ASUS MARS series graphics card has always been the most sought after add-on to a gamer’s or enthusiast’s personal computer. These graphics cards aim to be placed at the far end of the performance scale, providing gamers with unparalleled experience for their games. However, as flagship GPUs get more power consuming, ASUS found it increasingly difficult to put two high end GPUs on a single PCB. Instead of going with dual GTX 780Ti on the new MARS graphics card, they chose the GTX 760 instead. This way, they can focus themselves on creating a graphics card to outperform the best single GPU graphics card on the market i.e. GTX Titan. The ASUS MARS GTX 760 was thus borned.
Featuring 2 Kepler based GK104 graphics core on a single PCB, this beast is sure to performance very well and will gain the attention of many.
In today’s test, we are going to focus on the aesthetics, physical properties and 1920 x 1080 mainstream gaming performance of the ASUS MARS 760 dual GTX 760 graphics card.
- Graphics processor 2 x Nvidia GeForce GTX 760, 1,006MHz (boost 1,072MHz)
- Pipeline 2 x 1,152 stream processors, 2 x 96 texture units, 2 x 32 ROPs
- Memory 2 x 2GB GDDR5, 6GHz effective
- Bandwidth 2 x 192GB/sec, 2 x 256-bit interface
- Compatibility DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.3
- Outputs/Inputs 2 x Dual Link DVI-I, Dual Link DVI-D, mini-DisplayPort
- Power connections 2 x 8-pin PCI-E, top-mounted
- Size 280mm, dual slot
- Warranty Three years
|3 x DVI ports, 1 x mini Display Port|
|MARS GTX 760 is powered with 2 x 8pin connectors|
|SLI connector for 4-way SLI with another MARS GTX 760|
Aesthetics and Cooling features
|MARS logo at the top of the card|
Heat output and cooling performance
In terms of the cooling performance of the MARS 760, the card was kept well under 90 degrees Celsius. We found out that in a usual room setting and with the card placed inside a PC chassis, the temperature peaked at 82 degree Celsius. This test was done with the card placed in default settings. This means that the fan speed was kept at auto and was not deliberately increased.
Benchmarks and Performance
In Direct X 11 Resident Evil Benchmark, we saw the benchmark test running extremely smoothly. The test gave a result of 73.8FPS. This means that the card handled more graphics intensive games very well too.
Far Cry 2 Direct X 10 game benchmark gave a average framerate of 112.29, affirming gamers of the great performance of the ASUS MARS 760 for all games on the market.
We then put the MARS 760 to one of the most graphics intensive games. In the Lost Planet 2 benchmark, MARS 760 still gave a score of above 60FPS, making the game highly playable with this card. Not to leave out the fact that the game was placed at its highest possible graphics settings, it really shows how well the MARS 760 is working.
Surprisingly, MARS 760 did splendidly at Heaven Benchmark with all settings maxed out at 1920 x 1080, returning a score of 1788.
If you want to play the latest games in the market on a FullHD monitor at the highest possible settings, look no further as the MARS GTX 760 is exactly what you are looking for. The graphics card performed very well throughout all the different graphics card tests and produced magnificent results. Other than being a great game renderer, its equipped cooling technology is also commendable as the card was kept cool and quiet throughout its operations. MARS GTX 760 carries the branding of ASUS’s Republic of Gamers and boasts the usual outstanding design from the hardworking designers at ROG. We thought that this card is the perfect example of technical design fused with aesthetic design and we hope that all future graphic cards from ASUS will also boast such awesome engineering. It makes every single purchaser of the MARS GTX 760 proud as a user of it.