Computex: ASUS Mars III Dual GTX 680 Card Comes With 8GB RAM

Subject: Graphics Cards | June 5, 2012 - 12:59 PM |
Tagged: nvidia, mars 3, gtx 680, computex, asus

ASUS has created a graphics card that places two NVIDIA GTX 680 GPUs and 8GB of RAM on a single PCB cooled by three fans and a heatpipe-aided fin array. With three PCI-E power connectors and a dual slot design, you can bet that it will be expensive, large, and in charge (of your electric bill). (Even so, I still want one even if I have to get a new case :P).

ASUS is showing off a graphics card at Computex that is sure to be of interest to enthusiasts everywhere. The successor to their elusive Mars II (which we reviewed here), the new ASUS Mars III is a dual GPU graphics card utilizing two NVIDIA GTX 680 GPUs and a total of 8GB of GDDR5 memory on a single PCB. The dual slot card is cooled by three fans on an aluminum and heatpipe aided fin array. Around the back of the card are three eight pin PCI-E power connectors for up to 525watts of power! There is also a red button to the left of the connectors that spins the fans up to 100% for maximum overclocking. Towards the front is a single SLI connector (for up to 4-way SLI) along with three DVI ports and a mini-DisplayPort for video output.

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In short, this graphics card is a total beast. Although we do not yet know clockspeeds or other specific details, you can expect the cards to be expensive and very fast. According to VR-Zone, the card being shown off at Computex 2012 is an engineering sample and the company is still working to refine the final design – particularly the cooler and PCB. You can find more photos of this massive card here.

Source: VR-Zone

June 5, 2012 | 06:22 PM - Posted by MaRK (not verified)

maybe if there wasnt a 690 already, 4 way sli, wow.

June 5, 2012 | 07:08 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

I am curious how much faster this is than the GTX 690 - that you also can't find.

June 6, 2012 | 12:40 AM - Posted by Arb (not verified)

if they use least stock 680 clockings looking at 400watts so extra 125watts is for overclocking, might well go with 3x8 instead of 2x8,1x6 at that point. might be a little faster then 690. But question comes down to cost of it

December 5, 2012 | 07:06 PM - Posted by GlassDeviant (not verified)

There's only one problem: the 690 does not have 8GB of VRAM like this board, it has 4.

June 6, 2012 | 04:02 PM - Posted by A Crivello (not verified)

I'd be more intrested in a Direct CU triple slot option on the 690 if and when they are available. I've got a dc top edition 680 and it doesn't touch 70 degrees.

June 6, 2012 | 09:56 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

Yeah, it would be interesting to see custom 690s.

June 13, 2012 | 02:34 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Well it's an 8GB card, so it'll destroy the 690 in surround.

June 13, 2012 | 06:22 PM - Posted by HeavyHunter19 (not verified)

yeah,my gtx 680 is sufficient for me.

July 16, 2012 | 03:50 AM - Posted by waqas (not verified)

i hate this card

July 17, 2012 | 01:27 PM - Posted by salama (not verified)

AMD Radeon HD 7970 CF - 2x925MHz/5.5GHz 6GB GDDR5 faster

August 25, 2012 | 01:49 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Well that would be two cards not one, and typically the 7970 scores lower in both CF and Single card than the 680 so that is a unlikely claim.

September 25, 2012 | 10:32 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

You're an unlikely claim. No, in all seriousness - it comes down to the game. 7970 beats 680 in many games, and vice versa. So stop your stupid, please.

August 2, 2012 | 01:58 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

this card is probably never going to be sold to eney body cuz there most likely going to be hard as hell to come across eney way and if you can its going to be pricy

April 23, 2013 | 03:43 AM - Posted by Mohsin Ali (not verified)

let see if this card is going to beat up asus aris 7970x2 edition

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