NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Video Card ReviewThu, Feb 21, 2013 - 9:00 AM
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB is without a doubt the most powerful single-GPU video card ever released. This card is aimed at gamers and enthusiasts that are gaming at Ultra HD resolutions like 2560×1600 or 5760×1080 (Surround gaming setups). The GeForce GTX Titan and the GK110 GPU runs great at 1920×1080, but that is like doing the speed limit with a super car. This card was build to game at high resolutions and really starts to stretch its legs when you get to the higher resolutions. That said, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB video card has a retail price of $999. That is a good chunk of change, but the gamer that will be buying this card will have a gaming setup that costs thousands and not hundreds of dollars.
When it comes to performance the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan was found to be 26-66% faster than a factory overclocked NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 with the GK104 GPU. That is a pretty dramatic performance increase and it goes to show how powerful the GK110 Kepler GPU really is! The NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan made short work of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 and AMD Radeon HD 7970, but at more than twice the cost it was to be expected. Gamers looking for the best gaming performance for the dollar are still better off going with two GeForce GTX 680’s in SLI. That setup would be faster than a single GeForce GTX Titan, but it will be louder, less energy efficient and it means that you’ll have to deal with some SLI quirks that pop up from time to time. Those looking for the ultimate SLI setup can look to the GeForce GTX Titan. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan 6GB card can be run in up to 4-way SLI and would offer the best frame rates possible. An NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan 3-Way SLI setup would be faster than a GeForce GTX 690 SLI setup, so if you have deep pockets you should be looking at a 3-way SLI solution!
The new GPU Boost 2.0 technology is also a welcomed addition as having the ability to have temperature targets is ingenious. For decades have been concerned about temperatures, but now there is a way to set the temperature target for the GPU. For example you can set the GeForce GTX Titan to operate at 70C or 90C and the software will do the rest. Right now you have to use a third party utility like EVGA Precision to use this feature. In the future we would hope this would be rolled into the driver as it would be one less utility to install and update. You can also do display overclocking with GPU Boost 2.0 technology, but that is something we’ll have to explore later as we just didn’t have the time to do so for this review.
At the end of the day the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan looks great, is energy efficient, silent on operation and is the fastest single GPU on the planet. The only bitter pill that you need to swallow with this card is the price tag, but all flagship products are priced higher than the mainstream ones!
Legit Bottom Line: The NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan is the fastest single GPU powered video card on the planet!