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ASUS GeForce GTX Titan: Unboxing, Review and Benchmarks

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With the release of the Kepler architecture in March of 2012, NVIDIA has sought to increase the performance per watt value of its line up. As Nvidia states, “the new SMX streaming multiprocessor is twice as efficient as the prior generation and the new geometry engine draws triangles twice as fast.” When the GTX 680 was announced, it was the fastest single GPU card available on the market. With competition heating up, Nvidia decided it was time to unleash its top-secret benchmark killer.

Hence came the GTX Titan. With the GTX 680 sitting comfortably at the top of its Single-GPU lineup for over a year, it was time to bring a new beast to the market. Featuring the GK110 GPU which was previously reserved for NVIDIA’s Tesla cards, the GTX Titan’s transistor count has doubled as compared to the previous GTX 680, going from 3.5 billion transistors to 7.1 billion transistors. The stream processors have also increased from 1,536 to 2,688. One of the biggest changes in the GTX Titan, however, is the addition of 4 GB GDDR5 memory adding up to a total of 6 GB of memory.

Measuring at 10.5 by 4.4 inches, the GTX Titan’s TDP of 250 watts is roughly 28% more than that of the GTX 680. Powering this beast requires one eight-pin cable and one six-pin cable. NVIDIA’s minimum requirement is that a 600w power supply is used to power a single Titan.

Matching the raw power of the GTX Titan, the aesthetics of the card make it one of the best looking cards available on the market today. Introduced in the 500 series, the Titan is cooled by a vapor-chamber cooling system with an 80mm fan blowing air through the heatsink. The green LED lit GEFORCE logo on the side and the clear window on the top of the card also provide a high-end appeal to the card.

All in all, the GTX Titan is a beast of a card that is only surpassed by multiple GPU solutions. With its 2,688 CUDA cores and 6 GB of RAM, the GTX Titan is a viable solution for those looking to crush benchmarks and annihilate the competition in max detail without forfeiting frame rates.


Base Clock     837MHz
Boost Clock     8762MHz
Memory     6GB GDDR5
Stream Processors     2688
Memory Clock     6008MHz
Memory Bandwidth     288.4 GB/s
Transistors     7.1B
Manufacturing Process     28nm

The Card


On the bottom of the card you can see 12 of the 24 GDDR5 memory chips that make up the 6GB total VRAM of the GTX Titan.


On the right side of the card there is a LED lit green GEFORCE GTX logo that lights up when the computer is powered on. You can also see the 6-pin and 8-pin connectors that are needed to power the card.

Heatsink Removed

Once you remove the heatsink from the card, you can truely see the engineering masterpiece that is the GTX Titan.


With the heatsink removed, one can truely admire all the thought that went into creating the card. Even in its bare form, the GTX Titan is a thing of beauty.


Lying at the heart of the GTX Titan, the GK110 GPU sits quietly waiting for the user to unleash its potential.



The GTX Titan is designed to run at 78° Celsius . The GPU Boost technology will automatically adjust the boost clock so that they graphics card does not get too hot.

Graphics Tests

Bioshock Infinite

We chose to use Bioshock Infinite to test the video card due to its magnificient visual qualities and the fact that it is one of the most popluar PC games out at the moment. This will allow us to get an accurate benchmark of how the card will perform in real life scenarios. We tested the ASUS GTX Titan and the other graphics cards using the built-in benchmark tool under the 1920x1080 resolution with ultra graphics and DDOF enabled. The same settings were used when testing on the 5760x1080 resolution.

In our 1080p test, the GTX Titan was able to complete the test with an average of 104.2 frames per second. This makes it the fastest single GPU graphics card currently available on the market. It is only outperformed by the Dual-GPU GTX 690 and Radeon 7990.

When using our triple monitor 5760x1080p setup, the GTX Titan again was the fastest single GPU graphics card. It finished with an average fps of 41.8 while the GTX 690 had an average of 47.9 frames per second.

Heaven 4.0

Widely used to test the capability of a GPU, Heaven benchmark puts maximum stress on the GPU allowing you to check stability issues and real time performance of the card. It also generates real-time in game video that gives the user an accurate reading of the cards capability. The settings that we used to test the cards were as follows: 1920x1080p Full Screen, 4x Multisample Anti-Aliasing, and Normal Tessellation. The same settings were used when testing on the 5760x1080 resolution.

The GTX Titan was able to finish the benchmark with an average of 84.4 frames per second on the 1080p resolution. When tested at 5760x1080p, the GTX Titan finished with an average of 34.2 frames per second making it possible to game smoothly on max settings in most games.

3DMark Fire Strike Extreme

3DMark Fire Strike offers extensive features and unbiased results by testing the full potential of DirectX 11 hardware. It is considered to be the best option out there when trying to find out the power of one’s computer as it tests both the graphics and physics capabilities of a GPU.

The GTX Titan performed almost identically to the dual-GPU GTX 690 with a score of 4,756. When compared to the GTX 780, the GTX Titan was much smoother during the benchmark.

Compute Tests

CLBenchmark 1.1.2

CLBenchmark is a high-performance compute benchmark tool that allows you to test the CL capabilities of a GPU.

    Physics Fluid Simulation

The fluid simulation tests the physics capability of the graphics card. The test consists of 32,000 particles that are testing using Marching Cubes implementation.

    Vision Optical Flow - Hydrangea

The optical flow test calculates the motion of an image by comparing the input of multiple images. The motion vectors are depicted in a color space which is then overlaid the input images to track the motion.


Raytracing is the method in which a path of waves or particles are tracked. Raytracing is widely used in the processing of special effects of movies and real-time rendering in video games.

It has been widely known that AMD graphics cards perform much better than NVIDIA graphics cards in OpenCL situations. If you are going to be using programs that utilize OpenCL, NVIDIA reccoments that you use their Tesla or Quadro computing cards. However, programs such as the Adobe suite utilize CUDA cores more effeciently.

LuxMark 2.0

LuxMark is a 100% OpenCL accelerated ray tracer program that tests the abilities of the GPU. The ability of harnessing the GPU's power allows artist to render images and movies much faster.

Same as in the previous test, the GCN architecture of the Radeon 7990 is better suited for programs that are only utilizing OpenCL and don't fully utilized CUDA.


The GTX Titan is the fastest single-GPU card currently available out on the market. With many games still lagging behind in multi-GPU support, the GTX Titan with its 6GB of memory makes it the best choice for those looking for the best of the best. Putting the GTX Titan in a small form-factor chassis such as the BOLT will give you the best of both worlds: power & portability. Overall, the NVIDIA GTX Titan is sure to last you for more than a few generations.

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