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ASUS ROG Mars II 3GB – A Mini Review

Mini Setup

Motherboard :             MSI P67A-GD55
Processor:                  Intel Core i7 2600K  @ 4.5GHz
RAM :                             Gskill F3-12800CL6D-4GBPI 6-8-6-24 at 1.6V
Hard Drive :                  Hitachi Deskstar 250GB
Power Supply :            Corsair HX620 PSU
                                        ASUS Vento 650W PSU
Graphics Card :           ASUS MARS II
CPU Cooler :                Cooler Master V6
Case :                            LianLi T60 TestBench
Operating System :    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit
Graphics Drivers :      Nvidia 280.26 Forceware Drivers

ASUS GTX 580 Matrix Platinum in Dual Card SLI

  GTX 580 Matrix Platinum ROG MARS II
Core Clock 816MHz 782MHz
Memory Clock 1002MHz 1002Mhz
Memory Size 1.5GB 3GB

Due to the limited time we had with our card, we did not bench the Mars II against more configurations that we normally do. We apologise to our readers for that and are planning to release a full fledged review with more numbers some time in the future.


3DMark Vantage (DX10)


3DMark 11 (DX11)



Unigine Heavens 2.5 (OpenGL)


Lost Planet II (DX11)


Resident Evil 5 (DX9)


Alien vs Predator (DX11)


Street Fighter IV (DX9)

As we can see in most cases, the Mars II performed close to and even edged the faster clocked dual SLi GTX 580 in some benchmark runs. This can be attributed to higher SLi latencies on the motherboard, and probably the optimized PCB traces on the Mars II.

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