, the only other sentimental value this card can have is to the owner, if he is a blind ASUS/Nvidia fanboy collecting graphics cards (this still gives it 0 value to anyone that isn't, unlike a proper collector's item that gains value over time).

As for your last statement, are you insane? For who is money "not an object", especially today in the current economic climate? Maybe for Bill Gates and about 100 other billionaires in the world it isn't, yet even none of them will give a crap about or even consider buying this graphics card.
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post #77 of 92
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I just cant believe they use COD4 to test the performance increase when Overclocked....

incredible...
This is something I ALWAYS rage about; like, why the hell would you drop 1k+ on a card if you just want to max out FREAKING COD?!!!!!

Nobody does that!!!!!!!!! Give us one of the most demanding, and most played games and test the OC on that at least, but not COD...
 
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post #78 of 92
damn the mars II is BRUTAL, imagine those in SLI with some waterblocks overclocked
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post #79 of 92
Time after time the next generations Flagship GPU is the same performance as the last generations Flagship dual GPU, if this is the case I'll take two 680's and a Dell U3011 or something equivalent/better so that I can enjoy me some Battlefield 3 Whilst in heaven .
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Considering the price and limited availability, it should have more than 1.5gb even more than 3gb. It needs to be special, possibly 4gb for each GPU. To make it more of a collectors item.
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