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

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

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We spent a little time overclocking the GeForce GTX Titan to see what kind of additional frequency headroom it had left under its hood. For these tests, we used the latest edition of EVGA's Precision X GPU tweaking utility, which is designed to work with Titan.

Overclocking a Kepler-based GeForce GTX series graphics card requires a bit more tweaking then previous-gen products, due to all of the new options available and the complexities associated with GPU Boost. Sometimes, you’ll find that increasing a particular voltage or frequency may appear to function properly, when in fact performance decreases due to errors or throttling. You may also find that the actual GPU Boost clock may travel above or below the designated offset value when the power and/or temperature targets are also increased.


EVGA's Precision X Tweaking Utility Running On The GeForce GTX Titan

We did a few things when experimenting with overclocked speeds on Titan.  First we tried the most basic option available--we simply changed the temperature target from the default 80'C and increased it to 90'C to see what kind of impact it would have on performance.  Then, to push things much further, we increased the power and temperature targets to 105% and 92'C, respectively, and also increased the GPU and Memory clock offsets and ran a few tests.

Overclocking The GeForce GTX Titan
Tweakin' The GPU

Interestingly enough, increasing the temperature target to 90'C resulted in a small increase in performance, not only because the GPU was able to run at higher boost frequencies for longer periods, but the boost frequency actually increased as well. Although the default GPU boost clock on Titan is 876MHz, we observed frequencies as high as 993MHz. For our more aggressive overclocking tests, we saw a much higher GPU boost frequency of almost 1.1GHz, and when coupled with higher memory clocks, the performance increases were significant. Hitman in particular showed a 12% increase in performance. Keep in mind, these clocks were possible without manually tweaking the Titan's voltages. With further experimentation, we're certain the GeForce GTX Titan can hit even higher clocks than what we've shown here.

The moral of the story: Even with 7.1B transistors under the hood, the GeForce GTX Titan has plenty of frequency headroom left for overclockers.

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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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