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Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan First Look

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barny2767 21st February 2013, 16:59 Quote
You have to remember this chip sells for 3 times the price of the Titan in the Tesla cards so its understandable that Nvidia would put a high price on this card because they dont want to make many they just want to beat AMD.
Spreadie 21st February 2013, 18:03 Quote
OK seriously, wtf is going on at Bit? Four hours and counting?
Si_the-dude 21st February 2013, 18:21 Quote
Have any of you crazy cats pre-ordered one (or two/three) yet?

The way I look at it, if you have the money for a single card then you'd probably be better off getting a 690 - unless you're anti-SLI/X-Fire - or you're hell bent on getting a Titan. BUT if you were planning to buy a couple of 690's, then a couple of Titan's will perform much better (with the possible exception of those games where quad SLI scaling is actually decent) and is the better way to go. Of course, you're talking about nearly £2,000 but hey, we enthusiasts do crazy things sometimes :D
Waynio 21st February 2013, 18:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Spreadie
OK seriously, wtf is going on at Bit? Four hours and counting?

Hello :D
http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/2013/02/21/nvidia-geforce-gtx-titan-6gb-review/1

I don't know how long it was there but it wasn't at the top articles, was a few below. :)
YEHBABY 21st February 2013, 18:23 Quote
I'm waiting to buy a secondhand Titan off Simon for a dramatically reduced price :D
Baz 21st February 2013, 18:24 Quote
Not long is the answer - getting this done in time was a mammoth task, as we retested every card, including the multi-GPU results, on an all-new 4-way SLI and CrossFire compatible test rig.

We've also updated all the drivers to latest WHQL, improved the CPU to a 4.2GHZ 3570K, added 2,400MHZ memory and generally re-built our test rig from scratch.

Phew, I need a beer.
true_gamer 21st February 2013, 18:37 Quote
Sounds like a EPIC day there Baz! Enjoy your beer! :D

Would loved to have seen the triple 2560x1440 test, as I'm sure with the 6GB VRAM, the Titan in 3way SLI would knock the Ares II off the top spot. :)

@ Yehbaby - Not touching it, unless I too can get one for a bargain, but by that time Maxwell would have arrived, and the Titan II would have been released...:D
Shirty 21st February 2013, 18:39 Quote
Harry, thanks for all the hard work and new benchies we get to feast our eyes on. For future reference, a quick one liner to tell us all why the delay was going on would be sweet ;)
Pookeyhead 21st February 2013, 18:48 Quote
I think I'll skip this.... I'm waiting for Maxwell. There's nothing my dual 670s can't handle. I'd love to have a couple of these to show off in benchmarks, but even I wouldn't justify that as a reason to spend £1600.

Gonna be a long wait until Maxwell hits the ground. If these drop in price significantly... then maybe I will.
Baz 21st February 2013, 18:51 Quote
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Sounds like a EPIC day there Baz! Enjoy your beer! :D

Would loved to have seen the triple 2560x1440 test, as I'm sure with the 6GB VRAM, the Titan in 3way SLI would knock the Ares II off the top spot. :)

@ Yehbaby - Not touching it, unless I too can get one for a bargain, but by that time Maxwell would have arrived, and the Titan II would have been released...:D

I think I still have enough 2560 x 1440 panels for this.... if I have time I'll give it a go tomorrow.
Harlequin 21st February 2013, 19:00 Quote
BAZ! got any 7870LE cards knocking about? would LOVE to compare them in CF to this beast :D
true_gamer 21st February 2013, 19:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pookeyhead
I think I'll skip this.... I'm waiting for Maxwell. There's nothing my dual 670s can't handle. I'd love to have a couple of these to show off in benchmarks, but even I wouldn't justify that as a reason to spend £1600.

Gonna be a long wait until Maxwell hits the ground. If these drop in price significantly... then maybe I will.

Look at it this way, your GTX 670's was a good investment for them to last as long as they will. :)
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BAZ! got any 7870LE cards knocking about? would LOVE to compare them in CF to this beast :D

Give the guy a break...:D
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I think I still have enough 2560 x 1440 panels for this.... if I have time I'll give it a go tomorrow.

Sounds awesome, I really hope you can. ;)
Baz 21st February 2013, 19:03 Quote
The 7950 but not quite? We got a sample in but it had been round a few sites beforehand and had not survived :(
Baz 21st February 2013, 19:05 Quote
Got to get hold a waterblock for one of these badboys now; hopefully EK will be able to oblige before long.
true_gamer 21st February 2013, 19:09 Quote
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Got to get hold a waterblock for one of these badboys now; hopefully EK will be able to oblige before long.

I already got a email from EK, stating waterblocks for GTX Titan.

Clicky
PabloFunky 21st February 2013, 19:13 Quote
Nice, im not an ek fan, but nice to see there on the game.

I would like to see evgas version, as i cba to fit my own block on an £800 card.
maverik-sg1 21st February 2013, 19:15 Quote
It's just too expensive - is this a limited edition GPU? If it's not then the prices may become less astonishing in 2-3months.

Shame because, It ticks all my performance requirements yet is more expensive than the already ridiculously expensive multi gpu options (granted it won't need to rely on driver support to work properly)

Lets face it 2012/13 is the season of silly GPU prices and releases - remember that architectural designation of this gpu means it's the natural successor to the GTX580, by the same designation the GTX680 is actually a replacement for the mid-range GTX560 - both of which, due to a lack of real competition in the market, I can't help feeling ripped off because of this.

We know that AMD have already announced no 9000 series GPU's in 2013, how certain are we that we will not see a GTX780 in 2013?
Waynio 21st February 2013, 19:19 Quote
Nice but expensive GPU. :)

Good to see a waterblock is done already too. :D

2 670s will serve me for probably 2 straight years from now, maybe longer if I can resist whatever awesomeness comes along next year. :D
damien c 21st February 2013, 19:31 Quote
Was hoping for more performance from these, and whilst they do perform well the price for them just is far to high for what performance improvement you get over the likes, of a GTX 680 or 7970.

I will stick to my GTX 680 SLI setup and throw a block on them, overclock them to a nice stable speed until the 7 series comes along from Nvidia and 8 series from AMD and see how they compare.
Maki role 21st February 2013, 19:43 Quote
I'm just a bit confused at the choice of hardware used for the testing. Shouldn't you have gone with an x79 system into order to prevent any possible bandwidth issues when running the cards in SLI at the high resolutions you tested at?

I know the results aren't always going to be swayed that much, but if you're testing the top end cards, you shouldn't introduce an issue like that. Seems odd to wait all this time, only for a review whose numbers are questionable thanks to that reason.
maverik-sg1 21st February 2013, 21:17 Quote
@Maki - it's probably because there's about 0.05% of the PC population using x79 systems, the results in this test are closely aligned to what the other 99.95% are using.

I don't think PCI-E Gen2 was exactly saturated beforehand, the GTX690 ran perfectly well on it, so the test system with PCI-E Gen3 with 3 lanes at x8 should be plenty of bandwidth.

I concede the point you make is valid in an ultimate sense, but in the real world, it's not going to make a noticeable difference (1 or 2 fps max I'd say).

Just my 2c
Spreadie 21st February 2013, 21:40 Quote
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I tried overclocking my old Dell 30" to 61Hz and I lost my picture. I'm jealous!
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Sorry mate, guess it's luck of the draw...:D
Meh, no joy on my Dell 3007 either. Still, I hadn't considered custom resolutions before - could be handy to drop down to 2560x1440 if my GPU starts to struggle in some games in the future.
bigc90210 21st February 2013, 21:45 Quote
baby jesus seen 3 titans in sli








then wept
YEHBABY 21st February 2013, 21:49 Quote
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Meh, no joy on my Dell 3007 either. Still, I hadn't considered custom resolutions before - could be handy to drop down to 2560x1440 if my GPU starts to struggle in some games in the future.

I thought that if you did that the aspect ratio would be wrong e.g. stretched faces etc.

Don't you have to drop resolution so that it has the same aspect ratio?

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
theshadow2001 21st February 2013, 22:20 Quote
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I thought that if you did that the aspect ratio would be wrong e.g. stretched faces etc.

Don't you have to drop resolution so that it has the same aspect ratio?

Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

It may be possible to pillar box through the graphics drivers or monitor (although I'm not cetain)
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