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The Mars 760 Bundle And Software

Asus Mars 760 Review: Two GPUs In SLI; One $650 Graphics Card
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Asus keeps its bundle modest; it includes a DVI-to-HDMI adapter, a dual-six-pin-to-eight-pin power adapter, and a folder with the driver CD and manual. As a fun little extra, the company throws in a metal ROG case badge, which looks nice.

Aside from the physical accessories, Asus includes its GPU Tweak and GPU Tweak Streaming apps. 

GPU Tweak Streaming doesn't actually have anything to do with altering the performance of your GPU. Rather, you can use the software with Adobe Media Encoder to stream your game play to services like Twitch.tv with overlaid pictures and text. That's in theory, though. The software is still in early beta form, and I couldn't get it working.

With this said, Nvidia's ShadowPlay feature works fine in conjunction with the Mars 760, and I'd prefer to use that anyway. ShadowPlay hooks in to Nvidia's NVEnc encoder, which offloads the processing-heavy compute workload.

GPU Tweak, on the other hand, is a more useful addition. Its interface is similar to MSI's Afterburner with just enough differences to throw off anyone already used to navigating the competition's app. Overall, Asus' implementation gets the job done, though we'd like to see the company expose memory voltage controls for the folks interested in dialing in the most aggressive overclock possible.

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    AMD Radeon , January 31, 2014 12:40 AM
    i would like to see dual GTX 780 Ti in one card
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    vinhn , January 31, 2014 1:27 AM
    @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 , January 31, 2014 1:30 AM
    Why an i5-2550K?
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    blackmagnum , January 31, 2014 1:37 AM
    Bring on the Kepler cards already.
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    vertexx , January 31, 2014 2:08 AM
    I'm not sure why you would even publish this review without a 780ti in the comparison.
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    Shneiky , January 31, 2014 2:37 AM
    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 , January 31, 2014 2:52 AM
    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 , January 31, 2014 4:25 AM
    Too high price only $30 below 780ti, it should be around $550.
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    Adroid , January 31, 2014 5:25 AM
    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 , January 31, 2014 5:40 AM
    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 , January 31, 2014 6:06 AM
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    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 , January 31, 2014 6:08 AM
    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 , January 31, 2014 6:09 AM
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    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 , January 31, 2014 6:14 AM
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    Bring on the Kepler cards already.


    Really? :lol: 
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    Adroid , January 31, 2014 6:31 AM
    Quote:
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    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 , January 31, 2014 6:46 AM
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    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 , January 31, 2014 6:51 AM
    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 , January 31, 2014 6:56 AM
    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 , January 31, 2014 6:57 AM
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    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 , January 31, 2014 7:02 AM
    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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