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ASUS MARS II Dual GTX 580 3GB Graphics Card Review

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: ASUS

Metro 2033

Metro 2033 (DirectX 11)


Metro 2033 is one of the best looking PC games in years.  By utilizing some advanced DX11 features as well as impressively high-quality shading routines this title pushes our graphics in way we have seen since the first days of Crysis.  

We ran Metro 2033 with Advance DOF disabled because it brought all of the cards but the GTX 480 to an unplayable state. 


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At the low end of Metro 2033 testing the ASUS MARS II is able to outperform the GTX 590 by 22.5% and that only increases as the resolution increases up to 2560x1600 where the gap is over 25%.  Compared to the single GTX 580 card the MARS II is nearly 80% faster!

August 26, 2011 | 12:43 AM - Posted by Sharpe (not verified)

Interesting engineering exercise, but for economic and practical reasons, I'd rather run my triple monitor setup with two 3GB GTX 580s with waterblocks.

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August 26, 2011 | 06:40 AM - Posted by P1NZ (not verified)

then ill definitely break in your house and steal all two lol, i have to get me this card

August 26, 2011 | 08:21 AM - Posted by mark (not verified)

We want a SLI Mars II review, just tell nvidea you'll give em right back :-P

August 26, 2011 | 09:32 AM - Posted by Bro (not verified)

@mark: here you go.

August 26, 2011 | 12:32 PM - Posted by mark (not verified)

thx a bunch BRO

August 26, 2011 | 12:32 PM - Posted by mark (not verified)

wait...its german

August 27, 2011 | 05:01 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

It's swedish, not german

August 26, 2011 | 05:27 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

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August 26, 2011 | 10:45 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

wtf, comparing benchmarks on the 6990 to a stock clocked 6990 with a retardedly high end dual 580? pathetic, flick the oc switch and throw those in too

August 27, 2011 | 07:15 AM - Posted by Ryan Shrout

You can of course check our results with the OC switch enabled here:

But we tested stock versus stock in this article...

September 1, 2011 | 04:26 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Honestly... for people who solely game... THE HECK YOU WANT 2 OF THESE FOR, spend it on tuition!
P.S. I'm in for 1, Thanks financial Aid!

September 1, 2011 | 10:13 PM - Posted by Ryan Shrout


September 3, 2011 | 04:00 AM - Posted by Shawn heus (not verified)

This is a great card but not for the price. Seriously you can get 2 6990's for only around 200 more and it's only a small amount faster than one 6990. Save your money and go AMD for now.

September 5, 2011 | 04:27 PM - Posted by Kayden

What I don't understand is why the card does not have 3 DVI connections. I know you can use a converter for the HDMI to DVI for surround gaming but still, it's not something included with the unit nor is it a cost I would consider for almost $1500.

None the less good review. I currently have 2x EVGA 580 GTX FTW Hydro Copper 2 for SLI and I all ready paid that price for those two. I am thrilled to see that my synthetic benchmarks did a little better then that card, they are over clocked at 850mhz out of the box and I wonder if there maybe a bottle neck performance wise with that card. Here is my results



November 3, 2011 | 12:44 AM - Posted by Gphish (not verified)

When two gtx580's reference boards are in SLI what is the estimated power consumption at full load? I see that one gtx580 at full throttle is around 395 (W). So am I to assume that in SLI the pair would hit at 790 (W)?

I have a x58 Sabertooth and a Corsair HX 1000 power supply.

December 7, 2011 | 11:14 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

"Normally we put aesthetics on the very furthest back burner for graphics cards but when you are shelling out $1300 for a card you might make more of it..."

you've GOT to be kidding me. this is like saying fancy set of ball bearings in a compressor need to be neon-lit. barring the moment you open the box, YOU WILL NEVER EVER EVER SEE THE GRAPHICS CARD AGAIN! EVER! who the hell cares what it looks like?!

January 15, 2012 | 05:07 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

100% agree. Hell if Hello Kitty had a fully branded card that had an performance advantage over this card at the same cost I would buy that and watercool it with pink fluid just to match.

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May 5, 2012 | 07:52 PM - Posted by Komander Maut (not verified)

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