Asus shows super-HD gaming, SATA 6Gbps mobo

COMPUTEX — Can you play Far Cry 2 on an eight-megapixel display with a current-gen graphics card? You can, as we found out today at Asus’ Computex booth. The company showed us its new GeForce GTX 295 Mars graphics card, which has higher-than-normal clock speeds (648MHz for the core) and 4GB of total memory.

The dual-GPU card was driving a massive display with a resolution of 3840×2160—four times as many pixels as standard 1080p. The generous memory size was probably helping things along, because the game ran quite smoothly. And yes, Asus did show us the game was set up to use that actual resolution before loading up a level.

Asus claims the GeForce GTX 295 Mars is 23% faster in its synthetic testing than stock GTX 295s. You can expect to see it hit stores in late July. We couldn’t find out exact pricing, but Asus told us it’s not aiming to grab too high a margin—it might even even sell this card at a loss to promote its other products—so the premium over plain GTX 295s may not be too high.

At the other end of the booth, Asus showed the P6X58 Premium, a Core i7 motherboard that’s purportedly the first to have 6Gbps Serial ATA ports (the current standard has a top speed of 3Gbps, which translates to 300MB/s after 8b/10b encoding).

Asus was running a looping benchmark comparing a plain old SATA hard drive with a prototype 6Gbps SATA hard drive from Seagate. As you might see above (or, more likely, if you look at high-res images in our photo gallery), HD Tach reported a 337.5MB/s sequential read speed for the 6Gbps drive. The 3Gbps model was trailing behind at 200.5MB/s.

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    • Rompeii
    • 11 years ago

    Dunno about you guys, but I’m pitching a tent.

      • derFunkenstein
      • 11 years ago

      camping out?

    • albundy
    • 11 years ago

    nevermind.

    • Farting Bob
    • 11 years ago

    Until 30″ screens become the norm and the PS4/XBox 3 are out, graphics is likely to only inch forward. At this rate by next christmas we’ll be able to play any game at 1080p with a sub hundred dollar card. Good times for sure.

      • jasonalwaysready
      • 11 years ago

      except crysis

    • Prion
    • 11 years ago

    in before Crysis

      • moshpit
      • 11 years ago

      No such thing. Crysis always wins.

        • Cannyone
        • 11 years ago

        Wins at what? Sucking basketballs through a garden hose….?

    • Kent_dieGo
    • 11 years ago

    With the new generation of DirectX 11 cards coming out in 4 months, who would spend a fortune on an over the top video card?

      • MadManOriginal
      • 11 years ago

      The benchmark e-peen crowd mainly. I have a feeling not a lot of people will buy the first round of DX11 cards, at least not like it has been the last few years what with the economy. Also because games just haven’t caught up to hardware, heck for the last 6 months you could have gotten overkill performance (above 4850/9800GTX) for $150-175.

    • valrandir
    • 11 years ago

    double, ignore

    • valrandir
    • 11 years ago

    Why does the little card on top of the acrylic case containing the card say the monitor is an Asus mk221?

      • FuturePastNow
      • 11 years ago

      That’s the screen on the left in the top picture.

    • ew
    • 11 years ago

    I wonder if anti-aliasing was on.

      • onlycodered
      • 11 years ago

      Who need AA at that resolution?

        • ImSpartacus
        • 11 years ago

        LOL, that’s a good point.

    • Dually
    • 11 years ago

    It looks like they have 2 Mars cards running in SLI for the super-HD rig? So that’s 4 GPU’s, correct?

    • KarateBob
    • 11 years ago

    double post

    • MadManOriginal
    • 11 years ago

    One last glory shot for the GTX295 before it’s kicked to the curb like every other NV dual GPU card.

    • KarateBob
    • 11 years ago

    /[

      • evermore
      • 11 years ago

      Clearly burst speeds are indicated.

      Nice blurry shot of the second screen, but it doesn’t even look like they used the same drive on both controllers. Way to game the results.

      80MBps sequential throughput on the 3G drive? Where’d they dig up something so slow to test with? PATA drives from a few years ago were matching that. Ah, the 3G drive is a 7200.10. And it seems like that’s about as fast as one can expect of it.

      140MBps sustained is nice for the prototype drive, but obviously has nothing to do with having a 6G interface. High-speed drive interfaces of course are always about allowing burst rates to go higher years before the sustained throughtput gets anywhere near it.

      Just like with memory, when you keep doubling it with each generation, you get to massive numbers really quick. Only a prototype drive so far bursts over 300MBps, and sustained throughput is still only half of that, only 1/4 of the 6Gb speed. It’ll take even longer for them to approach the limit of 6Gb, and then what? 12Gb? 24Gb? I think I’ll die of old age before 12Gb could become a bottleneck.

    • TurtlePerson2
    • 11 years ago

    Where do you buy a monitor with that resolution?

      • indeego
      • 11 years ago

      Computex, back lot, knock thrice, talk to a guy named “Mikey” and bring a briefcase of snowg{<.<}g

        • ew
        • 11 years ago

        You got yours the same way I did.

      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      Westinghouse will sell you a 2160p (“QuadHD”) display, but it’ll cost you more than $40K.

      Samsung has shown them at tradeshows as well, but AFIK they’re just demo models. Which is undoubtedly what this is, on loan (or rental).

      • nagashi
      • 11 years ago

      Both NEC and viewsonic have sold these for years. The original NEC was around $12k I think, but I believe when the 2nd model (from viewsonic) came out, the price droppped under 6k. They’re used mostly in geo-imaging/medica.

    • ssidbroadcast
    • 11 years ago

    q[

      • UberGerbil
      • 11 years ago

      People at trade shows say all sorts of crazy crap. Sometimes they even believe it as it coming out of their mouths. Afterwards, though, they may deny even being there to say it.

    • poulpy
    • 11 years ago

    /[<"Asus shows super-HD"<]/ Meh. I for one am holding off for Uber-HD gaming, that's the real thing!

      • khands
      • 11 years ago

      Ultimate HD, higher resolution than reality!

      • indeego
      • 11 years ago

      /[http://www.cbandt.com/personal/checking/extreme_checking/<]§ )

        • equivicus
        • 11 years ago

        Ok.. i’ll play. r[

          • Palek
          • 11 years ago

          -[

            • kvndoom
            • 11 years ago

            Dear Palek: Our lawyers will be in touch.

            Sincerely, Monster Corporation.

            • Farting Bob
            • 11 years ago

            Ludicrous HD!

            • MadManOriginal
            • 11 years ago

            ‘Now with free plaid Windows theme’?

            • shaq_mobile
            • 11 years ago

            YOU BEAT ME TO IT!!! i was about to say “HD has gone *PLAID*”

            • human_error
            • 11 years ago

            HD Fatal1ty edition!

            (meant as reply yo #28)

      • mcnabney
      • 11 years ago

      Actually, they should have just called it 4K gaming. This is actually a valid target to shoot for. This is going to be the final consumer resolution since 4K is pretty much the max resolution for movie film, so everything Hollywood has made will not benefit from higher resolution than 4K. In addition, all of the film digitizing has been 4K – so when formats supporting it launch the media will be ready to go. Think ‘about 100GB’ per movie at that resolution. Games will follow right behind, so it is nice to know that Nvidia is thinking ahead.

        • Meadows
        • 11 years ago

        Let’s assume you use a computer for graphics work or games, so who cares about Hollywood?
        The current limit is in the monitors and cable interconnects.

      • Chrispy_
      • 11 years ago

      I’m totally holding out for vector graphics where pixels are an artefact of archaic times and we all need cybernetic eye enhancements to appreaciate the detail 🙂

      Actually, I kind of hope AA dies off. Stuff really looks great at 2560×1600 and hardware just doesn’t like that resolution. Imagine how much better graphics cards we be if the effort wasted on AA was spent in optimising useful things like geometry accelleration

        • MadManOriginal
        • 11 years ago

        Whether AA makes a big diference or not depends upon the pixel pitch for an LCD and 30″ 2560×1600 LCDs have a very fine pixel pitch.

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