Nvidia’s GTX Titan has been a defunct GPU for gaming for quite some time now mainly due to the high price relative to its performance, though it does still rein supreme in the CUDA development community thanks to its Double Precision support that no other GTX GeForce GPU has. Successive releases of the GTX 780 and GTX 780 Ti, combined with price drops from pressure from competing AMD graphics cards, have meant the GTX Titan is obsolete at its $999 price point for gaming. However, today that changes. Nvidia have released the GTX Titan Black which replaces the original GTX Titan. In terms of the visuals the clue is in the name. The GTX Titan Black brings some black accents to the design including the wording and the heatsink colour.
At the heart of the GTX Titan Black is a fully fledged GK110 GPU like the GTX 780 Ti. This boasts 2880 CUDA cores at a clock speed of up to 980MHz, which is much higher than the up to 928MHz on the GTX 780 Ti. As it’s a GTX Titan it comes with a massive 6GB of frame buffer and full double precision support that the GTX 780 Ti wasn’t given. This means the GTX Titan Black is aimed at both gamers and CUDA developers who want to take advantage of the massive Double Precision power. In a similar vein to the GTX 780 Ti the GTX Titan Black also gets a memory speed bump to 7GHz, up from 6GHz on the GTX Titan, and that all stays within the same 250W TDP we’re used to for Nvidia’s GK110 high end line-up.
Nvidia’s GTX Titan Black replaces the GTX Titan making it an EOL product now. However, we’ve known this would happen for a very long time because Nvidia never made any attempt to bring the price of the GTX Titan down despite the launches of much better cards from within their own camp and outside it undermining the GTX Titan. As you might expect the GTX Titan Black retains the same eye-watering $999 price point, but if you want the best of the best that’s the price that has to be paid!
Over at VideoCardz.com they’ve managed to scoop some pictures of the upcoming GTX Titan “Black” graphics card from Nvidia. As the name hints the GTX Titan Black was expected to be a black variant of the original GTX Titan….. but strangely enough the pictures reveal it isn’t actually that black at all. The GTX Titan Black (pictured immediately below) comes with the TITAN written in black and what appears to be blackened aluminium heatsink fins beneath the glass window. If we compare that to the original GTX Titan (pictured immediately above) we can see the differences are noticeable, but not that significant.
What is more interesting is that the GTX Titan Black, based on earlier rumours, was expected to look like the black GTX Titan shown below. However, that rumour was apparently just a rumour because the newest pictures suggest otherwise. While nothing has been confirmed the GTX Titan Black is expected to be a fully featured GK110 GPU (just like the GTX 780 Ti), except it comes with the bonus of 6GB of GDDR5 (instead of 3GB on the GTX 780 Ti) and it also comes with full Double Precision performance, something that has been removed from the GTX 780 Ti. Pricing is expected to be at the $999 just like the current GTX Titan (which may take a tumble in price or be discontinued once Nvidia release the GTX Titan Black).
Image #1 courtesy of Nvidia, Image #2 and #3 courtesy of VideoCardz.com
Battlefield 4 has been one of the biggest game releases so far this year for gamers on all gaming platforms. The FPS title from EA and DICE has got off to a relatively shaky start with numerous audio, graphical and gameplay problems across the various platforms it was released on. In fact for many Battlefield 4 owners the game is still in a dysfunctional or buggy state, but you can expect (or hope) that EA and DICE will begin to patch and fix the majority of the problems within the coming weeks as they have said they will. The shaky launch aside, what most PC owners/gamers want to know, if they haven’t already found out, is how do current generation GPUs perform in Battlefield 4 on the PC?
Today we put that question to the test with an extensive, albeit not entirely complete, range of current generation AMD and Nvidia GPUs. On the AMD side we have the R7 260X, R9 270, R9 270X, R9 280X, R9 290 and R9 290X while on the Nvidia side we have a few more offerings with the GTX 650 Ti Boost, GTX 660, GTX 760, GTX 770, GTX 780, GTX 780 Ti and GTX Titan. All of the aforementioned graphics cards are current offerings and to the sharp-minded readers you will notice some graphics cards are missing. Mainly the current generation lower-end graphics cards from both AMD and Nvidia are absent, that includes the Nvidia GTX 650, GT 640 GDDR5, GT 640 DDR3 and the AMD R7 250 and R7 240. The main reason for not testing these graphics cards, other than that we didn’t have most of them, is because they simply aren’t that capable of running such a high end gaming title. Of course that’s not to say they can’t but given the nature of the resolutions we test (mainly 1080p or above) and the quality settings our readers like to see (very high or ultra) these GPUs simply aren’t cut out for the test. Arguably they are more aimed at gamers with 1366 x 768 monitors tackling medium-high details but I digress. The system requirements for Battlefield 4 reveal a similar picture, if you want a smooth gameplay experience then you need an AMD Radeon HD 7870 or Nvidia GTX 660 or better. However, those system requirements show you very little about what you can expect at different resolutions. So without any further ado let us show you our results and show you exactly how AMD and Nvidia’s offerings stack up!
Valve showed off their new Steam Machine prototype to the Verge yesterday and it all looks pretty impressive. While the specifications of the Steam Machine will vary – for instance lower end models will have a GTX 660 and an Intel Core i3 – the top end model is quite an impressive creation. Given that from the outside the Steam Machine doesn’t look that different to your average chunky entertainment centre or HTPC you’d be surprised to know you can cram in up to a GTX Titan and a full desktop class Intel Core i7.
The secret to being able to cram such high end hardware in to a small space comes with Valve’s decision to let each component operate in its own individual cooling area. The graphics card, power supply and CPU cooler are all separated and can all intake and exhaust air separate from one another allowing the inside of the Steam Machine to stay relatively cool. At 12.4 x 12 inches and 2.9 inches the Steam Machine is similar to a slim Xbox 360 but with a tonne more power.
The top end system comes with a GTX Titan and Core i7 4770, the middle system comes with a GTX 780 or GTX 760 and a Core i5 CPU while the entry system comes with a GTX 660 and Intel Core i3. All three systems will share 16GB of RAM and a 1TB hybrid drive that uses 8GB of SSD with a 1TB HDD platter.
Hardware side there are an absolute tonne more features and details to cover. We encourage any interested readers to go and check out the Verge’s exclusive hands on with the Steam Machine, the Steam controller and how it all performs in some real world gaming. You can check out the very interesting report here.
With GPUs getting more and more powerful and 4K monitors becoming available for consumer purchase we thought we’d use AMD’s R9 290X launch as a spring-board to look at the 4K Gaming performance of AMD and Nvidia’s top 2 single GPU graphics cards. Of course since writing this article Nvidia have revealed their intentions to release a GTX 780 Ti graphics card which is worth considering when looking at these benchmarks. AMD are also expected to reveal an R9 290 graphics card at some stage this year too. So this is by no means a comprehensive or complete look at 4K performance on high end AMD and Nvidia GPUs, but we think it is an interesting place to start.
Firstly let’s recap the graphics cards we’re using, all four are pictured above and they are:
Next we’ve managed to get a hold of a 4K monitor for this testing as AMD were kind enough to provide us with the Sharp PN-K321 4K monitor.
The Sharp PN-K321 uses a 32 inch IGZO panel providing a resolution of 3840 x 2160. Being a first generation 4K panel it uses two 1920 x 2160 displays stitched together with an advanced display controller chip. The 4K monitor is able to stream 4K at up to 60Hz which is best done through DisplayPort.
We’ve used the usual selection of games that we’d normally do in our graphics card reviews so we’ve got a selection of 7 games and one synthetic benchmark to show you: Alien vs Predator, Bioshock Infinite, Hitman Absolution, Sleeping Dogs, Unigine Heaven 4, Tomb Raider, Dirt Showdown and Metro Last Light. Without any further ado let’s see exactly how these AMD and Nvidia GPUs got on at some 4K gaming.
Early reports suggested that Nvidia’s newly announced GTX 780 Ti graphics card would sit somewhere in between the GTX 780 and the GTX Titan but according to the latest reports from Chinese forum Chiphell the GTX 780 Ti may marginally exceed the GTX Titan in raw performance.
The specifications of the GTX 780 Ti have been neatly summarised in the table below:
The specifications show that the higher clock speed of the GTX 780 Ti should allow it to match or maybe even beat the GTX Titan. Of course the GTX Titan still has twice the memory, more CUDA cores and a more powerful GPU – which will be its major selling points that justify its higher price over the GTX 780 Ti. In terms of a loose performance metric Hexus quotes “4,494/4709” GFLOPS for the GTX Titan and “4,503/4762” GFLOPS for the GTX 780 Ti. If GFLOPS translates into gaming performance the GTX 780 Ti should be a hair ahead of the GTX Titan at stock vs stock, except when a game demands more than 3GB of VRAM for optimal operation.
We will do our best to get Nvidia’s GTX 780 Ti in for a full review but in the mean time we’ll just have to wait and see.
Image #1 courtesy of Nvidia, image #2 courtesy of Chiphell and image #3 courtesy of eTeknix
According to a Softpedia report AMD’s next generation flagship graphics card, the Radeon R9 290X, will cost around $600/€500/£400 pre-taxes. The aim of AMD’s pricing strategy is to put some serious competition behind Nvidia’s more expensive offerings – the GTX 780 and GTX Titan graphics cards. AMD’s R9 290X will be available from the middle of October and is based on a new silicon dubbed Hawaii. Hawaii is a redesigned 28nm silicon that has 2816 GCN stream processors, 11 computing units, 172 TMUs, 44 ROPs and a 512 bit memory interface for a hefty 4GB of GDDR5 memory.
6GB variants of the R9 290X are expected at a later date to be “true” GTX Titan killers to those who think that having 6GB of VRAM will make so much more difference compared to 4GB of VRAM. AMD detailed some of the performance and architecture metrics of the R9 290X at the GPU 14 conference earlier this week, which you can see here. A review was also leaked in China, which you can see here, that shows the R9 290X is broadly faster than Nvidia’s GTX Titan in the vast majority of games and benchmarks.
A leak coming in from China has revealed the performance of AMD’s new flagship GPU – the R9-290X. The R9-290X is AMD’s HD 7970 GHz edition successor and is based on GCN 2.0 28nm architecture, as well as an enlarged GPU die. The results from China show that the R9-290X is broadly faster than the GTX Titan in a wide variety of games, at high resolution and detail settings. The specifications of the R9-290X have been all-but-confirmed by a variety of leaks from China and these specifications have been helpfully summarised below by WCCFTech.
In terms of performance the new AMD flagship has been put through its paces in a variety of tests and games, below you can see an extensive selection of those results.
Nvidia’s GK110 GPU, that is based on the Kepler architecture, has been a very versatile piece. In addition to spawning lots of professional series Nvidia graphics cards from their Quadro line the GK110 GPU also powers the GTX Titan and GTX 780 graphics cards. Now it appears Nvidia might be planning a GTX 790 that uses a pair of GK110 GPUs if Videocardz.com are to be believed. Citing anonymous industry sources they say that their is a GTX 790 inbound. It is expected to use a pair of GK110 GPUs though whether these are more similar to the Titan or to the GTX 780 is not known.
Apparently the graphics card will not exceed the $1000 price point and it will see Nvidia reduce the prices of the GTX 780 and GTX Titan so that it is competitive. My guess is that the card will opt for a pair of GTX 780 GK110 GPUs, not GTX Titan ones, simply because two GTX Titan GPUs would mean Nvidia would essentially have to slash the price of the GTX Titan which they wouldn’t want to do. That said it wouldn’t be unfeasible for Nvidia to put a pair of either GK110 GPUs on a single PCB because both consume similar amounts of power with 250W TDPs. That said a pair of 250W TDP GPUs on a single PCB would need a mighty cooling solution.
We still aren’t sure as to how accurate this rumour is, but definitely watch this space as it could get very interesting.
AMD’s HD 7990 had been priced competitively with the GTX 690 since its release but AMD have taken a rather drastic step to compete with Nvidia’s newest line up of graphics cards. AMD have taken the move to slash a huge $300 off the recommended MSRP of the HD 7990. This means the HD 7990 is now priced competitively to the GTX 780 (a card which it easily beats) and is much cheaper than the GTX 690.
On Newegg you will now find this graphics card starting from $699.99. This is extremely good value especially considering the extensive game bundle that this graphics card does come with. If we consider that AMD recently released a new driver that fixed CrossFire latency issues then there really is no reason to say no to a HD 7990 for just $699.99. AMD will really make a lot of potential GTX 780 buyers rethink their decision. If you consider that you could sell all the games in the game bundle and potentially recoup another $100 then you could be picking up a HD 7990 for as low as $599.99.
We expect to see the new discount get phases throughout the retail channel over the world over the coming few weeks, so if you’re looking to buy a HD 7990 then make sure you get it at the new price and not the old one!
According to a story being run by WCCFTech the GTX 760 will be Nvidia’s last release for 2013. If we believe the image that is provided then basically what it tells us is that the GTX 760 is coming to replace the GTX 660Ti and the GTX 760 will arrive on Tuesday June 25th if all the internet speculation is to be believed. With the GTX 760 then introduced that is all we will see from Nvidia for the rest of 2013. This means the GTX Titan down to the GTX 760 covers the high-end market while the GTX 660 down to the GTX 650 from the last series covers the budget market and Nvidia aren’t even bothering to make rebranded versions of these GTX 600 series cards under the GTX 700 naming. It is also strange to see the GTX 690 not on there but I guess the GTX Titan has become its official replacement as the GTX 680 has been phased out and we are seeing no dual-GPU GTX 700 series graphics card.
Why has Nvidia been able to do this? – you may wonder. Well it is quite simple really, with AMD not expected to release HD 8000 until the end of the year Nvidia has no need to bother with making any new graphics cards because it can still dominate the market on performance terms until we get AMD’s response. AMD’s response is going to be crucial here because even if they cut prices on their entire current product stack, they will still need something to compete at the top end- that is with the GTX 780/Titan. The AMD HD 7970 GHz Edition just about holds its ground with the GTX 770 which is essentially an overclocked GTX 680. With Nvidia drawing first blood we now have to sit by and wait for AMD to make a counter-attack.
Nvidia’s GTX Titan has been bound by strict AIB Partner guidelines of late and while we are not sure if any restrictions have been lifted, we have already seen the likes of Colorful with some fancy non-reference designs but we have seen no other GPU vendors do the same. Now Gigabyte appear to be circumventing these Nvidia partner guidelines in a quite sneaky way, suggesting they haven’t actually been lifted. Basically Gigabyte are bundling a GTX Titan with their WindForce 3X VGA cooler. This means technically they are selling you a stock GTX Titan but you have the ability to upgrade it.
The star of the show really is Gigabyte’s WindForce 3X cooler which has five copper heat pipes, a very dense aluminium heatsink stack and three 80mm fans. Gigabyte pre-overclock the card even with the stock cooler but if you want to maintain those overclocked speeds under high loads it is recommended you use this WindForce 3X cooler to achieve those highest GPU Boost clock speeds. The overclocked speeds are 928MHz core, 980MHz GPU Boost and 6GHz memory.
Included you get all the mounting kit parts, which includes two tubes of thermal paste and you also get bundled a cleaning cloth and a Gigabyte mousepad. Gigabyte will probably price this card at a premium over normal GTX Titan’s to the tune of around $200/£150 more (minimum) I suspect, we will let you know when we get actual pricing.
Colorful never cease to amaze us with some of their amazing GPU and graphics card innovations and with Nvidia lifting restrictions on custom GTX Titan PCB and cooler designs, Colorful have really gone for it this time. Hermitage Akihabara have revealed Colorful’s iGame GTX Titan Ultra Edition graphics card can only be described as extreme. The graphics card comes with a full coverage phase change cooler designed out of the box for open air benches and for people who know how to voltage modify graphics cards.
The compressor assembly for the phase change cooler comes inside a separate case that is easily the size of a mini-ITX/micro-ATX computer chassis. The cooler itself has insulated refrigerant pipes and the block is dual slot and cools everything on the front of the PCB while a customised backplate deals with the back.
According to TechPowerUp “A phase-change cooler works on the same principle as deep-freezers, refrigerators, and air-conditioners, only that in this case, the block takes up the role of the evaporator”.
The iGame GTX Titan Ultra Edition can sustain temperatures as low as minus 50 degrees Celsius from the factory. The iGame GTX Titan Ultra already comes with a hefty factory overclock of 954MHz core and 1006MHz boost up from 863MHz core and 900MHz boost reference speeds. There are no words on pricing and availability but given the incredibly niche market and ultra high end nature of this product we expect these to be very limited quantities and easily cost over $2000.
EVGA has been demonstrating its new Z87 and GTX 700 series based products quite extensively at Computex and now it is taking those parts one step further offering pre-built mini-ITX gaming systems and barebones kits using an EVGA case, motherboard and graphics cards.
The case is custom designed for EVGA and called the “miniBOX”. It has a windowed side panel and a glossy black finish.
Strangely it uses an FSP Group 1U SFF power supply which is surprising as I thought EVGA would opt for their own power supplies and make the case a tiny bit bigger to account for that.
One of the assembled systems was based on the Z87 Stinger and powered by the Intel Core i7 4770K. The graphics card was provided by the GTX Titan and it equipped an SSD. There is also no surprises that EVGA cut out the optical drive to save space, it clearly sees digital distributed games as being the way of the future.
The rear I/O is obviously provided by the EVGA Stinger Z87 motherboard which we detailed here. My only concern is EVGA’s decision to opt for a 1U power supply. With a small high RPM 40mm fan it is no doubt going to be horrendously noisy when under any intensive loads for prolonged periods of time.
Now that we’ve covered the majority of Gigabyte’s notebooks and motherboards its time to have a look at what graphics cards they are showing at Computex 2013. Naturally Gigabyte is really showing off its brand new WindForce cooler and you can see below its doing this on its three best graphics cards. They are the GTX Titan 6GB OC, the GTX 780 3GB OC and the GTX 770 2GB OC.
The GTX Titan in question features an overclock to 928MHz from 837MHz stock, 980MHz boost clock which is up from 876MHz stock and it comes bundled with Gigabyte’s OC Guru II software.
The GTX 780 comes overclocked to 954MHz up from 863MHz with a boost clock of 1006MHz. It also comes with OC Guru II overclocking software and Nvidia GPU Boost 2.0.
Finally the Gigabyte GTX 770 OC 2GB graphics card comes with a core slock of 1137MHz, up from 1046MHz stock, and a boost clock of 1189MHz up from 1085MHz stock.
All three graphics cards use the same flagship Gigabyte Windforce cooler with three fans and a 450W TDP. It is also nice to see Gigabyte going for black PCBs all round and I commend them for that improvement as they have clearly listened to customer feedback as their graphics card PCBs used to be blue.
The GTX Titan was unique when it came out in that it was by far the best single GPU graphics card we have ever seen. It is competitive with dual GPU counterparts in almost all gaming scenarios and as a result has been propelled to PC Gaming fame.
When Nvidia launched this $1000/€1000 monster 3 months ago many people thought it would be a very niche product and wouldn’t sell well at all. Most people suggested that demand for this type of product had already been saturated by the GTX 690 and HD 7990 (non-reference) releases. Yet here we are, 3 months later, and the GTX Titan has sold more in 3 months than the GTX 690 has sold in over a year.
While very expensive, and total overkill for most people, the GTX Titan seems to be capturing the minds (and wallets) of the PC Gaming crowd. No doubt Nvidia’s marketing hype and advertising helped things along a bit, but they have always done this for all their video cards so nothing has really changed here. The GTX Titan continues to sell well, and sell out, at a lot of retailers and Nvidia just can’t make them fast enough.
“Even we were surprised just how popular the GeForce GTX Titan was and still is. Titan sold a lot more than the GTX 690, for example. It’s still selling very well,” said Ben Berraondo, the senior PR manager for GeForce at Nvidia.
Do you have a GTX Titan? What are your thoughts on it?
Nvidia have really stepped up their game recently with the GTX Titan and GTX 690 graphics card coolers, all of which feature high quality (and cost) materials such as magnesium alloys and vapor-chamber plates. If you believe any recent previews and leaks, you will also see that GTX 770 and GTX 780 are expected to use similar coolers to the GTX Titan and GTX 690. Yet these high cost materials make uncompetitive price points and add unnecessary costs which many Nvidia AIB partners feel are unnecessary.
EVGA believes that it can create a better looking, better performing and more cost effective solution with its ACX graphics card cooling solution. ACX is an abbreviation of Active Cooling Xtreme. From what the “Teaser Video” shows we can see it is based off a sleek looking design that features matte black, piano black and gold accents. In addition it uses a pair of probably 90mm, but possibly 80mm, fans that cool a dense aluminium heatsink under the external shroud
EVGA didn’t give any details away so we can’t really tell you much more but they say the ACX is coming May the 23rd. Strangely enough May the 23rd is also when we expect to see the GTX 780 graphics card launched. No doubt this means EVGA will launch Nvidia’s new GTX 780 and GTX 770 graphics cards equipped with the new ACX cooler.
For those of you who haven’t had a chance to keep up with the latest GTX 700 series rumours then be sure to check out Peter’s article on that where he detailed the GTX 780 to GTX 760 Ti. However, if you don’t have time to read that then below is a summary table of the GTX 700 series graphics cards in question, compared to a GTX Titan.
Table Credit: WCCF Tech
Why is the GTX Titan significant? Well because we were inclined to believe, based on our earlier articles, that the GTX 780, 770 and 760Ti would all be based on the GK110 GPU and the GTX Titan PCB and cooling design. Now pictures have emerged of the GTX 770 and we can see all the pieces falling into place.
As you can see the GTX 770 has a striking resemblance to the GTX Titan design. The only thing that sets it apart is the GTX 770 branding on the left hand side.
It will use the same vapour chamber and advanced fan control design as the GTX Titan which tries to find the best balance between thermals and noise. It is also quite likely it will use the same dynamic temperature based “GPU Boost” overclocking system that the GTX Titan also uses.
Other than those images there isn’t really much else we can add at this stage as we simply don’t have any more information to give you. For those of you who missed our previous article, then you can expect the GTX 770 to launch on May the 30th while the GTX 780 is expected on May the 23rd.
Just under 2 weeks ago we learned of a pretty significant rumour that suggested Nvidia would be releasing the entire GTX 700 series in time for Computex 2012, starting at the end of May. Now some more details have emerged over the new flagship from the upcoming GTX 700 series of graphics cards. Apparently the new flagship, the GTX 780, will not be as affordable as the GTX 680 was at launch. For those who do not remember, the Nvidia GTX 680 launched with a price point of $499.99 MSRP in March. However, a fresh report from SweClockers suggests that the GTX 780, which is to be based on the GK110 silicon (the same as what the GTX Titan is based from), will actually command a significantly higher price than $499.99.
This is not surprising since Nvidia’s GTX Titan would lose a lot of value if the GTX 780 performed similarly but cost only $499.99 in relation to the GTX Titan’s MSRP of $999.99. It is because of this fact that the GTX 780 is more likely to be placed near the GTX Titan in terms of pricing – in the $900-$1100 region. This means the GTX 780 will be the most expensive flagship single GPU yet from any numbered Nvidia series, if we consider that the GTX Titan was an exceptional release not classified under any series.
Other questions still remain though, like “will the GTX 780 be a rebranded GTX Titan?” and “Will the GTX 780 be the rumoured GTX Titan Ultra?”. As with all rumours we stress that you take everything with a pinch of salt because plans can change quickly, and there might not even be any truth in these rumours at all.
That said, if these rumours are true, what are your thoughts on this revelation?
We are already pretty certain that AMD’s next generation of graphics cards, the HD 8000 series, won’t arrive properly until October. By properly we mean the recently released HD 8570, and other similar OEM graphics cards, don’t really count because they are just rebrands of HD 7000 series tech. With that said, we are pretty surprised to hear rumours that Nvidia’s GTX 700 series will be coming this May, aka within the next month. They will apparently have the mid range models available by mid-May, the high end models available by the end of May and then everything else ready for an entire showcase at the Computex 2013 event.
According the rumoured report the GTX 700 series will be heavily based on the existing GeForce GTX 600 Kepler silicon with some feature set updates and product realignment. This means the GTX 700 series isn’t actually new at all, if anything the entire series is just a total rebranding exercise. By product realignment we mean the existing products shift down the nomenclature into the next series and only the top end of the market sees new graphics cards. For example the GTX 680 becomes the GTX 770, the GTX 670 becomes the GTX 760Ti and so on.
What’s also interesting is that those GTX Titan LE and GTX Titan Ultra graphics cards we heard about, may actually get absorbed into the GTX 700 product stack. This would mean that the current Kepler GTX 680 series line up would make up the GTX 770 all the way down to the bottom and then the GTX Titan LE may be the GTX 780 with the GTX Titan Ultra being released as part of the GTX 700 series or being dubbed something like GTX Titan II.
In an effort to achieve clarity, I think we may see the following based on these rumours:
GTX 790 = Dual GTX Titan LE
GTX Titan II = GTX Titan Ultra
GTX 780 = GTX Titan LE
GTX 770 = GTX 680
GTX 760Ti = GTX 670
GTX 760 = GTX 660Ti
GTX 750Ti/Boost = GTX 660
GTX 750 = GTX 650 Boost
GT 740 = GTX 650
This also leaves space for the GTX 790 to be based on dual Titan LE, Titan or Titan Ultra/II GPUs – which would make an absolute mammoth graphics card.
What are your thoughts on this rumour? Does it sound realistic or does it seem fake?
Nvidia put some pretty strict restrictions on graphics card vendors’ ability to make custom PCB designs for the GTX Titan. In fact there has been very little, if any, room for them to maneuver in the VRM department. Gigabyte’s solution for this problem isn’t pretty, but if you really need to beef up your VRM for extreme overclocking then this solution could be perfect for you.
Gigabyte have created the G Power add in board to bolster the GTX Titan’s VRM controls. This is only an extreme-overclockers play toy because it does violate the terms of your warranty and it is a very risky “operation”. This supplementary voltage regulation module is similar in principle to EVGA’s EPower and ASUS’ Matrix PWM.
The device has a small PCB with high capacity power leads on one end that need to be soldered on to the reference GTX Titan PCB. The other end features 24 pin ATX and 8 pin EPS connectors to give the G-Power module its power to deliver to the GTX Titan. The G-Power uses a 6 + 1 phase VRM design with 60 Amp ferrite core chokes, International Rectifier PowerIRstage IR3550 driver-MOSFETs and an International Rectifier IR3563A controller.
The main function of the G-Power module is to stabilise power delivery and prevent voltage droop from extreme overclocking. Gigabyte didn’t announce pricing, availability or how they intend to sell these.
In the next few days to a week AMD will be launching the HD 7990 graphics card, this represents to first challenge to Nvidia’s superiority in the ultra high performance consumer graphics market segment. No longer will Nvidia’s GTX Titan and GTX 690 be the only options at $999 price point. AMD’s pricing will be crucial here because as of late Nvidia has not been forced to change its pricing because of what is an essential monopoly. Were AMD to hit back with a low priced HD 7990, say $849, then Nvidia would be forced to lower the prices of both their GTX 690 and GTX Titan to match. However, price lowering isn’t Nvidia’s only strategy as fresh reports suggest they are working on two new variants of the GTX Titan graphics card.
Nvidia could be launching two new graphics cards from the GK110 GPU design. The GTX Titan Ultra and GTX Titan LE, which we have already heard about before. The GTX Titan LE is a slightly scaled down version of the original GTX Titan with only 13 out of 15 SMX units enabled giving 2496 CUDA Cores, 208 TMUs, 40 ROPs, a 320 bit GDDR5 interface and 5GB of GDDR5. The GTX Titan Ultra on the other hand is a minor improvement over the GTX Titan original. The original GTX Titan uses just 14 out of the 15 SMX units on the GK110 chip, so the GTX Titan Ultra would use 15 out of 15 SMX units giving it 2880 CUDA cores and 240 TMUs.
The pricing of both these new cards are still unknown. You’d hope that Nvidia choose to put the GTX Titan Ultra where the current GTX Titan is and then knock the price of everything else down. Though, how generous Nvidia are with the pricing will all depend on how threatened they feel by AMD’s HD 7990 when it comes to market. Given Nvidia’s history of high pricing it seems likely that the GTX Titan Ultra will come in at $1100, with the GTX Titan remaining at $1000 and the GTX Titan LE coming in at $700.
What are your thoughts on the new Titan based graphics cards? What do you think pricing will be like?
Origin PC are well known for making some of the best high end pre-built systems on the planet. That said it hasn’t taken them long to respond to the latest high-end PC fashion, which is the new 900D from Corsair. Origin PC is now offering the Corsair 900D in their Genesis desktop PCs.
The Genesis PC boasts the ability to run four Nvidia GTX Titans in SLI, have a i7 3970X at 5.2GHz, an ASUS Rampage IV Extreme, dual power supplies, 64GB of RAM, up to 9 hard drives and a whole bunch of other goodies. Obviously it goes without saying that these PCs will ruin most people’s wallets for a long time. There are much more affordable options based on cheaper cases, AMD FX processors or Intel Ivy Bridge processors but naturally these won’t bring you as much performance, prestige or virtual ego.
As you can see from the images Origin PC are offering a custom built water cooling loops on all these Genesis systems to help keep the system running cool and silent which is especially important when they overclock components so much and when you are paying so much to get one of these systems.
If you didn’t like the red colour scheme then you’ll be pleased to know Origin PC also offer customisable paint jobs and water cooling set-ups. You get what you pay for I guess as the Origin PC Genesis starts at a huge $1430. What are your thoughts on the latest revision to the Genesis PC?
Since we saw the images of Gigabyte’s custom-cooled GTX Titan Windforce 3X a few days ago, it is now becoming apparent that a lot more companies will be jumping on-board with custom cooled GTX Titan solutions and Inno3D is the latest company to do exactly that.
The Inno3D iChill GTX Titan features their triple fan HerculeZ 3000 cooling solution which is based off a triple 80mm PWM fan design. The shroud of the cooler is coloured orange and is most likely made from a hardened plastic. The internal heatsink uses five copper heatpipes, 6mm by the looks of things, and they make direct contact with the GPU core. The cooling design is not enclosed so air is exhausted mainly into the case not out the rear vents.
The rest of the graphics card uses a reference GTX Titan PCB but Inno3D have opted for a factory overclock of 927MHz, though the boost clock is still unknown. Memory is configured at the default 6008MHz.
The leaked image suggests that the NDA is lifted on May the 20th meaning this could be the golden date to watch out for when every Nvidia AIB partner releases their custom cooled GTX Titans.
What are your thoughts on the Inno3D version? Does the cooler look good? Or is the orange colour a bit brave?
When Nvidia released its GTX Titan we weren’t surprised to see that it came with the sophisticated and expensive reference Nvidia cooling solution similar to the one found on the GTX 690. This cooling solutions feature a solid metal shroud, perspex window over the heatsink and vapour chamber. However, the GTX Titan was different to the GTX 690 in that Nvidia was willing to allow AIB partners to come up with their own cooling solutions. Nvidia clearly put a time delay on these custom solutions because we haven’t actually seen any custom cooled solutions from Nvidia’s AIB partners yet. This is probably due to Nvidia wanting to shift its own GTX Titan inventory before it lets its AIB partners (Gigabyte, ASUS, MSI, etc) flood the market with theirs.
That said, it looks like those custom cooled solutions are finally coming to market now. As you can see from this picture, which eTeknix obtained from attending a Gigabyte press event, Gigabyte has prepared a Windforce 3X variant of the GTX Titan. The Windforce cooler is a very well known custom cooling solution found on most high-end Gigabyte graphics cards and it is recognised for its excellent performance and quiet acoustics. The 3X denotes that this particular model uses three fans, most likely 80 or 90mm fans – it is difficult to tell from the image. We can also see it boasts two dense aluminium heatsink stacks and copper heatpipes making direct contact with the GK110 GPU.
Gigabyte have opted for the stock black PCB and no backplate. Other information about the Gigabyte GTX Titan Windforce 3X graphics card is unknown but you can probably expect to see a healthy overclock and a pricepoint that is about $50 or £35 higher than the reference model.
We always see the big graphics card and motherboard vendors (ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte, EVGA, etc) trying to get one over on each other when it comes to breaking world records. The idea is by showing everyone they can break these records, you then associate them as the best in that particular market segment. Today it is ASUS who are proving themselves as top-dogs in the GTX Titan market by breaking four world records.
ASUS used their in-house overclocking experts Andre Yang and Shamino to break the 3D Mark 11 Performance, Extreme and Present scores as well as the best 3D Mark FireStrike score with 21818 marks. These scores were all posted using four overclocked GTX Titans with liquid nitrogen cooling in SLI on a Rampage IV Extreme with an Intel Core i7 3970X processor at 5.7GHz.
The results are indeed impressive and just go to reinforce the skill of the ASUS overclocking team as well as the durability and performance of the Rampage IV Extreme motherboard and Intel X79 platform. When it comes to the GTX Titans though, all the graphics cards currently on the market use the same design. We know there will be non-reference ones coming soon but we are not sure exactly when these will arrive. Until then it is safe to assume these records were broken on the standard reference GTX Titan graphics cards from Nvidia with ASUS branding. If the reality is otherwise different, then don’t expect to have to wait too long before ASUS show off this fact.
If you are interested in the screenshots then you can see those below. We want to know what do you think of this new world record from ASUS? Is it a good achievement? Or is it a bit gimmicky?
Nvidia’s GK110 based GTX Titan graphics card is clearly the fastest single GPU consumer graphics card available on the market as of today. The GTX Titan boasts about 25% more performance than the GTX 680, yet costs more than twice the price at $950-1000 compared to the GTX 680’s $450-500 price. This means that when it comes to getting value for money many people are going to completely ignore the GTX Titan in favour of a pair of much cheaper and better performing single GPU cards in SLI, such as two GTX 670s or GTX 680s. Consequently, Nvidia knows that the GTX Titan has a very small market and will probably sell very few units. Yet, Nvidia still wants to push the GK110 based graphics cards into the market before it makes the shift the next series Maxwell based GPUs.
So how is Nvidia going to shift more GK110 GPUs without lowering the price of the GTX Titan? Well it is going to create a new graphics card based on the GK110 GPU. This new graphics card will feature 13 out of 15 SMX units enabled, compared to the 14 out of 15 that the GTX Titan currently has. The specifications are rumoured to be the following:
2496 CUDA Cores
13 SMX Units
320 bit GDDR5 interface
So on the face of things this new GPU looks like it will only lose about 5-10% performance over its bigger sibling, the GTX Titan. We don’t yet know what it will be named but we assume it will probably be similar to the GTX Titan in that it won’t have a numerical value for its name. On the other hand, the GTX 685 or GTX 680Ti monikers are equally plausible options, a GTX 695 seems unlikely given this card will perform, and be priced lower than a GTX 690.
The expected price for this new graphics card is also unknown but given the huge gap between the $450 GTX 680 and $1000 GTX Titan, a price of $650-750 seems like a sensible estimation to fill that void. Availability estimates suggest we could see this new graphics card in July or August of this year (2013).
Do you think that releasing another GK110 card is a good idea? If you were put off by the price of the GTX Titan would you consider buying this instead? Let us know your thoughts.