Monday, August 27, 2012

Asus MARS III PCB Design

In June at Computex 2012 Asus showcased an engineering sample of their MARS III which is dual GPU card comprising of two GK104 chips. At that time Asus did not disclose any specific specs and said it will be available in the coming months. Now Expreview Forums have revealed the PCB design for the MARS III and is basically a non reference GTX 690 with a lot of overclocking headroom. The MARS III will be having a 8+3 phase VRM for each core and sums up to a 20 phase VRM for the whole card. For some reference the GTX 690 has a total of 10 VRM phases which translates to 5 phases per core. Unlike the GTX 690 the MARS III is a power hungry card and requires three 8 Pin power connectors opposed to only dual 8 pin powerconnectors on the GTX 690. This card has 8GB of memory for high res gaming and the memory is 256 bit wide. The rear I/O is pretty much similar to the GTX 690 which is 3 DVI ports and 1 mini display port. Unlike the MARS II the MARS III has a dual slot cooling design and sports 3 fans which the sizes are unsure of. Clock speeds are yet to be known and it is expected to be clocked higher than the GTX 690. This card ie expected to launch in Q4 2012 and there are no further info on this card 
Source: Wccftech
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