Asus Mars 760 Review: Two GPUs In SLI; One $650 Graphics Card

Power, Temperature, And Noise Benchmarks

We measured power consumption through the Metro: Last Light benchmark run and recorded the following results:

The benchmark chart starts at 45 W, which is our test system's idle power use. We're trying to focus the graph on graphics consumption, though the platform undoubtedly still plays a role in the numbers we're reporting as load increases. 

With that in mind, most of the configurations we're testing end up pretty close together, except for AMD's Radeon HD 7990, which peaks about 100 W higher than its competition.

Asus' Mars 760 leads the pack when we compare thermals. At the other end of the spectrum, AMD's Radeon R9 290X peaks and plateaus about 20 degrees Celsius higher than the rest of the field.

When it comes to noise under load, Nvidia's GeForce GTX Titan distinguishes itself as the quietest card in our high-end round-up of pricey contenders. The 690 is another card we know to be fairly quiet, and the Mars 760 isn't much different from Nvidia's reference effort.

On the other hand, we know from prior testing that the Radeon HD 7990 and 7950s in CrossFire can get obnoxiously loud. Partner cards are the only way to get around this.

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  • vertexx
    I'm not sure why you would even publish this review without a 780ti in the comparison.
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  • Shneiky
    It was actually disappointing that there was no regular 760 SLI in there. It would have helped to see if the Asus's solution gives better results then regular 2 760s.
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  • AMD Radeon
    i would like to see dual GTX 780 Ti in one card
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  • vinhn
    @AMD Radeon, everyone would like to see it, not everyone would buy it, the market knows that, there's a reason why they would rather release the dual 760 rather than a 1600$ dual 780 Ti.
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  • Immaculate
    Why an i5-2550K?
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  • blackmagnum
    Bring on the Kepler cards already.
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  • vertexx
    I'm not sure why you would even publish this review without a 780ti in the comparison.
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  • Shneiky
    It was actually disappointing that there was no regular 760 SLI in there. It would have helped to see if the Asus's solution gives better results then regular 2 760s.
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  • bemused_fred
    Looking at the way that various card configurations bounce around in the charts, with the ranking of cards varying from page to page, the only thing I'm taking away from this article is not to bother with dual-GPU set-ups. It seems their performance is entirely decided by how well-optimised the games are for Nvidia or AMD, and not their actual specs.
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  • Raheel Hasan
    Too high price only $30 below 780ti, it should be around $550.
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  • Adroid
    I'm confused why the 780 and 770 aren't shown here - especially since the 780 is at the same price point.
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  • Au_equus
    without the gtx 780 ti, you are missing half the article, as ASUS, according to the price, was presenting this card as an alternative to the 780 ti at its price/performance. I stopped reading after the first BM.
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  • cleeve
    Anonymous said:
    I'm not sure why you would even publish this review without a 780ti in the comparison.


    That's why we included an OC'd titan to represent 780 Ti performance.

    Read the article. The memory was clocked identical to 780 Ti, and the core overclock was even calculated to simulate it as closely as possible.

    It's a valid representation. I see some of you don't agree and you certainly reserve the right to do that, but I'm quite satisfied with the results.
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  • bloodroses75
    At least it's under $1000... these video card companies lately seem to think that people are made out of gold.
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  • cleeve
    Anonymous said:
    I'm confused why the 780 and 770 aren't shown here - especially since the 780 is at the same price point.


    780 is not the same price point. The 780 Ti is, and we overclocked a Titan to simulate as per above.
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  • Mousemonkey
    Anonymous said:
    Bring on the Kepler cards already.


    Really? :lol:
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  • Adroid
    Anonymous said:
    Anonymous said:
    I'm confused why the 780 and 770 aren't shown here - especially since the 780 is at the same price point.


    780 is not the same price point. The 780 Ti is, and we overclocked a Titan to simulate as per above.



    Thanks, I stand corrected, and the 770, 780, and 780ti is what I would like to see compared to the Mars.

    My qualm with using a Titan for comparison is 1) The titan costs $300 more than the 780ti, and 2) The titan is slower.

    I usually read these type of articles from a perspective of "if I was going to purchase this Mars 760 or a comparitive other card at the $700 price point, what would I buy?"

    So I wouldn't buy a Titan for 300$ more and overclock it to try to get 780ti performance out of it. I would want to see how a 780ti overclocked compares to an overclocked Mars 760 - then make a choice from that.

    But, from strictly a performance consideration, I understand where you are coming from.

    Those of us who don't get the Nvidia sample cards to play with have to consider the price/performance factor ;)
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  • cleeve
    Anonymous said:

    My qualm with using a Titan for comparison is 1) The titan costs $300 more than the 780ti, and 2) The titan is slower.


    The point is, is overclocked to *match* the 780 Ti.

    We tested it at stock, ***and then again overclocked to represent the 780 Ti***.

    It goes over this in detail in the article. Check the test system page :)
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  • tristangl
    I dont understand how can 1 card with 2 GPU can cost more than 2 760It needs half the material... this shoul dbe selling for 450-500$
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  • toddybody
    Yawn...not a great value when SC GTX 780's are at USD 499.99. Now, the GTX 790 will be something drool worthy :D
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  • Mousemonkey
    Anonymous said:
    I dont understand how can 1 card with 2 GPU can cost more than 2 760It needs half the material... this shoul dbe selling for 450-500$


    You are paying for the complexities of sticking two GPU's and the SLi bridge on one card together with the larger HSF this requires, it shouldn't be that difficult to work that out surely?
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  • tristangl
    You are still using less material, and buying 2 core on 1 card... this should be lower than 2 cards IMO
    Plus stability is always worst on dual GPU card

    Not my thing
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