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Nvidia GTX Titan Black launched, set to be new performance king

Nvidia GTX Titan Black launched, set to be new performance king

The Nvidia GTX Titan Black is set to be the fastest single-GPU card available.

Nvidia has announced the Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black, an updated version of its flagship card, which should again put the Titan name at the top of the single-GPU performance charts.

The new graphics card uses an overclocked version of the same Kepler GPU as in the GTX 780 Ti and backs it up with 6GB of GDDR5 memory. It's this large amount of memory combined with full-speed double-precision calculations that marks this card out as, like the original Titan before it, more of a low-cost alternative to a professional Tesla card, rather than simply a fast gaming card.

That said, whereas the original Titan has since been superseded for gaming performance by the GTX 780 Ti, the Titan Black should also be the fastest card for that use too.

At the heart of the Titan Black is the same Kepler GK110 GPU as in the GTX Titan, GTX 780 and GTX 780 Ti, but here it is fully enabled and overclocked too. This means it contains 5 Graphics Processing Clusters (GPCs) each with a full compliment of three Streaming Multiprocessors (SMX) for a total of 2,880 CUDA Cores, and it runs at 889MHz. The original Titan is missing one SMX so has only 2,688 CUDA Cores and runs at 826MHz. The GTX 780 Ti also has 15 SMX and 2,880 CUDA Cores but runs slightly slower, at 876MHz, and has greatly reduced double-precision processing speed.

Nvidia states the Titan Black will have single-precision performance of 5.1 TeraFlops and double-precision performance of 1.3 Tera Flops. This compares to 4.5 TeraFlops and 1.3 TeraFlops for the GTX Titan and 5 TeraFlops and 210 GigaFlops for the GTX 780 Ti. Nvidia reduces the double-precision speed of its non-Titan cards in the driver, making them run at 1/8 of what they're capable of.

Other specs include a boost clock speed of 980MHz and memory speed of 7.0Gbps. The boost clock is an increase over both the GTX Titan and the GTX 780 Ti, though the memory speed is only an increase over the original Titan, with the GTX 780 Ti already employing 7.0Gbps memory.

Externally the GTX Titan Black will appear identical to all of the above cards with the same silver and black cooler with its clear window over the heatsink. It will also use one 6-pin and one 8-pin power power connector, as its 250W TDP is the same as the the other GK110 cards. Video outputs will consist of 2 x DL-DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort 1.2.

The Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black is available immediately and is priced similarly to the existing GTX Titan at around £800. It will also replace the old card so there's the potential for picking up a bargain as old stock is sold off.

A review sample of the Zotac GTX Titan Black has just landed in our offices so expect a review in the coming days.

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GiantKiwi 18th February 2014, 14:09 Quote
Why did they even bother releasing this?
Maki role 18th February 2014, 14:12 Quote
Hmm wonder if this will drive Titan prices down a little (second hand sales that is)? Would be good to pick up another one or two if decently priced.
RedFlames 18th February 2014, 14:20 Quote
So what do y'all reckon the price will be?

Soul?, Spare internal organs? Arm, Leg and first-born? All of the above?

[yes.. I know the article says £800...]
Dogbert666 18th February 2014, 14:27 Quote
They released it probably just to fix the issue of 780 Ti being faster than Titan despite being less expensive. That's not in any way to say that Titan will be a good value gaming card, it just puts it back on top.
damien c 18th February 2014, 14:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by RedFlames
So what do y'all reckon the price will be?

Soul?, Spare internal organs? Arm, Leg and first-born? All of the above?

[yes.. I know the article says £800...]

Scan have them up for £785 which wouldn't seem to bad but you are paying a extra £261 for the extra 3Gb of Vram and to have the double-precision speed not held back by the drivers, by the looks of it compared to the 780Ti.

I wonder if someone has managed to ungimp the double-precision speed in the 780Ti's?

Overall I would say it's not worth it you would be better off with a 780Ti or a R9 290X.
B1GBUD 18th February 2014, 14:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article
Nvidia reduces the double-precision speed of its non-Titan cards in the driver, making them run at 1/8 of what they're capable of.

Wait.... what??!?!
loftie 18th February 2014, 15:10 Quote
Was expecting it to be more black tbh.
IvanIvanovich 18th February 2014, 15:18 Quote
Yes it's long been known that nvidia has been crippling the opengl and double precision performance on geforce line to force professional/industrial user into buying much costlier quadro/tesla cards instead. It is possible to turn geforce into equivalent quadro/tesla cards with a bit of hacking. Latest gens require a hardware modification to resistor values, where as older cards it was possible to do it with much simpler manipulation of vbios hardware strap.
I'm not sure if this is a great value for gamers, but it would be a good value for those that might be looking at quadro/tesla products since it is not as crippled in the usual way.
Pete J 18th February 2014, 18:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by GiantKiwi
Why did they even bother releasing this?
Why bother releasing anything, eh?
r3loaded 18th February 2014, 19:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by GiantKiwi
Why did they even bother releasing this?
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It's this large amount of memory combined with full-speed double-precision calculations that marks this card out as, like the original Titan before it, more of a low-cost alternative to a professional Tesla card, rather than simply a fast gaming card.

It's a cheap Tesla aimed at pros who may also want to game instead of HPC servers.
andrew8200m 18th February 2014, 19:21 Quote
I wonder if the 780ti will flash to this despite the reduction in VRAM... Could open up the crippling performance on the double precision processing performance...

Who wants to potentially brick a card? :D
Si_the-dude 18th February 2014, 21:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by andrew8200m
I wonder if the 780ti will flash to this despite the reduction in VRAM... Could open up the crippling performance on the double precision processing performance...

Who wants to potentially brick a card? :D

I was thinking about this earlier! Are you volunteering Andy!? :D
Spreadie 18th February 2014, 22:33 Quote
I bet the previous Titan owners will flock to buy this card. I mean, it's not like nvidia will stitch them up by releasing a much cheaper card with similar performance, is it?
Teelzebub 18th February 2014, 22:41 Quote
Must buy 4
theshadow2001 18th February 2014, 22:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by GiantKiwi
Why did they even bother releasing this?

To make money!

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rollo 19th February 2014, 00:09 Quote
Plenty of people brought the orginal titan in the 2s and 3s even on this forum there was a few owners of the cards. However much it costs some people will pay for the max performance they can get.

6gb vram could also come in useful at 4k resolution perhaps.
Maki role 19th February 2014, 00:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by rollo

6gb vram could also come in useful at 4k resolution perhaps.

Having 6GB of VRAM is very useful for CUDA rendering. To grab that from a workstation card you're looking at some serious money, without any performance gains either (except for viewport performance which the professional card will excel at).
GiantKiwi 19th February 2014, 03:47 Quote
I get the idea of the Titan in general as I bought 2 of the originals for rendering boxes whilst at uni. But this particular iteration, there is such a minimal advantage to these for that aspect of things that this is a completely pointless release.
Dogbert666 19th February 2014, 11:17 Quote
It's a simple, no fuss release designed to make the current product stack make a bit more sense - if you're going to have an £800 card in your range it had better at least be faster than the one below it. It's now the best consumer (if you can still call £800 consumer level) card for gaming AND compute.

When Titan came out, Nvidia made a massive deal of it and e-peen swinging was in full.. swing.. - "look what our Kepler architecture can *really* do!" etc. But now, it hasn't even bothered with sampling it. At the press event for GTX 750 Ti it almost forgot to mention Titan Black's existence at all. We're taking a look at it simply because we're enthusiasts and if a new fastest card comes out we damn well want to see what it can do. But I could practically write the review without even seeing it. Nvidia is well aware that it's not a card for most enthusiasts - it's something like only half of Titan's bought were ever used for gaming. It's also certainly not a card to get if you already have a Titan or three. It simply realigns the product stack.
sakzzz 19th February 2014, 12:27 Quote
How much of an "enthusiast" does one have to be to buy £800 cards ! My whole system cost that amount.. :/
siliconfanatic 22nd February 2014, 05:38 Quote
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Originally Posted by sakzzz
How much of an "enthusiast" does one have to be to buy £800 cards ! My whole system cost that amount.. :/


The rich, and occasionally stoned/drunk/stupid enthusiast. Or one who wants to game at 4k with 3 monitors...Which i wouldn't doubt this being capable of whilst in sli with a few of it's brethren...

Nonetheless, when I saw this...
http://imageshack.com/a/img811/7175/w45.gif

And simultaneously, on the impulsive, NEED MOAR POWER side of my brain, it went
http://imageshack.com/a/img138/4187/c4u0.gif

Seriously, I can't help if nVidia will ever tire of this endless core rehashing...:| It's not like they can do much more for their high-end cards 'till 28nm. Other than crank up the amount of ram, which is beyond pointless and stupid. They can only release lower end cards and let Asus, msi etc tinker until 28nm finally is ready.
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