When word first came out about the Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) MARS videocard, we used words like "mammoth" and "monstrous" to describe it. First showcased at Computex 2009, the card is now set to become more than just something thought up by the Asus engineers as it will soon become available in the US and Canada.
This is not your father's GTX 295 as Asus has decided to put together something a little different with this card. First they started with dual GTX 285 GPUs and then went a little crazy, adding a 4GB frame buffer with the world's first 1024-bit memory interface (512-bit per GPU). The engineers beefed up the cooling with 66% greater heatpipe coverage with the end result being a card Asus claims is 23% more powerful than conventional GTX 295 graphics cards with a 20% better heat dissipation rate.
The card sports a core clock speed of 648MHz, shader clock speed of 1476MHz and memory clock speed of 1.152GHz (2.304GHz data rate). In addition to tweaking performance, Asus added EMI shielding around the card, covered chokes and Low RDS(on) MOSFETs that run 25% more efficient and 15C cooler than standard components along with a pair of fuses for double the overvoltage protection when compared to reference designs.
With only 1000 units scheduled to be produced with each card assigned a unique serial number, I bet you're asking "How much?" and "When can I get one?". Well, Asus isn't exactly saying although the company did reveal that details will be announced on ASUS' official Twitter social networking page.