Back In Black - The GeForce GTX Titan Black (Part 2)

5/18/2014 5:04:45 PM

A Beauty To Behold

As you can see from the product images, all Titan Blacks come with NVIDIA's excellent reference cooler design. Like the original Titan, NVIDIA has barred its customers from mounting their own cooling solutions to the Titan Black. Gigabyte sent us the GV-NTITANBLKGHZ-6GD-B Titan Black to review, which will arrive with another cooler in the box, ready for intrepid tweakers to mount if they so desire. Sadly Gigabyte weren't able to send us this cooler in time for our review, but from what we can gather it'll be a new version of their Windforce triple-fan cooler.

The cooling design NVIDIA used for the GeForce GTX Titan is of very high quality

The cooling design NVIDIA used for the GeForce GTX Titan is of very high quality

The current version is rated to handle 450W of heat, but Gigabyte claims the new one will suck out 600W, which should open up some nice overclocking potential. Funnily enough, Gigabyte also factory overclocks this version of the Titan Black to have a base speed of 1006MHz, while the Boost increases to 1111MHz, a tasty 13% bump over the reference Titan Black speeds. We're not huge admirers of the visual identity of the Windforce cooler, but if the new version can match the excellent performance and low operating volume of the prior model, it'll be a worthwhile upgrade for those without case windows.


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NVIDIA recommends a 600W power supply as a minimum when running the Titan Black, and it's fed additional power via the usual combination of an 8-pin and 6-pin power connectors. If you've got a spare six grand, dual SLI connectors on the outer edge allow up to four Titan Blacks to be run in quad SLI mode. NVIDIA has used the same printed circuit board for the Titan Black as the Titan, which measures in at 267mm, surprisingly small for such a powerful card. The usual monitor outputs are included, powering up to four monitors via Dual-link DVI-I, DVI-D, DisplayPort and HDMI outputs. Unfortunately there's no sign of HDMI 2.0, which is starting to show up on more UHDTVs since its release late last year.

As expected, the Titan Black supports all of NVIDIA's proprietary technologies. PhysX delivers markedly improved physics simulations in the limited games that include it, while 3D Vision 2 is the preferred method of stereoscopic gaming on the PC. G-Sync allows for flicker-free gaming at less than 60 frames per second, provided you've got one of the very few G-Sync monitors on the market.

Nvidia's G-Sync module is designed to replace a monitor scaler - a controller module found in modern A/V devices

Nvidia's G-Sync module is designed to replace
a monitor scaler - a controller module found in modern A/V devices

Finally, Shield streaming is great for those who've imported one of NVIDIA's handhelds, while ShadowPlay allows for true HD game capture with a tiny performance hit.




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