Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Computex 2012 [Asus] [6/6/2012]


Today Asus showcased their top of the line card which is the Republic Of Gamer's MARS III. This card is like last year's MARS II but this year it is replaced with the GK104 chip. This is a dual GPU card like the GTX 690. Like the MARS II this card will be a limited edition card. One key thing that asus did not tell is the clock speeds of the card, judging by the name its given it should feature an overclock which is more than the pre overclocked GTX 680's out there. This card has 8GB of memory which is 4GB per GPU. The color scheme of this card is identical to the ones on Asus's Republic Of Gamers lineup of motherboards, this card also features a triple fan cooling design and a dual slot card size. To power this beast you are required to have 3 8-pin power connectors and the card can pull up to 525W of electricity when in load. Situated next to the power connectors is the fan override button which ramps up the fan to a 100%. There are 4 display outs which are three DVI ports and 1 mini display port (capable of daisy chaining). this card here we is still an early engineering sample and that they will still be making some tweaks to its PCB and cooler design before shipping sometime later this year. Pricing and availability of this card is yet to be known, but the price of the MARS III isn't going to be cheap as the MARS III was one of the most expensive cards you can get out there. 
The Next product they unveiled is the Asus Z77 Wolverine motherboard. This board has a 40 phases of CPU VRM and to think that gigabyte's Z77X-UP7 was crazy. The VRM makes use of compact chokes and driver MOFETS are placed on each side of the PCB. Although this board has 40 VRM phases it only draws power from a single 8-Pin EPS power connector. The only conclusion is the concoction is reducing load per "phase", resulting in lower temperatures per driver-MOSFET, perhaps even letting the motherboard do away with with VRM area heatsinks altogether. Asus also insisted the CPU VRM on this board is still featuring DIGI+. Most of the features are similar to the P8Z77V-Deluxe; even the rear I/O and PCI-E lanes acre the same. So to wrap things up this is like a Z77 Deluxe board which opens even more overclocking headroom.

Source #1: Techpowerup and Vr-Zone
Source #2: Techpowerup
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