Published on March 31st, 2013 | by Tonberry King
GeForce GTX TITAN
In the foreseeable future, the GTX Titan is the fastest single-GPU card around. It’s beautiful, it’s quiet, and it sips energy. So what is sitting inside its awesome magnesium alloy chassis? In simple terms, the GK110 GPU, which consists of over 7 billion transistors and 6GB GDDR5 ram running at over 6GHz. This card is capable of some serious high-resolution gaming.
How much power does this massive GPU running at high clock speeds consume? In fact, the GTX Titan is comparable with the much slower AMD Radeon HD 7970 – so not very much at all. The GTX Titan has a TDP rating of only 250W. TDP stands for Thermal Design Power, and it’s a metric used to gauge power consumption (lower numbers equate to greater efficiency). This is possible thanks to the power sipping Kepler architecture which can also be found in the GTX 680. Below you can see the Titan without its massive heat sink and fan.
For general usage and overclocking purposes, software is crucial. The GTX Titan comes with GPU Boost 2.0 software. This new software has the option to regulate GPU performance based on temperature rather than voltage. A combination of high temperatures and high voltage will blow up transistors, so this new software actively prevents this problem. Ultimately, temperature based controls allow water cooling kits to be incredibly effective. This can greatly boost potential bench marks and performance. There are currently no plans to retrofit older graphics cards with GPU Boost 2.0.
Real World Performance
Every GTX Titan will perform slightly different based on varying environmental conditions. Real world test indicate that the GTX Titan is a third faster than the preceding GTX 680, and around 20-30% faster than the high-end Radeon HD 7970. While these numbers are an improvement, they aren’t revolutionary. In fact, you may see greater performance numbers using older GPU’s in SLI or CrossFire configurations.
Undoubtedly, the GTX Titan will offer a great PC gaming experience. It’ll run any game you throw at it with maximum settings, and it’s not hindered by any of the problems plaguing multi-GPU set ups. Perhaps one of the most evolutionary things about this card is how discrete it is. It offers an immense amount of performance with little demand on your power supply, and it does so in a very quiet fashion. Furthermore, since this card is NVIDIA 4-Way SLI Ready, you can expect major performance increases once you start stacking GPU’s in your rig. If you want the best gaming graphics card of 2013 this is it.
Summary: The fastest single GPU on the planet. Very quiet, very low energy consumption, but it can be beat by older graphics cards running in dual mode.