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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How We Configured Our Test Systems: We tested the graphics cards in this article on an Asus P9X79 Deluxe motherboard powered by a Core i7-3960X six-core processor and 16GB of G.SKILL DDR3-1866 RAM. The first thing we did when configuring the test system was enter the system UEFI and set all values to their "high performance" default settings and disable any integrated peripherals that wouldn't be put to use. The memory's X.M.P. profile was enabled to ensure better-than-stock performance and the hard drive was then formatted and Windows 7 Ultimate x64 was installed. When the installation was complete, we fully updated the OS and installed the latest DirectX redist along with all of the drivers, games, and benchmark tools necessary to complete our tests.

HotHardware's Test System
Intel Core i7 Powered

Hardware Used:
Intel Core i7-3960X
(3.3GHz, Six-Core)
Asus P9X79 Deluxe
(Intel X79 Express)

Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition x 2
GeForce GTX 680 x 2
GeForce GTX 690
GeForce GTX Titan x 3

Western Digital Raptor 150GB
Integrated Audio
Integrated Network

Relevant Software:
Windows 7 Ultimate x64
DirectX April 2011 Redist
AMD Catalyst v13.2 Beta 6
NVIDIA GeForce Drivers v314.07 / v314.09

Benchmarks Used:

Unigine Heaven v4
3DMark "Fire Strike"
Batman: Arkham City
Hitman: Absolution
Alien vs. Predator
Metro 2033
Sleeping Dogs
Crysis 3

Unigine Heaven v4.0 Benchmark
Pseudo-DirectX 11 Gaming

Unigine Heaven v4.0

Unigine's Heaven Benchmark v4.0 is built around the Unigine game engine. Unigine is a cross-platform, real-time 3D engine, with support for DirectX 9, DirectX 10, DirectX 11 and OpenGL. The Heaven benchmark--when run in DX11 mode--also makes comprehensive use of tessellation technology and advanced SSAO (screen-space ambient occlusion). It also features volumetric cumulonimbus clouds generated by a physically accurate algorithm and a dynamic sky with light scattering.

The GeForce GTX Titan crushes the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition and GeForce GTX 680 in this latest version of Unigine's Heaven benchmark, outpacing both cards by about 57%. The dual-GPU powered GeForce GTX 690, however, pull ahead of the Titan by a decent margin.

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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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