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Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan review

Price has become deliberately irrelevant for this high-end Kepler card

Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan

All our tests were run at 2560x1600 to show performance on high-res systems and what's immediately evident from the benchmarks is that the Titan isn't the fastest graphics card around, but it's hitting close to SLI performance from just a single GPU. That's important because of the difficulty getting a consistently pleasing multi-GPU experience.

Compared with the other single-GPU cards though it's a good deal quicker for the most part, though the DiRT Showdown score is a bit of an anomaly and shows just how impressive AMD's GCN tech is for compute-based game engines.

DirectX 11 tessellation performance
Heaven 3.0: FPS: higher is better

GTX Titan: 55.6
GTX 690: 70.6
HD 7990: 65
HD 7970 GHz: 38.3
GTX 680: 41

DirectX11 gaming performance
Batman: Arkham City: FPS: higher is better

GTX Titan: 98
GTX 690: 106
HD 7990: 89
HD 7970 GHz: 68
GTX 680: 65

DiRT Showdown: FPS: higher is better
GTX Titan: 64
GTX 690: 70
HD 7990: 78
HD 7970 GHz: 67
GTX 680: 48

Max Payne 3: FPS: higher is better
GTX Titan: 43
GTX 690: 56
HD 7990: 50
HD 7970 GHz: 38
GTX 680: 30

Sleeping Dogs: FPS: higher is better
GTX Titan: 32
GTX 690: 38
HD 7990: 47
HD 7970 GHz: 28
GTX 680: 22

DirectX 11 1080p performance
Shogun 2: FPS: higher is better

GTX Titan: 108
GTX 690: 124
HD 7990: 127
HD 7970 GHz: 89
GTX 680: 85

PCFormat value metrics
Heaven 3.0: £/FPS: lower is better

GTX Titan: £14.91
GTX 690: £10.62
HD 7990: £10.77
HD 7970 GHz: £8.88
GTX 680: £9.54

The magic number

If you thought one GTX Titan might be a bit of overkill, then let us take that to an extreme with three of them jammed into a X79 rig with an eight-core Xeon. You know, just for kicks.

SLI performance has improved, but you can see how little benefit you actually get from adding a third card. Two cards gives a fairly hefty boost, but at best a third will only give you another 40% FPS.

DirectX 11 tessellation performance
Heaven 3.0: FPS: higher is better

GTX Titan: 55.6
Two-way Titan SLI: 97.8
Three-way Titan SLI: 137.2

DirectX 11 gaming performance
DiRT Showdown: FPS: higher is better

GTX Titan: 64
Two-way Titan SLI: 81
Three-way Titan SLI: 93

Max Payne 3: FPS: higher is better
GTX Titan: 43
Two-way Titan SLI: 72
Three-way Titan SLI: 94

Tech Specs

Product TypeGraphic Card
Chipset ManufacturerNVIDIA
Chipset ModelGTX TITAN
HDMIYes
Chipset LineGeForce
Chipset SeriesGTX
DisplayPortYes
Maximum Resolution4096 x 2160
Brand NameEVGA
Standard Memory6 GB
Host InterfacePCI Express 3.0 x16
Bus Width384 bit
Multi-GPU TechnologySLI
Analog SignalYes
Digital SignalYes
DVIYes
Number of DisplayPort Outputs1
Number of DVI Outputs2
Number of HDMI Outputs1
Height111.2 mm
Memory TechnologyGDDR5 SDRAM
Form FactorPlug-in Card
Length266.7 mm
ManufacturerEVGA Corporation
Memory Speed6008 MHz
Product NameGeForce GTX TITAN Superclocked Signature Graphic Card
Processor Speed876 MHz
Manufacturer Part Number06G-P4-2793-KR
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.evga.com
Marketing Information

Welcome to the era of Supercomputer Gaming. With the DNA of the world's fastest supercomputer and the soul of NVIDIA's Kepler architecture, the EVGA GeForce GTX Titan GPU is a revolution in PC gaming performance. The EVGA GeForce GTX Titan combines extraordinary power, advanced control features with EVGA Precision X, and game-changing thermal and acoustic capabilities to provide an entirely new class of super-performance graphics cards.

Package Contents
  • GeForce GTX TITAN Superclocked Signature Graphic Card
  • Driver/Software Disc
  • 1 x DVI to VGA Adapter (for DVI-I)
  • 1 x 6-pin PCI-E Power Adapter
  • 1 x 8-pin PCI-E Power Adapter
  • Accessory Pack
  • Limited Edition Mousepad
  • Limited Edition T-Shirt
  • User Guide
Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)1.36 kg
API SupportedDirectX 11.1, DirectCompute 5.0, OpenGL 4.2, OpenCL