Nvidia Graphics Card for Gamers
Nvidia today released its new GTX Titan graphics card on an eager gaming market. Touted as being the most powerful single GPU solution for gaming graphics, the Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan will slot in as a companion to Nvidia’s existing GeForce GTX 690 dual GPU graphics card as the most powerful graphics cards that you can buy.
The GTX Titan will be available in enthusiast PCs and from graphics card manufacturers like eVGA and Asus. The card will come out at the same $999 list price as the GTX 690, cementing its status as an ultra high-end enthusiast component.
Graphics Card for Gamers
The GTX Titan is built on the same Kepler architecture as the GTX 680, GTX 690, and Telsa K20 GPU cards. However, while the GTX 680 and 690 used the GK104 core, the GTX Titan is built on the GK110 core used in the Tesla K20 and Tesla K20X. The GK110 has 2688 CUDA cores, 4500 Gigaflops of compute power, and 7.1 billion transistors. GTX Titan shares its name with the humungous super parallel supercomputer called Titan at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee. The Titan supercomputer uses over 18,000 Tesla K20X GPUs and over 18,000 AMD Opteron CPUs for its scientific calculations.
Memory utilization is better on the Titan in multiple graphics card SLI mode than the GTX 690. The GTX Titan comes with 6GB of GDDR5, and it can be deployed in 2-way and 3-way SLI configurations, an improvement over the GTX 690, which is limited to two cards. The GTX Titan is also more efficient, with power consumption and heat, given that it is a single GPU card as opposed to the GTX 690’s dual GPU setup. This means that users and system builders will be able to use the GTX Titan in small form factor (SFF) rigs, something that couldn’t be done with the GTX 690.
Rather than using voltage and power consumption as control points, the GTX Titan uses temperature as a control, letting the GPU and its driver control performance. This process allows the graphics card to dynamically vary clock speed and voltage, taking some of the minutia out of gamers’ hands. Tweakers will still be able to change settings, but out of the box, the GTX Titan will tailor its own performance as long as the GPU core temperature stays at or below 80 degrees Celsius. With a high capacity fan and a heat sink that runs the length of the card, this means that high levels of performance will be available while keeping heat output and resulting fan noise down.
Stay tuned for a full review of the Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan on PCMag.com as well as reviews of gaming desktop systems equipped with GTX Titan from system builders in the coming weeks.