ASUS ROG MARS 760 Review

Published by Christian Ney on 19.11.13
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General + -
The ASUS Republic of Gamers MARS 760 graphics card is definitely a nice idea and ASUS made sure that is done the right way. Build quality is incredible, and we surely like the design as well as the performance. Since ASUS paid a lot of attention to details, even the cooler did very well too, temperatures are good and although the noise levels are a bit on the high side, it is expected considering that it has to cope with two GTX 760 GK104 GPUs.

Bundle is quite OK although we did expect a bit more considering it is a part of ASUS' Republic of Gamers series. Of course, if ASUS decided to aggressively price the new graphics card, the situation with the bundle is quite understandable. We also think that it should be eligible (as you practically bought two GTX 760s) for Nvidia's Holiday game bundle that includes Assassin's Creed: Black Flag, Batman: Arkham Origins and Splinter Cell: Blacklist, which should give it additional value.
  - Performance
- Cooling performance
- Design
- Noise levels
- Memory Clock
Cooling / Noise Level   + -
Raw cooling performance and noise levels are bad, temperatures are up to 20°C higher and noise levels are 10 dB(A) higher than what we had a chance to see on a good custom GTX 760 for example. But when you take into account that this is a dual GPU graphics card and if we compare it to a GTX 760 SLI situation then the cooling performance and noise levels are very good. When looking at the results we see that the MARS 760 does as good as two Gigabyte GTX 760 OC 4GB in SLI. Bear in mind that these are two graphics cards that are equipped with rather huge coolers and are on two separate PCBs. Also on the MARS 760, both GPU were always at the same temperature at +/- 1°C.

When we take everything into an account, we can easily say that the cooling solution which ASUS decided to put on the ROG MARS 760 is very good, and probably one of the best we have seen in a long time. It would not also hurt that ASUS decided to go with a triple slot version for even better temperatures and noise levels but it might have an impact on SLI support, at least on some motherboards.
  - Cooling performance
- Noise levels
Performance   + -
Performance is, as expected, exceptional. On average and in tested games, the ROG MARS 760 easily beats the Titan by good 15%, and the single GTX 760 by 73%.

Compared to a single GTX 760, the MARS 760 performance gain ranges from 25% in some games like Borderlands 2 to a rather impressive 108% in more demanding games like Far Cry 3 and Crysis 3. We have also compared the ROG MARS 760 with two custom GTX 760 graphics cards in SLI and the SLI consisting of two Gigabyte GeForce GTX 760 OC 4GB V1 which has a GPU clocked 100 MHz higher, was around 5% faster.

The MARS 760 also did really good regarding power consumption. In idle, the power consumption of the entire setup was as low as 56W (53W with the SLI and 45W with a single 760) and 420W under heavy load (218W with a single GTX 760 and an enormous 500W with the SLI) leading to a quite good performance/Watt ratio.
  - Performance
- Power consumption under load
Recommendation / Price   + -
Unfortunately, we still do not have any information regarding the price so we will update the article when the new ROG MARS 760 becomes available. It should end up cheaper than the GTX Titan and hopefully sit even below a price of two custom GTX 760 graphics cards.

In the meantime we can say that it is a very good dual GPU graphics card and if the price premium is not that high, the ROG MARS 760 could be a very nice alternative to a more expensive GTX 780 Ti or the GTX Titan.
  - Gaming
We gave the MARS 760 from ASUS 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Page 1 - Presentation / Specifications
Page 2 - The card
Page 3 - Photo Gallery / Delivery
Page 4 - In-Game Performance
Page 5 - Temperatures / Noise levels
Page 6 - Performance/Price & Performance/Watt
Page 7 - Conclusion

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