ASUS ROG MARS 760 Video Card Review

The ASUS ROG MARS 760 is one of the most unique custom built video cards out on the market today. ASUS has designed a video card sporting dual NVIDIA GTX 760 GPUs on a single video card and given gamers something that didn't exist before in the market place. We will find out how it compares with the fastest video cards out there.

Introduction

ASUS is known for creatively conceiving custom video cards that step outside the norm and bring enthusiast gaming level features and performance to gamers. There are a few video card brands under ASUS which emphasize this level of enthusiast gaming support. These brands are heralded under the banner of ASUS' ROG / Republic of Gamers branding for video cards. Video cards under the ROG branding have the highest level of performance and innovation from ASUS dedicated to PC gaming. ROG is more than just hardware, as it is a whole ecosystem from ASUS that makes up this enthusiast level of hardware that takes a step apart from the normal lineup.

Under the ROG umbrella are several series from ASUS including the MARS, MATRIX, ARES and now also POSEIDON series of video cards. The MATRIX series are well known for their highest performing single-GPU video cards with extreme overclocking. The ARES series is known for bringing two AMD GPUs together on one PCB. The MARS series is known for bringing two NVIDIA GPUs together on one PCB. It is the MARS series we are interested in today.

Today we have the brand new ASUS ROG MARS 760 video card to show you for evaluation. As the name suggests, this video card brings two NVIDIA GPUs together in one video card package format. With the ASUS ROG MARS 760, ASUS is bridging two GPUs together in a format that NVIDIA does not offer. Therefore, ASUS is bring to market something more than NVIDIA offers, creating a unique performance profile to the market.

If you are curious which MARS video card came right before the ROG MARS 760 you will see that it was the ASUS ROG MARS II. The ASUS ROG MARS II consisted of two GeForce GTX 580 GPUs on one PCB. At the time of the GTX 580 the GTX 580 was a high-end GPU, at the high-end of the performance spectrum. The new ASUS ROG MARS 760 is not using today's current generation high-end GPU, which would be the 780 or 780 Ti. Instead, it is using two GeForce GTX 760's, today's mid-range GPU flavor. It is interesting to note that change from using the high-end GPU to a now mid-range GPU. The performance level expected is greater than TITAN performance, and competing with the GTX 780 Ti.


ASUS ROG MARS 760 Specs

First, the price. ASUS states that the MSRP should be $649 for this video card. Prices have been fluctuating on video cards a lot this year. At Newegg the video card is out-of-stock, but it is advertised at the right price. At Amazon it is in stock, but at a whopping $832. Demand and availability has certainly affected prices.

So what is the ASUS ROG MARS 760? Basically, it is one video card with two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760 GPUs on a single PCB. These are fully speced GTX 760 GPUs with absolutely no downscaling of specification or memory bus. In fact, the two GPUs are overclocked by ASUS out-of-the-box. This creates a unique combination that is offered nowhere else in a single video card package.

Therefore, we have two GeForce GTX 760 GPUs with 1,152 CUDA Cores a piece. The base clock is set at 1006MHz and the boost clock is at 1072MHz on each GPU. This is higher than the stock GTX 760 cards clock speed of 980MHz base clock and 1033MHz boost clock. The memory bus is unchanged with 256-bit wide memory bus on each GPU with 2GB of 6GHz GDDR5 memory. That means, there are two 2GB partitions for memory, as memory is not shared, the framebuffer only has access to 2GB per GPU.

ASUS has done an amazing job customizing this video card from head-to-toe. Since this isn't something that NVIDIA offers ASUS was able to go all out creating this thing from the ground up with high-end components. ASUS' acclaimed DIGI+ VRM is on board with 12-phase Super Alloy Power. There are Japanese-made black metallic capacitors for 20% better temperature endurance and 5x longer lifetime usage. POSCAPs are in use to lower power noise, enhance overclocking and improve stability beyond analog designs. ASUS is using its DirectCU II cooling fan with 8 total heatpipes. There is even an illuminated red LED MARS light atop the video card while the card is working.

We will have all of the review kit slides with detailed information posted on the next page so you can read every bit of detail about this video card.

ASUS ROG MARS 760 Pictures

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The front of the box is uniquely barren, with just the mention of what lies inside. On the back of the box more details are shown. Inside the box you will find the video card, it is not inside an anti-static bag. However, there are covers on all the ports and PCI-Express and SLI connectors to cover and protect these. Underneath lies all the software and extras.

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Software includes of a speed setup manual, a CD and some extra cables. There is a DVI to HDMI adapter and 8-pin power splitter cables. There is also a ROG badge you can put on your case to display what lies inside.

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The ASUS ROG MARS 760 measures 11" in length, 4.38" in width and 1.6" in height. The DirectCU II cooler sits atop the two heatsinks. The heatsinks are partitioned to sit on each GPU separately. There are four copper heat pipes per heatsink. This means each GPU has a heatsink sitting atop it with 4 heatpipes. That makes the 8 total for the entire card. The backplate adds a bit of passive cooling to the back components but also keeps the video card sturdy.

Interestingly the video card does have an SLI connector atop the video card if you want to pair it up with another ASUS ROG 760 for quad GTX 760 performance.

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The ASUS ROG MARS 760 has three DVI outputs, there are two DVI-I outputs and one DVI-D. There is also a mini DisplayPort connector on the back I/O station. The video card also supports HDMI by utilizing the included DVI to HDMI adaptor. Because of the dual-GPU nature this video card can support triple-display from all three DVI ports for NV Surround gaming. This video card also requires two 8-pin power connectors.

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The MARS logo does pulsate in red color as the video card is loaded. It looks quite good paired with ASUS's MAXIMUS series of motherboards.