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GTX TITAN Preview: The beast to unseat the best!

Overview of the Nvidia GTX TITAN

The Titan is a elegant and pretty card but below that mask of beauty lies a beast in waiting. as you strip the cover you can see the cooling grid is large covering the massive vapor chamber below. and all stripped down you can see what makes it tick which is the 6+2 VRM and the GK110 GPU in all of its glory.

 

 

here is another angle on the strip down so you can see what the card is packing. this gives a little better angle to show the cooling array along with board component heights.

 

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The display output on the GTX TITAN are no stranger to me as they are same as most of the Kepler cards.

  • 2x DVI
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x Displayport

This is enough to run a surround setup or up to 4 displays as supported by the Kepler GPU which of course with its 6GB framebuffer is exactly what this card was designed for.

 

 

Testing & Methodology

Due to only having a single card on hand and short time to cover it I will be running a few standard benchmarks which will be followed very soon bya  full performance evaluation once all etsting is completed!

Test Rig

Test Rig
Case Thermaltake Level 10 GT
CPU Intel Core i7-3770K/Intel Core i7-2600K
Motherboard ASUS Maximus V Gene
Ram 16GbpsB Patriot Viper Xtreme 2400MHz +
CPU Cooler Swiftech H20-220 Edge
Hard Drive Western Digital Velociraptor 300GB
SSD Intel 510 series SATA III 120GB
Optical ASUS BD-ROM
GPU Nvidia GTX TITAN / Reference Nvidia GTX680 
Additional Cards
N/A
PSU Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200W
Mouse Tt eSPORTS Black gaming mouse
Keyboard Tt eSPORTS Meka G1 mechanical gaming keyboard

 

Test Suite

We will use the following applications to test the performance of the graphics card.

Synthetic Benchmarks & Games

Benchmarks
3DMark11
Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0
Metro 2033

 

Temperatures

The temperatures were recorded with full loaded Heaven benchmark looping for over 30 minutes or longer depending how long it took for the card to level out in temps and sat at a plateau for more than 10 minutes.

 

GPU Temperatures Temperature (Idle/Load)
Nvidia GTX TITAN 31C/67C

The efficiency of the cooling design can be seen here as the card never even really got hot but maybe warm during testing which tells me I have some headroom on this card with the stock cooler.

 

Real world/Gaming Benchmarks

3DMARK 11

3DMark 11 is the newest in Futuremark’s suite of benchmarking utilities. Its a fully capable DirectX11 benchmark which also stresses and analyzes the system performance as a whole to simulate a heavy rendering environment such as a high end game or other app the end user may run. This benchmark was run with Performance settings 5 times and all runs were averaged for the result below.

 

When comparing versus the existing flagship GTX 680 the TITAN simply bats it around which is not really a surprise considering teh GPU simply is a much bigger weapon of the GK110 GPU.

 

Metro 2033

 

Metro 2033 which has been torture for our GPU’s for some time now picks up a very nice jump in performance besting the 680 by over 13FPS and putting it into a quite playable framerate with everything maxxed out. and mind you I haven’t even gotten to the surround testing yet.

 

Heaven Benchmark 4.0

 

Heaven once again allows the TITAN to shine as it pulls some very respectable numbers across the board but I have a feeling this is just the start

 

 

Conclusion

The GTX TITAN is an amazingly capable GPU which I have only had a very short time with so far. Keep your eyes peeled as very soon I will have more indepth testing along with surround results and even more discussion about what the GTX TITAN is and can be for you.

 

And as soon as I get the monster 3 way rig from Cyberpower expect even more awesome performance from the Nvidia camp from triple TITANS!

 

Stay tuned for more… 

 

  • Handrox

    Review, 1 game?

    • ShannonR

      Hello,

      Yes 1 game was run along with 2 benchmarks but as mentioned in the preview, this is more covering what the card is, who it is for and a small taste of what it can do. Given proper time to fully test with both 1080P and surround resolutions I will have another performance article coming very soon so stay tuned.

      Thanks for reading

  • Merdock

    lol where 7970 GHz?

    • ShannonR

      Hi there,

      If you read the review you would have noticed I mentioned in many times that this is a preview as I simply did not have enough time with the card to do a full comparative analysis at this point. This card with its large framebuffer is really geared for those running surround or multi monitor gaming as well so i plan to add that to a more performance oriented overview to be posted soon.

      Thanks for reading

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