It's hot, it's loud, but for those unwilling to sacrifice performance at any cost the Nvidia GeForce GTX 480 is the card to beat. Naturally however if one GTX 480 is great, two is even better right? That's what we thought when we came across leaked photos of the new ASUS Mars 2 featuring a pair of GeForce GTX 480 chips on a single card.
In terms of power consumption the images we came across revealed three 8-pin power connectors, and outputs for a single DVI, HDMI, and what looks like a display port. Fitting both of these massive chips onto a single PCB is a stunning accomplishment, but we can't wait to get a glimpse of the cooling solution if and when this thing ever comes to market. If it can successfully manage and channel that much heat, it will be nothing short of an engineering masterpiece.
Depending on the price, this could really put a dent in the market share for the new "Ares" 5970. Let's just say if you have $1,000+ in your upcoming GPU budget, you might want to hold off just a little bit longer to see how this story shakes out.
The current lineup of budget cards from both companies has never been better, but for those looking to indulge, it's about time we had a few worthwhile options.