We all know about the standard line of graphics cards. It starts with your entry-level card and levels up until you have the flagship graphics card. And the levels are dictated by which GPU is onboard. Then we get the dual GPU graphics cards as the cherry on top, which are usually, based on reference designs. However, ASUS has done something that technically has no reference design. What they've done is taken the mid-range NVIDIA GTX 760 GPU, which is a fantastic value even on its own, and has put a pair of them on a single PCB. Meet the ASUS ROG MARS 760.
Using the still very powerful Nvidia GTX 760 GPU (Reviewed Here), ASUS has found a nice middle ground between great performance and efficient cooling. The MARS 760 still comes in your standard two-slot package with ASUS Direct CU II cooler. This gives the MARS 760 20% better cooling, quieter operation, while still being up to 39% faster than the GeForce GTX Titan. This is all thanks to 4 GB of GDDR5 memory, dual 90 mm fans, 8 copper heat pipes, and 12 phase power VRMs. And because it's only a two slot package, it will fit in the majority of gaming rigs today without crowding out your other expansion slots.
The ASUS MARS 760 graphics card will be like no other graphics card out there when it is released in the first half of December just in time for Christmas gaming. We don't have a price yet, but I expect it to be very competitive to top end single GPU solutions like the GTX Titan, or even, the more recently released GTX 780 Ti (Reviewed Here). We'll have to make up our minds when we get the price. Full press release below.
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ASUS Announces the Republic of Gamers MARS 760 Graphics Card
-- ROG’s groundbreaking dual-GPU card is 20% cooler, vastly quieter and has two GeForce GTX 760s to deliver faster gaming performance than the GeForce GTX TITAN --
November 19, 2013 - ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the MARS 760 graphics card featuring two GeForce® GTX 760 graphics-processing units (GPUs) capable of delivering incredible gaming performance and ensuring ultra-smooth high-resolution gameplay. The MARS 760 even outpaces the GeForce GTX TITAN — with game performance that’s up to 39% faster* overall. The MARS 760 is a two-slot card packed with exclusive ASUS technologies including DirectCU II for 20%-cooler and vastly quieter operation, DIGI+ voltage-regulator module (VRM) for ultra-stable power delivery and GPU Tweak, an easy-to-use utility that lets users safely overclock the two GTX 760 GPUs.
Exclusive ASUS features provide cool, quiet, durable and stable performance
ASUS exclusive DirectCU II technology puts 8 highly-conductive cooling copper heatpipes in direct contact with both GPUs. These heatpipes provide extremely efficient cooling, allowing the MARS 760 to run 20% cooler and vastly quieter than reference GeForce GTX 690 cards. Dual 90 mm dust-proof fans help to provide six times (6X) greater airflow than reference design. And with 4GB of GDDR5 video memory, the ASUS ROG MARS 760 is capable of delivering visuals with incredibly high frame rates and no stutter, ensuring extremely smooth gameplay — even at WQHD resolutions. An attention-grabbing LED even illuminates as the MARS 760 is operating under load.
The MARS 760 is equipped with ROG’s acclaimed DIGI+ voltage-regulation module (VRM), featuring a 12-phase power design that reduces power noise by 30% and enhances efficiency by 15%. Custom sourced black metallic capacitors offer 20%-better temperature endurance for a lifespan that’s up to five times (5X) longer. The new card is built with extremely hardwearing polymerised organic-semiconductor capacitors (POSCAPs) and has an aluminum back-plate, further lowering power noise while increasing both durability and stability to unlock overclocking potential.
Easy tuning of dual GPUs for awesome game performance
The exclusive GPU Tweak tuning tool allows quick, simple and safe control over clock speeds, voltages, cooling-fan speeds and power-consumption thresholds; GPU Tweak lets users push the two GTX 760 GPUs even further. The ROG edition of GPU Tweak included with the MARS 760 also enables detailed GPU load-line calibration and VRM-frequency tuning, allowing for the most extensive control and tweaking parameters in order to maximize overclocking potential — all adjusted via an attractive and easy-to-use graphical interface.
The GPU Tweak Streaming feature, the newest addition to the GPU Tweak tool, lets users share on-screen action over the Internet in real-time so others can watch live as games are played. It’s even possible to add a title to the streaming window along with scrolling text, pictures and webcam images.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
MARS 760 will be available in North America in the first half of December.
Full specifications are available at www.asus.com.