The Asus ROG Mars II, following in the footsteps of its predecessor, is the fastest single card GPU in the world today, even edging the higher clocked SLi GTX 580 Matrix Platinum in some benchmarks. Much like the brilliant but fatally flawed GTX590, air cooling is simply not enough to tame and unlock the full potential of two GF110 Fermi cores on a single PCB.
Most unfortunately, the bragging rights of owning this limited 999 piece production run card comes at a mind boggling SGD$2499/US$1499. For the rational buyer, we simply cannot recommend this over a dual GTX590/HD6990 setup which would deliver almost double the performance, at around the same price range.
In our upcoming full review, we at VR-Zone hope to
1. Pit the card against competition from AMD/ATi (namely the HD6970 and HD6990)
2. Run two ASUS ROG Mars II in "Quad SLi"
3. Explore Water Cooling/LN2 effects on extreme overclocking
4. Upcoming Bulldozer / Sandy Bridge-E platforms
5. Run more benchmarks like Crysis 2 DX11, CUDA/Physx tests and even Battlefield 3!
This mini review was written by Yzuke Zhng, edited by Lennard Seah, and photo credits to Mervyn Chng.