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Asus Demos Far Cry 2 at 3,840 x 2,160

Asus Demos Far Cry 2 at 3,840 x 2,160

Asus's Mars GeForce GTX 295 features 4GB of memory and can play Far Cry 2 at very high resolutions.

COMPUTEX 2009: With ATI and Nvidia’s GPU line-up looking settled until the introduction of DirectX 11 cards towards the end of the year, the Taiwanese hardware manufacturers have been busy thinking up ways to the make current offerings more attractive.

MSI has a new power design for the GeForce GTX 260 and 275, and today we got a chance to see Asus’ new Mars high-end graphics cards in action at Computex 2009.

The Mars GTX/2DI/4GD3 is based on the GeForce GTX 295 and Asus claims it’s 21% faster than the reference board. Asus’s design features 4GB of memory – more than double the usual 1,792MB the GTX 295 usually has – which meant the dual-card system we saw at the show featured a ludicrous 8GB of video memory.

The card has been overclocked too, with the GPU running at 648MHz (up from 576MHz) and the stream processors at 1,476MHz (increased from 1,242MHz). The massive amount of memory runs considerably quicker, at 2,400MHz effective, compared to 1,998MHz for the reference card. To keep the card cool, Asus has fitted a custom cooler with eight heatpipes.

To put the card to good use, Asus put two into a test system which was running Far Cry 2 on a massive monitor. A quick trip to the game’s option screen confirmed it was running at 3,840 x 2,160 with all the eye candy on. It looked enormous and played fairly smoothly too.

The company also had a new GeForce GTX 285 on show, the Matrix GTX285/HTDI/1GD3. This card has similar speed specs to the Mars (GPU running at 648MHz GPU, stream processors clocked at 1,476MHz and 2,484MHz memory).

The cooler features an LED with five colour states indication the level of load the card is under. We were told this is purely a hardware feature and there’s no software access, so the LED isn’t going to be useful unless you have your PC on the desk. More practical was the Tracker 2 software. This allows you to overclock the card in Windows, tuning GPU and shader clocks along with voltages and memory timings, just as in a motherboard BIOS.

The software can then save your overclocked settings to the card’s BIOS so that they’re applied on start-up. Even better, if you then find your settings are making the system unstable, the card has a hidden ‘safe’ BIOS – just press the switch on the backplate and these will be restored, and all will be will with the world.

Asus Demos Far Cry 2 at 3,840 x 2,160 Asus Demos Far Cry 2 at 3,840 x 2,160
Mmm, detailalicious

Asus Demos Far Cry 2 at 3,840 x 2,160 Asus Demos Far Cry 2 at 3,840 x 2,160
The Mars cooler in its full glory
Asus Demos Far Cry 2 at 3,840 x 2,160 Asus Demos Far Cry 2 at 3,840 x 2,160
On the left you can see the Asus app which allows you to tune your graphics card's memory

Asus Demos Far Cry 2 at 3,840 x 2,160 Asus Demos Far Cry 2 at 3,840 x 2,160
There's a button to revert to safe BIOS settings if the overclock goes wrong

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B1GBUD 3rd June 2009, 11:21 Quote
What screen are they using to view @ 3,840 x 2,160???? me wants!! oh... I'll have that Graphics card too!
outlawaol 3rd June 2009, 11:24 Quote
Hehe, physco memory there... I want one, right now.... ok?! But only if its running DX11.... *throws shoes at DX10*
D-Cyph3r 3rd June 2009, 11:30 Quote
Shame FarCry 2 ain't worth playing, no matter the resolution.


Somrthing like X3 would be impressive to see at that res.
TomH 3rd June 2009, 11:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by B1GBUD
What screen are they using to view @ 3,840 x 2,160???? me wants!! oh... I'll have that Graphics card too!
It says on the spec card, that it's an Asus MK221. But that's only a 22" monitor, so I have no idea.
g3n3tiX 3rd June 2009, 11:59 Quote
Isn't the MARS 2* GTX 285 (more powerful than a single 295) ?
Still, 2 of them in a PC represent 0.2% of the Total MARS commercially available...
steveo_mcg 3rd June 2009, 12:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by D-Cyph3r
Shame FarCry 2 ain't worth playing, no matter the resolution.


Somrthing like X3 would be impressive to see at that res.

X3 would look lovely on that screen.


But can it run Crysis.... Sorry had to..
Ape 3rd June 2009, 12:20 Quote
Holy ****.

When can I have one?
dec 3rd June 2009, 12:26 Quote
*drool* how cheap are those?
mjm25 3rd June 2009, 12:29 Quote
so each one's got 4GB of memory... but i thought they were memory bandwidth limited anyway? i guess you wouldn't see such a problem with 2 of them in SLI... i'm confused
xaser04 3rd June 2009, 12:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by mjm25
so each one's got 4GB of memory... but i thought they were memory bandwidth limited anyway? i guess you wouldn't see such a problem with 2 of them in SLI... i'm confused

The MARS GTX295 is essentially 2 x 2GB GTX285 cards put together in the same way that a GTX295 is built. It really only has 2GB of memory in the same way the standard GTX295 really only has 896mb of memory available.

In theory though the GTX295 only sucks in quad SLI due to a lack of memory (at the resolutions where quad SLI is useful the cards don't have enough memory to really show the benefit) but these should fly thanks to essentially double the memory AND more raw GPU horsepower.
Xtrafresh 3rd June 2009, 12:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by B1GBUD
What screen are they using to view @ 3,840 x 2,160???? me wants!! oh... I'll have that Graphics card too!

http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/10/westinghouse-quad-hd-on-display/
sub routine 3rd June 2009, 13:50 Quote
zomg bet that was pretty smart.
I-E-D 3rd June 2009, 16:47 Quote
Oh, i can take out a mortgage :)
Xtrafresh 3rd June 2009, 16:55 Quote
some more digging reveals the specs of the screen:

http://www.westinghousedigital.com/newsdetail.aspx?nid=472

Also, Googling the serial number (D56QX1) will reveal a price of $50.000,- but it does not say where we should bring our cash. Cheers guys!
Turbotab 3rd June 2009, 18:36 Quote
8GB of VRAM and no AA = what's the point.
Skiddywinks 3rd June 2009, 18:40 Quote
I think I have a semi.
Omnituens 3rd June 2009, 19:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Turbotab
8GB of VRAM and no AA = what's the point.

Maybe the AA is being controlled by the drivers and not the game in this case.
perplekks45 3rd June 2009, 20:02 Quote
Overkill.
And why on earth would I want to spend £500+ [just a guess] on a DX10 graphics card now? A couple of months before DX11?

MEH!
Chocobollz 3rd June 2009, 21:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Turbotab
8GB of VRAM and no AA = what's the point.

LOL yeah but IMO a resolution of 3840x2160 were also have no point, it would need to be played on a (maybe) 30"+ display and you would need to sit very close to it to be able to tell the difference. I'd say it's an overkill. I'd better go with 2048x1152 and 4x or 8x AA, it would be more than sufficient for a 30"+ display.
Skill3d 3rd June 2009, 22:47 Quote
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On the left you can see the Asus app which allows you to tune your graphics card's memory
erm shouldnt it say right?
Elton 5th June 2009, 05:58 Quote
For some reason though, this is really just another stunt, it's not really going to be an economically viable card, I mean look at the HD3850 Trinity(HD3850X3), that was an interesting idea, but honestly it wasn't for the regular people to buy.

All in all, though, it's only cool if it can run STALKER: CS.
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