ASUS MARS 760 review: dual GTX 760 graphics card

Better option than the 780 Ti?

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Introduction

ASUS launched a new Mars card this week. After introducing the first Mars back in 2009, that name has been reserved for graphics cards with two GPUs that aren't officially dual-GPU Nvidia cards. As you probably guessed already, the new MARS 760 combines two GeForce GTX 760s. We extensively tested the card with our usual benchmarks.


The first ASUS Mars card was equipped with two GeForce GTX 285 GPUs. Nvidia skipped the GeForce GTX 400 series and in 2011 introduced the Mars two, which was based on two GeForce GTX 580 GPUs. A prototype Mars III that combined two GTX 680s and 8 GB of video memory was shown at Computex last year, but never appeared on the market. ASUS skipped another generation, in other words, and the third generation Mars is therefore based on the 700 series.

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ASUS MARS 760

Unlike the first two, the new Mars graphics card isn't based on a high-end GPU and instead teh GTX 760. While that's certainly not a slow card, it has the GTX 770, GTX 780 and GTX 780 Ti positioned above it. That likely has to do with the fact that it's impossible to have two GK110 GPUs on a single PCB without melting it.

The official specs say that the MARS 760 is slightly faster than the GeForce GTX Titan and the GeForce GTX 780 Ti. It will reportedly cost around £520, slightly less than a GTX 780 Ti. 


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