Late last week, we had the opportunity to visit with NVIDIA, who graced us with a brand new GPU – the GTX Titan.
The GTX Titan, even at first glance, is an absolute beast and is built for super computers. Nickel-plated, the Titan features 2,688 CUDA Cores, 4,500 Gigaflops and 7.1 billion transistors, which absolutely trumps a Core i7 3960X Extreme Edition by comparison (6 cores, 316 Gigaflops, 2.3 billion transistors).
The GTX Titan can support 3-way SLI and comes in at a beefy 6GB / 384bit GDDR5, while maintaining itself cool and extremely quiet. Our NVIDIA rep took the GTX Titan for a spin, showing us how to use GPU Boost 2.0, which gives the user complete control of the experience.
With GPU Boost 2.0, you can adjust the clock speed, temperature and fan speed, all while the system is able to give out peak performance at every setting. You can even overdrive the display frequency (using Vsync) from say 60Hz for a typical monitor to something like 80Hz. Fortunately if there is an issue with that, the software will auto-revert back to its normal setting, so you don’t accidentally lock yourself into a non-viewable screen.
In one test, we set the temperature to a max of 80-degrees Celsius, while the GPU hit 836Mhz with a fan speed at 35%. We were also able to regulate the temprature by dropping the GPU clock, without having to crank up the fan, which would obviously raise the acoustic level. For those who want to overclock the voltage a bit higher than recommended, there is a warning message that pops up asking you to think twice, but should you choose to do so, you can get it done.
Ultimately it’s up to the user, what they want more of – reliability or performance, and the GTX Titan, along with GPU Boost 2.0, give users absolute control, which is really what this GPU is all about. This is the kind of GPU that without question, caters to the system builders and tweakers, who want the most out of their hardware.
Looking to get the most out of a system killer such as Crysis 3? A 3-way SLI setup will get you maxed out settings at 5760×1080 at 48fps!
One of our final tests included seeing Battlefield 3 with a 3-way SLI setup and three monitors. The game not only looked amazing, but was running as smooth as butter, as we saw a jet in action without any lag whatsoever.
A more simple comparison between the GTX Titan and say, the GTX 680 (at 1920×1080, 4xAA on max settings), will see a fps increase from about 38 (GTX 680) to 48 on the Titan, all while being noticeably quieter. We’ll be running our own benchmarks shortly upon taking the Titan for a spin on our own system but from what we garnered at our preview, the GTX Titan is going to be a must-have for any techie out there who loves to fiddle and overclock their GPU and system performance.
NVIDIA is selling the GTX Titan, beginning on Feb. 25 for $999.99.
GeForce GTX Titan Specs
- CUDA Cores: 2688
- Base Clock: 837MHz
- Boost Clock: 876MHz
- Single Precision: 4.5 Teraflops
- Double Precision: 1.3 Teraflops
- Memory Config: 6GB / 384-bit GDDR5
- Memory Speed: 6.0 Gbps
- Power Connectors: 6-pin + 8-pin
- TDP: 250W
- Outputs: 2x DL-DVI, HDMI Displayport 1.2
- Bus Interface: PCI Express 3.0