Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan 6 GB Graphics Card Review (Part 6)

5/21/2013 6:29:32 PM

Performance Summary

The chart summary is only based on the experimental results in the games. First, let us examine the difference between the new GeForce GTX Titan with the GeForce GTX680, and the following products based on the baseline.

The GeForce GTX Titan and the GeForce GTX 6800

The GeForce GTX Titan and the GeForce GTX 680

The Titan is 34-47% ahead at 1920x1080 and 39-55% at 2560x1440 resolution on average over the trials. We can see that it has more advantages when set to the highest picture quality, especially when turn eliminate full-screen aliasing. The 384-bit wide memory demonstrates its value here. The Shader capacity of the processors is increased, and the texture-mapping unit and the raster image available at the GK 110 chip also cannot be ignored.

Next we see how the GeForce GTX Titan is slower than the GeForce GTX 690. We can remind you that both samples have similar price proposal at $ 999.

The GeForce GTX Titan and the GeForce GTX 690

The GeForce GTX Titan and the GeForce GTX 690

Except for odd results in F1 2012, the Titan always follows the GTX 690 with a similar distance in every game. It is 10-12% slower at 1920x1080 resolution through all test games and 7-19% slower at 2560x1440 resolution. The influence of increased memory and its interface can be easily observed here.

When overclocked GeForce GTX Titan from 837/876/6008 MHz to 973/1011/7268 MHz, the GeForce GTX 690 gap to narrow. Titan is overclocked might even win a few tests.

The GeForce GTX Titan and the GeForce GTX 690

The GeForce GTX Titan and the GeForce GTX 690

The pair of the final chart summary is unrelated to the topic of our review, however, we still want to compare the GeForce GTX 680 with the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. We compared the GTX 680 with the HD 7970 here a year ago, Nvidia was found to be the best in most tests. However, AMD has not reduced the price of its proposal to the accelerator because its clock from 925/5500 to 1050/6000 MHz. Several optimized driver has been installed in the Catalyst and the GeForce, and a few new games are also available. So, here are the results we have been in competition this instant:

The GeForce GTX 680 and the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition

The GeForce GTX 680 and the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition

As we can see, the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition is on the verge of victory here, which is a bad news for Nvidia. Only in Borderlands 2, in the regime of high-quality images of Total War: Shogun 2 - Fall of the Samurai and F1 2012 (no MSAA features), the new GeForce GTX 680 is the winner. Radeon has always led in every remaining game.

CUDA and OpenGL Performance

Besides the traditional game testing, we wanted to check in GK 110 GPU compute applications and coding. First, the process of grading system with SmoothVideo Project - SVPMark 3.0.3a (the actual test scores received):

SmoothVideo Project - SVPMark 3.0.3a

SmoothVideo Project - SVPMark 3.0.3a

The GeForce GTX Titan does not show anything special here. It is close to the GeForce GTX 680 and does not increase its score much when overclocked.

Next we measure the speed of the encoding process HD video in Xilisoft Video Converter version 7.7.2 supports both AMD and Nvidia. We take a 2.5-GB Full-HD video and convert it to iPad 4. Files get 750 MB capacity. Take a little time for the chart below, it will be better:

Xilisoft Video Converter version 7.7.2

Xilisoft Video Converter version 7.7.2

Nvidia GPU outperforms its AMD rival and Intel 6-core CPU of this review. The GTX 690 with dual processors does not provide any additional benefit. Xilisoft Video Converter does not seem like that was fun with all the ability of GK 110.

The next test is the grading system in version 0.45b DirectCompute. We will show you the number of DirectCompute and OpenCL points on the graph:

DirectCompute version 0.45b

DirectCompute version 0.45b

We also try to check GK 110 out more with LuxMark but the latest version 2.0 of it is not compatible with the GeForce GTX Titan, which stopped the process because of faults. Therefore, we can only grade the system with older graphics cards only:

LuxMark latest version 2.0

LuxMark latest version 2.0

The GeForce GTX Titan must be as fast as the GeForce GTX 690 but we will ensure this after LuxMark new version is compatible with the GK 110. Thus, we can only say that the form of the Radeon much faster here.


Our impression of the Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan is somewhat unclear, and ambiguous. On the one hand, there is no doubt that the single GPU graphics card has the fastest time in the current market. The power consumption is not much higher than the previously leading products from AMD and Nvidia, and it even has much less noise. It is compatible with all the technology in the GeForce GTX 680 and provides a few other technologies (eg, GPU Boost 2.0). And its performance is really surprising because it's more than about 50% (or even more) than the speed of the GeForce GTX 680. We had never seen a striking improvement with such great speed that is even on both GPU generations. The GeForce GTX Titan demonstrates Nvidia's outstanding technological features and it has done it in a very dramatic way to attract the attention of people.

On the other hand, the GeForce GTX Titan is priced at a very high level. The 10-20% slower speed than the GeForce GTX 690’s makes it the suggested price equal and probably more expensive than the retail one in the first two months. Moreover, users who do not care that much about AFR rendering will probably prefer the build configuration of the Radeon HD 7970 CrossFireX GHz Edition, which is faster in many games, although it is hot and consumes more power energy. So, the GeForce GTX Titan looks like a true luxurious product but its price does not seem to make sense. So, if you want a more expensive toy like that, you will feel very exciting to hear Nvidia announces that the GeForce GTX Titan is faster than both the GeForce GTX 690 graphics cards.

The GPU Boost Technology 2.0 also raises a few questions. The overclocking process now becomes more difficult while the card's performance depends more on its temperature. The Titan is not original with original cooling device which will be particularly interesting, but we do not think that they will appear. But because there's still plenty of time for the next generation of GPUs, Nvidia will probably be thinking of doing it to satisfy fans of the GeForce GTX 685, and there will be 384-bit bus and 4 GB memory because the GeForce GTX 680 is less powerful than the Radeon HD 7970 GHX Edition with faster growth and less expensive price.

Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan 6 GB’s specifications

·         Graphics processor: GK 110 “Kepler” (TSMC)

·         Production process, nm: 28 (low-k)

·         Size: mm2: 520

·         Processors: Intel ATOM dual-core Z2760 at 1.8GHz

·         GPU frequency, MHz: 3D: 837 (876-boost); 2D: 324 (876-boost)

·         Unified shader processors: 2688

·         Texturing units: 224

·         Rasterization units: 224

·         Max. theoretical fillrate, Gpixels/s: 40.2

·         Max. theoretical texture sampling rate, Gtexels/s: 187.5

·         Pixel Shaders/ Vertex Shaders: 5.0/5.0

·         Compatible memory type: GDDR5

·         Usable video memory: 3D: 6008; 2D: 648

·         Memory size, MB: 6148

·         Memory bus width, MB: 6148

·         Memory bus bandwidth, GB/s: 288.4

·         Maximum power consumption, W 3D: 250

·         PSU requirements, W: 600

·         Reference PCB dimensions (LxWxD), mm: 267x100x39

·         Interface: PCI-Express x 16 (v3.0)

·         Output: DVI-I+DVD-D (Dual-Link), 1HDMI v1.4a, 1 DisplayPort v1.2

·         MSRP/min retail price: $999


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