Images reveal Asus dual Fermi graphical bliss

When the Fermi graphics card line from Nvidia was unveiled this spring, the general consensus was that it could be too power hungry to support a dual card configuration. Even as recently as a month ago, when Galaxy revealed a dual GTX 470, that consensus still persisted. In terms of performance, a single GTX 470 is slightly less powerful than a dual GTX 275 SLI configuration. Therefore, a dual GTX 470 would easily outperform a dual GTX 275 SLI setup. As far as the assumptions regarding the power requirements, it appears that Asus is ready to prove them wrong.

Mars 2

Image Credit: Legit Reviews

According to Engadget via the Legit Reviews Forums, “Imagery has emerged of a Mars 2 (or II) reference board that fits two 480s on its densely populated surface, and is fed by not one, not two, but three 8-pin auxiliary power connectors.” Provided that the dual GTX 480 could be brought to market, the performance would likely be more than enough to handle any game that will be released within the next two to three years. The cooling and power supply considerations would be challenging, but it would be more than feasible for any high end system that is built effectively.

If this dual GTX 480 card does actually make it to retail, it will most likely be available in very short supply. The reason stemming from the limited amount of cards that can be derived from one piece of silicon. Based on the potential heat that this board could put out, it is also very likely that the cards will have either a very efficient or a very large cooling unit.  

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PeterTHX said,
You see the SLI connector on top?

Imagine TWO of these bad boys in a system! Crysis at more than 30fps!

Quad SLI these bad boys then we'll talk

It looks great . And if that isn't enough to cause awe , the 360 w + consumption sure is (and on par with performance one hopes) .
Also the width looks unusual .

*small words * : Pricing includes shipping . As an added bonus , it serves as a multi purpose heater and / or frying pan .

Are they forgetting that to stay within the PCIe spec, the card is not allowed to draw more than 300W? Seeing as a single GTX 480 is 250W as it is, there is no way a dual chip card would be able to get anywhere near 300W.
Dual GTX 460's is a possibility (with a small underclock), not dual 480's.

dr spock said,
Are they forgetting that to stay within the PCIe spec, the card is not allowed to draw more than 300W? Seeing as a single GTX 480 is 250W as it is, there is no way a dual chip card would be able to get anywhere near 300W.
Dual GTX 460's is a possibility (with a small underclock), not dual 480's.

it's called the ATX spec and there are ati 5970 models(the ares) that go beyond that spec already.

dr spock said,
Are they forgetting that to stay within the PCIe spec, the card is not allowed to draw more than 300W? Seeing as a single GTX 480 is 250W as it is, there is no way a dual chip card would be able to get anywhere near 300W.
Dual GTX 460's is a possibility (with a small underclock), not dual 480's.
Yea I'm wondering about the PCI-E specification as well. Three 8pin connectors means that it'll be able to draw between 376 - 525 watts?!?!?! Maybe it's only ATI and Nvidia who can't design a graphics card that can use more than 300 watts specified by PCI-SIG.


@ treemonster, it is in fact the PCI-E spec that is responsible for the 300W limit.

Neolink said,
Is that three power connector slots on the top right?

Yes, if you had read the text, you would know that of course.

zeta_immersion said,
insane, looks good but man will get your room boiling hot ...

I know that many say that the fermi cards run very hot, but I have one and it is going just fine. I haven't yet had any issues *knocks on wood*

Dual GTX 460 on a single board would make an awesome card with the new improved Fermi, less power hungry than previous version so less heat too and not THAT big in size.

Holy hell, that is a huge card for just the PCB and circuitry......gonna be even larger once the cooling solution is added...