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NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Performance Review and Frame Rating Update

Author: Ryan Shrout
Manufacturer: NVIDIA

New EVGA Precision X and Overclocking

Along with the GTX TITAN release and the new GPU Boost 2.0 technology, NVIDIA has changed and added to the API that allows AICs like EVGA, MSI and ASUS to change and modify settings on the graphics cards.  Most of the interface will look the same but there are couple of new changes.

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First you'll now encounter two new "targets" for overclocking and underclocking, tied to power and temperature.  The power target is the same as we saw with the GTX 600 cards but the temperature setting will adjust the target temperature.  You can also set the priority for targeting between the two target options to give preference to one or the other. 

GPU clock offset and memory clock offset work as you would expect - changing the base clock and boost clocks above the reference speeds.  While we haven't spent much time overclocking our units yet I have seen 100-150 MHz results from several sources on the GPU clock boost which is pretty impressive. 

Obviously that would mean higher temps and a louder fan, but if you are overclocking your $999 GPU you are probably ready for that.

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And, don't forget, a return of the ability to increase the voltage through software on the GTX TITAN.  I did ask NVIDIA if we might see this return to the current GTX 600-series cards on the market...sorry, won't be happening!

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After you change your offsets and maybe move the temperature target, you'll want to head into the fan curve settings of Precision X and play around with the settings.  Here you can easily set targets for fan speeds at specific temps; I don't think a couple of presets to choose from and start with would be nice to have. 

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This is just a quick example of an overclocked result by bumping up the temp target from 80C to 88C.  Our TITAN is running at 992 MHz, a 116 MHz increase over the typical boost clock advertised by NVIDIA! 

I'll have some more overclocking results (in addition to monitor overclocking tests) later so keep an eye on the home page!

February 25, 2013 | 07:21 AM - Posted by Elvis (not verified)

Great Article. Nice to see original thought and work in a tech Blog (instead of more useless fps number) .
The Titan has impressive performance, too bad the price is outta my reach :'(
BTW Anyone else notice that 7970GE is starting to kick 680 butt. AMD driver team is on a roll! However CF looks bad and they need to correct it, seeing as they have no single chip competitor to Titan.
@Ryan : To make things interesting, why not benchmark some games which are not as "popular", i.e driver optimized.
Also, in my (humble?) opinion your articles would be more professional(better) if you avoided superlatives and words like beast (so clichéd). They make refutation of bias harder.
Once again, great work.

February 25, 2013 | 07:24 AM - Posted by Elvis (not verified)

@Ryan could you please block the ip of the rabid fan-atic. Really spoils the whole comments section...
@Anonymous : obvious troll. Not gonna bother replying. Sod off!

February 25, 2013 | 07:44 AM - Posted by Trey Long (not verified)

This business of runt frames significantly padding Crossfire's fps numbers is a huge story in the GPU world. There needs to be a major effort to expose the truth of this, whatever it is.

February 25, 2013 | 02:56 PM - Posted by Epoq (not verified)

I agree wholeheartedly. If this is true in it's entirety it would destroy AMD's credibility in the multi-GPU realm. Before this, most people were in agreeance that for high res and multi-display configurations, AMD is the way to go. This would change everything.

March 2, 2013 | 03:19 AM - Posted by Max Klar (not verified)

I doubt that the new 3dMark is reliable. Maybe it's just created to boost Titan.
I did the benchies with GTX680SLI/i7-3930K/X79. In 3dMark11 I get about nearly P16000 @stock and +P18000 occed.
But in Firestrike:
GTX680 single: 6300
GTX680SLI: 4200 (!)

And it's not only my system, you can find these biased or faulty results easily.

So the 3dMark benchmark is a joke at the actual state and should not be used in a professional environment.

March 2, 2013 | 10:06 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Little bumed with your test???? this is a 2d surround card I am running 3 evga 680`s sc at 6000×1200 please let's see the real meat and potatoes people buying this card ( me) want to see ....well let's say three 680`s at 6000×1200 and two titans sli at same res that I think is all that really matters here rite? the 680 only having 2gb men must fail hard against two Titans with its 6gb the titan card is very specifically a hi-res surround gaming card I know you need to test everything but I think you should have started the other way around IMO..

March 3, 2013 | 12:02 PM - Posted by KansasCityTom (not verified)

I just spent a little over $1100 on 3 x 7970's and against my friends new Titan, I basically walk over him in all benchmarks.

March 4, 2013 | 04:55 PM - Posted by Trey Long (not verified)

Except that Crossfire is a sham. You get no better performance than one card. Read the article before spouting. And Tech Report and Hardocp. Runt frames a real disaster for Crossfire as they can be seen, measured, and exposed, unlike the fraps number which includes totally degraded frames in their fps number you rely on. Latencies have long been an issue with AMD cards and this clarifies in Crossfire.

April 2, 2013 | 10:49 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Great work Ryan keep up the great work...by the way how do we support your site make donations !!!!! p.s I'm loving my tri sli titans this is the card I have been waiting for my hole life... been builbing systems starting back in the voodoo days finally 6000×1200 plays like butter nvidia is really something eh!!

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