Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: The GeForce GTX Titan is easily the fastest single-GPU powered graphics card we have ever tested, bar none. In every benchmark or game we threw at it, regardless of resolution, the GeForce GTX Titan clearly outpaced the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition and the GeForce GTX 680, sometimes by margins over 50%. The GeForce GTX Titan couldn’t quite keep pace with the dual-GPU powered GeForce GTX 690, but the Titan is in the same league. The GeForce GTX Titans acoustics are also best of class. Considering the immense horsepower offered by Titan, the card is just plain quiet. Power consumption is also in-line with expectations.
We really dig the GeForce GTX Titan. It may not offer framerates as high as the dual-GPU powered GeForce GTX 690, but it is the fastest single-GPU powered graphics card by far. The GeForce GTX Titan is also quieter than any other high-end graphics card we’ve tested, it offers some new features not available on any other products yet, and the thing just plain looks cool too. GPU Boost 2.0 offers a lot of flexibility to users who want to tweak acoustics or performance and display overclocking should offer immediate benefits to users willing to experiment and find the sweet spot for their particular monitor, and the card’s massive 6GB frame buffer somewhat future-proofs the card for users that want to play the latest games on multi-monitors at the highest possible settings. Though, nothing available today really taxes a frame buffer that big.
As we mentioned in our initial preview, the GeForce GTX Titan should be available immediately from many of NVIDIA’s key system partners, with limited retail availability to follow. The price for this beast: $999, which is right in line with the GeForce GTX 690. There’s no denying there’s a steep premium for a card like the GeForce GTX Titan, but enthusiasts that want the best of the best have always had to pay up. While the GeForce GTX Titan’s performance isn’t quite as high as the GTX 690 on its own, the card does set a new benchmark for ultra high-performance when configured in tri-SLI and in a single-card configuration the GeForce GTX Titan can fit into smaller form factors where the GeForce GTX 690 could not. While the GeForce GTX Titan may not knock the GTX 690 from its position atop the 3D graphics food chain, it does allow NVIDIA and its partners to offer new flagship systems gaming systems and more powerful small form factor systems, which should appeal gamers and systems builders alike.
We wish the GeForce GTX Titan was more affordable so that more gamers could experience the power of this beast, but for now the card will remain a luxury for those that can afford it. The GeForce GTX Titan’s relatively high price doesn’t detract from its pure awesomeness though. Yeah, it would be great if it was more affordable, but 7.1 billion transistors, a 6GB frame buffer, best of class performance, and some hot new features make the GeForce GTX Titan one of the most exciting products we’ve tested in a quite a while.
And if you haven’t had enough GeForce GTX Titan coverage, stay tune to HH—we’ve got a 3-way SLI Maingear SHIFT in house and a SFF Titan-enabled small form factor system from AVA Direct on the test bench as well.