ASUS ROG MARS 760 Review
Published by Christian Ney on 19.11.13 (63386 reads)
For this edition of ASUS MARS Graphics card, ASUS has thought about something different than their usual recipe. This time, there aren't two high-end chips but two GTX 760 mid-range GPUs. You can find these chips on one single PCB combined with a powerful and beautiful cooler. Other than that the GPUs received a really decent factory overclocking and we're curious to see what this card is capable of.
ASUS has definitely outdone itself and has brought quite a surprise with the launch of the ASUS ROG MARS 760. The new ASUS ROG MARS 760 is actually the first dual-GPU card based on two GK104-225-A2 GPUs, or simply, two GTX 760 GPUs placed on the same PCB. If you actually stop to think about it, then you might stumble upon the fact that one GTX 760 card comes at quite a decent price point which puts the ASUS ROG 760 at quite good price/performance ratio on the market. So putting two GTX 760 GPUs on a single PCB and then making them work together with a decent PLX chip sounds like quite a plan, a plan that might scare off even the GTX 780 or the mighty GTX Titan.
With such a custom card, it's quite obvious that there is nothing according to reference specifications. There is a brand new cooler, a completely custom PCB and even a factory overclock on both GPUs. ASUS is not making any exceptions with this MARS card, as their ROG department has really decided to push the limit to a whole new level.
We will start off with frequencies. The base clock of this beast is set at 1'006 MHz while the Boost clock is at 1'072 MHz. After putting some load on these two chips we see that a maximum Boost clock goes all the way up to 1'123 MHz while the average Boost clock is at 1'123 MHz. On this card, the NVIDIA Boost technology is both temperature and power based, the latter being predominant, leading to more consistent results. The only time when the maximum Boost clocks drop is when we are putting heavy load on these GPUs using Furmark. Luckily load like this is not going to be applied in games so the ASUS ROG MARS 760 should stay at its maximum Boost almost the entire time. Another interesting feature is the fact that there is an SLI connector, which basically means that Quad-SLI setup is possible when two ASUS ROG MARS 760 graphics cards are paired. The PLX chip, which is there to make the two GK104's work in tandem, is the PEX8747.