On February 21, 2013 Nvidia launched the GeForce GTX Titan, a new high-end graphics card built around the GK110 chip. We finally got our hands on the new Titan, actually we got our hands on four of the new Titans. Soon we will publish the results of the GTX Titan in SLI, 3-way SLI, and of course 4-way SLI. Today we will take a closer look at Nvidia’s new flagship graphics card and compare it to other high-end cards such as the Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 and 690 and the AMD Radeon HD 7970 and 7990.
The GeForce GTX Titan is based on the GK110 GPU, a larger, more complex and more powerful version of the GK104 chip used in the GeForce GTX 680, 670 and 660 Ti. It’s the first time the GK110 is used in a consumer product. It’s been available for a while already in Nvidia’s professional Tesla K20(X) GPGPU cards.
If you read our GeForce GTX 680 review, you will recall that on the original roadmap for the GTX 600 series, the GK110 was the high-end chip and the GK104 was the smaller and more efficient chip for mid-range cards. However, when it arrived the GK104 proved to be fast enough to give the AMD Radeon HD 7970 a run for its money. Nvidia decided to use this chip for the GeForce GTX 680, and has since kept the GK110 under wraps. We expected Nvidia to unveil its trump card at some point, and that moment has finally arrived.
Nvidia has consciously chosen to not use the GK110 chip to transition to a new GeForce 700 series. Since there aren't many model numbers between 690 and 700, Nvidia chose a different approach. If we're not mistaken, the GeForce GTX Titan is the first Nvidia graphics card without a number in its title since the Riva TNT from 1998.
Nvidia is not positioning the Titan as a successor to the GeForce GTX 690 per se, but more as an alternative to dual-GPU graphics card. Nvidia has been open about the fact that the GTX 90 can be faster than the Titan, but since it only has a single GPU it should be more energy-efficient and silent. And for the wealthy ones among us, you can only combine two GTX 690s, but you can use four Titans at the same time. That’s if you want to spend € 4000 that is.
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This review was made possible thanks to Tones.be who were kind enough to lend us four GeForce GTX Titans and two GeForce GTX 690. You have our eternal gratitude.