Back In Black - The GeForce GTX Titan Black (Part 1)

5/18/2014 5:04:41 PM

One thousand, four hundred and ninety nine dollars. This princely sum is the price of Gigabyte’s newest product based on NVIDIA’s all-conquering GK110 GPU, the same chip that debuted a year ago in the original GTX Titan. Costing more than an entire gaming PC, the new GeForce GTX Titan Black is the PC equivalent of a Bugatti Veyron; stupidly fast with an insane price tag. As any supercar owner will admit, you don’t buy something like this if value for money is a concern. You buy a Titan Black because you can afford the very best.

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan features 2,688 CUDA cores, 224 TMUs, 48 ROPs, and a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 6 GB of memory

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan features 2,688 CUDA cores, 224 TMUs, 48 ROPs,
and a 384-bit wide GDDR5 memory interface, holding 6 GB of memory

With last month’s release of the GeForce GTX 750 Ti, NVIDIA finally unveiled the Maxwell design that will replace the Kepler architecture that beats in the heart of the Titan Black. As a result, the Titan Black could be considered the swansong for Kepler, and NVIDIA hasn’t held anything back this time around. It’s taken a year since the GK110 was first released, but only now has NVIDIA enabled every feature of this powerful design. Whether or not that means anything to gamers remains to be seen.

Milked To The Marrow

Smashing through frame-rates like a sledgehammer through glass, the original Titan was more than a mere gaming product. As well as wiping the floor with the competition when it came to games, it was an absolute compute brute. A special setting in the NVIDIA control panel allowed the card to be set to Double Precision mode, enabling compute performance that used to cost upwards of $3000 in NVIDIA’s professional Tesla products. Titan used the same GK110 GPU found in today's Titan Black, but it was only running on 14 of its 15 SMX units, with the last likely disabled to increase the yield from the factory. It was a truly impressive product with a similarly impressive $1500 price tag, but little did we know that we'd see the GK110 GPU used within wheeled out three more times over the next year.

MSI GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK pictured

MSI GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK pictured

To the dismay of many Titaneers, NVIDIA released a compute-crippled version of the card just a few months later for around $800, in the form of the GeForce GTX 780. Once again the GK110 was put to work, but it had a further two SMX units disabled, purring on just 12, while the total onboard memory was slashed by half, down from the Titan's hefty six Gigabytes to three. Fast forward another six months and NVIDIA dusted off the GK110 GPU once more, this time enabling all fifteen SMX units for the release of the GTX 780 Ti, while keeping the memory down at three Gigabytes as well as disabling compute performance once again. In the process the chip became known as the GK110B, but NVIDIA didn’t really spell out what had changed, suggesting these were simply primo chips.

A better cooler means the GPU can sustain boost clocks that are higher, for longer

A better cooler means the GPU can sustain boost clocks that are higher, for longer

It’s only now, in the form of the GTX Titan Black, that NVIDIA has at long last delivered the GK110B with all the bells and whistles. All fifteen SMX units are present and accounted for. All six Gigabytes of onboard memory are ready and waiting, clocked at the maximum speed of 7GHz. More importantly for number crunchers, the Titan Black also arrives locked and loaded with full Double Precision mode enabled. NVIDIA has even thrown a small speed bump into the mix, nudging up the Base clock to 889MHz while the Boost clock increases to 980MHz.



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