NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Video Card Review

NVIDIA is launching a TITAN today, literally, the new GeForce GTX TITAN video card is here, and we have a lot to talk about. We test single-GPU and 2-way SLI today, with more to follow later. We will find out if this TITAN of a video card really is worth it, and just who this video card is designed for. Be prepared to face the fastest single-GPU video card.

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Evaluation Method

We evaluate what each video card configuration can supply us in terms of a playable gaming experience while supplying the best culmination of resolution and "eye candy" graphical settings. We focus on quality and immersion of the gameplay experience rather than how many frames per second the card can get in a canned benchmark or prerecorded timedemo situation that often do not represent real gameplay like you would experience at home. Then we will follow with apples-to-apples testing in with minimum, maximum, and average framerates.

Test System Setup

We will be using an ASUS P8Z77 WS motherboard. This motherboard supports PCIe 3.0 spec. For the CPU we used an Intel i7 3770K at 4.8GHz. The RAM is 8GB at 1600MHz.

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For the GeForce GTX TITAN NVIDIA provided us with ForceWare 314.09 Beta driver. This driver only works on the GeForce GTX TITAN.

For the GeForce GTX 680 we are using the newly released ForceWare 314.07 WHQL driver.

For the AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition we are using the newly released Catalyst 13.2 Beta 6.

We will be splitting each page up, the first part is single-GPU comparisons, the second part is 2-way SLI comparisons. Due to time, we weren't able to get Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition CrossFire comparisons into the evaluation. In our follow-up, we will not only include that performance comparison, but a full 3-way SLI / CrossFire comparison plus more overclocking.