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Asus Mars GTX 295 8GB SLI Runs Far Cry 2 2160p

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8 GB of graphics RAM enough for you?

Have the need for speed? Check out the Asus Mars GTX 295, which its maker claims to be the fastest video card on the planet at the current moment. It set the world record in 3DMark with a score of X25057 just before Computex, and now it’s basking in all its glory at the show.

Asus had these running Far Cry 2 at the show at a mind (and monitor) blowing resolution of 3840 x 2160. Put two of them together for a quad-SLI setup with 8 GB of graphics memory.

We haven’t gotten one in our labs yet, but we hope to soon. Until then, check out our GTX 295 vs. GTX 275 comparison.

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    megamanx00 , June 3, 2009 9:44 PM
    Man, that's insane. Well if you can afford it why not. Even so it will probably be outclassed by 40nm and 32nm DX11 solutions in a few months.
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    grieve , June 3, 2009 9:18 PM
    It's just a beast! with a price tag to match im sure....
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    touchdowntexas13 , June 3, 2009 9:18 PM
    3840 x 2160? I'll be content upgrading to 1920 x 1080 :) 
    I would love to see what 2160p look like though...
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    touchdowntexas13 , June 3, 2009 9:18 PM
    3840 x 2160? I'll be content upgrading to 1920 x 1080 :) 
    I would love to see what 2160p look like though...
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    grieve , June 3, 2009 9:18 PM
    It's just a beast! with a price tag to match im sure....
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    ravenware , June 3, 2009 9:42 PM
    Gives me a hard on
  • 15 Hide
    megamanx00 , June 3, 2009 9:44 PM
    Man, that's insane. Well if you can afford it why not. Even so it will probably be outclassed by 40nm and 32nm DX11 solutions in a few months.
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    Luscious , June 3, 2009 10:05 PM
    I believe the correct term is QFHD, not 2160p, and the monitors need four cable connections to display that resolution.
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    judeh101 , June 3, 2009 10:18 PM
    sweet!
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    christop , June 3, 2009 10:25 PM
    God how much is it????? humm 1000???
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    apmyhr , June 3, 2009 10:56 PM
    Pei-chenDoubt it. Nvidia and ATI don't usually release dual GPU cards at launch. GTX 380 or what not need to be twice as fast as GTX 285 to beat this card.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't one 8800 easily beat two 7900 cards in SLI? I know its not exactly the same as a dual GPU board, but the principal is the same.
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    alvine , June 3, 2009 10:58 PM
    sweet card but bad timing. new series will come out before 2010 so why not wait for gtx 3xx / ati 5xxx series :p 
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    NuclearShadow , June 3, 2009 11:25 PM
    While it may be impressive I can't see anyone logically spending so much to get such performance. It sure isn't going to be cheap and lets face it at this time any large investments in GPU's will be in vain with DX11 in the not so distant future.
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    eklipz330 , June 3, 2009 11:30 PM
    LusciousI believe the correct term is QFHD, not 2160p, and the monitors need four cable connections to display that resolution.

    you aren't completely right, but you aren't wrong either.

    2160p is the resolution in progressive scan. QFHD gives the same information that 2160p does.

    It's like saying FULL HD or just 1080p. they're both the samething
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    Gin Fushicho , June 3, 2009 11:41 PM
    Pei-chenCan it play Crysis? Doubt it. Nvidia and ATI don't usually release dual GPU cards at launch. GTX 380 or what not need to be twice as fast as GTX 285 to beat this card.


    Thats a dumb question.... if it can play Farcry2 at that rez I'm sure it can play Crysis.
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    Aerobernardo , June 3, 2009 11:42 PM
    A thousand limited units for a thousand dollars each. Try googling it
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    norbs , June 4, 2009 12:02 AM
    Hmm this just reminds me of the 3dfx way of making a card more advanced.
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    tipmen , June 4, 2009 12:19 AM
    All i know is i want one....
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    touchdowntexas13 , June 4, 2009 12:31 AM
    I would agree with others saying that it is better to wait rather than shell out a bunch of cash now on an extreme gpu. With the smaller die coming out not too long from now, we should see a little bit better overclockability and energy efficiency. Not to mention DX11...

    But whatever. If you have the money to buy now and later, i guess you can afford this beast. I kind of think the timing of this gpu is a little late though...
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    bmadd , June 4, 2009 1:30 AM
    If you are even considering this then you don't care if you need to upgrade it 6months for another 5% gain in FPS. Cause you already have money out the A$$
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    Pei-chen , June 4, 2009 2:37 AM
    apmyhrCorrect me if I'm wrong, but didn't one 8800 easily beat two 7900 cards in SLI? I know its not exactly the same as a dual GPU board, but the principal is the same.

    I believe 7950 GX2 easily beats any 8000 series cards until the G92 core 8000/9000 cards.
    Gin FushichoThats a dumb question.... if it can play Farcry2 at that rez I'm sure it can play Crysis.

    Have a sense of humor, any card can run Crysis if you run it at 320*240.
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    seboj , June 4, 2009 2:52 AM
    But will it BLEND?
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