GeForce GTX Titan review
Posted by Hilbert Hagedoorn on: 02/21/2013 02:54 PM [ 183 comment(s) ]
GeForce GTX Titan 6GB - The fastest GPU you have ever seen
Hey there my man, today is the day that we finally can unleash the performance numbers of that product you've been hearing about a lot these days. The GeForce GTX Titan, a card that to date is Nvidia's fastest single GPU based graphics card that Nvidia has ever built. It is based on the GK110 GPU and is as such is closing in on one GeForce GTX 690 with two GTX 680 GPUs. For those that do not recognize the GK110 chip codename, this was a GPU launched many months ago and ended up in Nvidia's professional Tesla K20X series of products.
Before I continue with the introduction, due to the number of cards and stuff we have to talk about, we have split up the content in separate articles, otherwise we'd end up with one 75 pages article. Below an overview of our three must read articles.
- GeForce GTX Titan Reference review (this article)
- GeForce GTX Titan 3-way SLI and Multi monitor review
- GeForce GTX Titan Overclock review
Alright, crunch time! So here's a small secret, initially roughly a year ago we expected the GK110 chip to be launching in the GeForce GTX 680, but the GK104 currently in use for GeForce GTX 680 was, simply put, just too good and yielded so much better. See the GK110 chip is HUGE, and that makes it a difficult chip to bake, its recipe is so sweet though. So it made a lot of sense for Nvidia to wait as long as possible to release this chip once wafer yields would improve and the fabrication processes more refined.
Currently it is February 2013, we have just seen the first dual-GPU Radeon HD 7970 based graphics cards and let's be realistic, tremendous performance gains for the Radeon 7970 series products at driver level, and that pushed that oh-so important competing performance advantage upwards. Now that works both ways, Nvidia found a lot of extra performance in their drivers as well. But with an equal playing field, the Crysis 3 and a Playstation 4 announcement all in February, Nvidia figured, let's introduce a GK110 SKU into the market.
So the green colored scientists and engineers had a gathering, the aim... make an incredible tweakable product that is silent and is a product that will offer the best single GPU performance on the globe. Oh and they wanted it to look silly cool as well.
Well the crew went to work and boom, mission accomplished. They planted that 45 mm × 45 mm 2397-pin S-FCBGA chip with its 2688 shader/stream/CUDA processors onto a great design PCB, tucked 6 GB (24 pieces of 64M ×16 GDDR5 SDRAM) of memory (384-bit) on there and started designing a bunch of new tricks at BIOS and driver level. I mention this specifically as the Geforce GTX Titan has been designed to overclock. The AIB partners will be allowed to offer voltage unlocked SKUs. And combined with GPU Boost 2.0 you will see this product boosting towards the 1100~1150 MHz range once you tweak it. The reference clock however is 836 MHz with a boost clock of 876 MHz. However, tweaked... we got it running at 1176 MHz my man.
Looking at the specs you must think that this product must consume heaps of power, well it's not great, but definitely not bad at all. The maximum allowed board design power draw is roughly 250 Watt, which considering what this product is, is good.
Not in this review, but in another separate article, we will test the product on one, two and three monitors in Surround view with the hottest games like Battlefield 3, Sleeping Dogs, Far Cry 3, Medal of Honor Warfighter, Hitman Absolution and many more. Next to that with the three samples we have at hand we'll be looking at SLI performance scaling as well!
Look below, have a peek at that gorgeous piece of technology... and then let's fire up this article. Meet the cute little fellah, goodness I'm getting all movie buffed: this is Spartaa... Titaaaaan!
In this article we review the Gigabyte GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost OC WindForce 2X with that OC for a factory tweak and the Windforce indicating a silent yet powerful two fan cooling solution. The product is customized with a new PCB, cooling and a few tweaks, it has 2GB of memory with both that memory and the core base-clock slightly overclocked. An tasty product at an interesting price in the lower segment of the mainstream market.
ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini review
In this article we review the ASUS GeForce GTX 670 DirectCU Mini edition, a compact performance graphics card designed primarily for small form factor PCs with mini ITX motherboards. The dual-slot card measures just 17cm and features the NVIDIA GTX 670 GPU. ASUS has re-engineered the DirectCU cooler to fit small form factor cases. While shorter, it introduces a copper vapor chamber placed directly on top of the GPU for faster heat spreading and dispersal with 20% lower temperatures than reference GTX 670.
MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST OC review
In this article we review the MSI GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST OC edition review with that OC for a factory tweak. The product is customized with a new PCB, cooling and a few tweaks, it has 2GB of memory with both that memory and the core base-clock slightly overclocked. Overall an interesting product at an interesting price in the lower segment of the mainstream market.
EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost SC edition review
In this article we review the EVGA GeForce GTX 650 Ti Boost SC edition review with that SC for superclocked. The product is fairly reference looking but does come with EVGA's own styled cooler, it has 2GB of memory with both that memory and the core baseclock slightly overclocked quite significant.