NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan: Yes, It CAN Play Crysis 3

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A couple of days ago, we showed you the new NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan in all its glory—almost. While we were able to reveal the card itself, discuss its new features and specifications, and talk about some of the new systems it will be powering, we weren’t able to post any performance data. Fortunately, that all changes today. We’ve been able to test NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX Titan in a number of different configurations, including SLI and in a multi-monitor setup, and have the goods for you here today. And yes, we’ve got some Crysis 3 action on tap as well.

If you haven’t already done so, we suggest checking out our initial preview of the GeForce GTX Titan. In our original piece, we outline the card’s specifications and cover its new features, like GPU Boost 2.0 and display overclocking, so we won’t be covering them again here. We do have lots of performance data though, including some GPGPU tests, and some overclocked scores too.


The GK110-Based NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan
Specifications & Features

Graphics Processing Clusters 5
Streaming Multiprocessors 14
CUDA Cores (single precision) 2688
CUDA Cores (double precision) 896
Texture Units 224
ROP Units 48
Base Clock 836 MHz
Boost Clock 876 MHz
Memory Clock (Data rate) 6008 MHz
L2 Cache Size 1536K
Total Video Memory 6144MB GDDR5
Memory Interface 384-bit
Total Memory Bandwidth 288.4 GB/s
Texture Filtering Rate (Bilinear) 187.5 GigaTexels/sec
Fabrication Process 28 nm
Transistor Count 7.1 Billion
Connectors

2 x Dual-Link DVI
1 x HDMI
1 x DisplayPort

Form Factor Dual Slot
Power Connectors One 8-pin and one 6-pin
Recommended Power Supply 600 Watts
Thermal Design Power (TDP) 250 Watts
Thermal Threshold 95°C


The GeForce GTX Titan’s specifications portend to the card’s immense horsepower. Not only is the GK110 at the heart of the GTX Titan twice the size of the GK104 used in the GeForce GTX 600 series, but it offers some new features as well, and it’s paired to a gigantic 6GB frame buffer. Yes, the GeForce GTX Titan’s TDP is lower than NVIDIA’s current flagship GeForce GTX 690 and the Titan is quieter too.


The Maingear SHIFT Super Stock with 3-Way GTX Titan SLI. PCs Don't Get Sexier Than This!

According to NVIDIA, “GeForce GTX TITAN was built to power the world’s fastest gaming PCs. From massively powerful 3-way SLI gaming supercomputers to super-fast and elegant small form factor rigs.” And that’s a big part of the Titan’s story. As you’ll see in the pages ahead, the card is extremely fast. But it doesn’t supplant the GeForce GTX 690. What it does do, however, is allow NVIDIA and its system partners—like Maingear—to offer new ultra powerful gaming PCs and quiet, small form factor rigs with much higher performance than they could before.

We’ve got a couple of a systems in house already that we’ll be showing you soon enough. For now though, we’re sure many of you are wondering just how well the GeForce GTX Titan performs. So without further delay, here are the benchmarks you’ve been itching to see…

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So let me get this right. The benefits over the 690 is tri-sli, acoustics, and size?

I can see the benefit from a small form factor point of view, if the 690 is bigger than what you're wanting in a case, but I just don't see the benefit from a performance standpoint unless you have $3000 to invest into the fad of the year.

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I can see this benefiting as Dorkstar said those with small form factor cases other then that who with half a brain would even need to 3way sli a card like this other then because i can type attitude.

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$1000 for a video card or a turbo for my VW? Hmm........

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Saw the specs... I came

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This might be like porn for a gamer or a hardcore computer enthusiast but unless you have A LOT of money to put in in building a rig, i don't see why one would go to such an overpowered graphics card.

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The titan is cool don't get me wrong but if I had a grand much less 3 grand even though the specs are crazy awesome I am going to sink that into something else. I love electronics and computers but until I win the redneck retire plan I just couldn't justify it. 

 

Having said that if someone gave me 3 of these cards I would find a way to put them in SLI in a heartbeat. 

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The only time I would consider this is if I had to drive multiple high rez displays - as of this moment, my 590 is more than enough for my 1x Dell 3011 @2560x1600, even in Crysis 3.  I figure I can pick up another 590 or 690 for less once the 700 series and maybe Titan variants take the top crown.

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