Nvidia GeForce Titan: supercomputer GPU power for the 1%

By Julio Franco
Feb 19, 2013
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  1. Look mom, I can now run my game at 300fps instead of 80fps. The irony? By the time an owner of this card is seeing games that challenge it, we buy a better card than this for less money.
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  2. Littleczr

    Littleczr TechSpot Booster Posts: 368   +68

    If you have a display panel higher then 1080p with all the graphics features turned on, this card will meet its match. If your just a regualr 23 inch monitor 1080p user this card is not for you.
  3. cmbjive

    cmbjive TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 491   +82

    I'm glad that people who are in the 1% of tax refund recipients are getting this card. I, on the other hand, am in the 99% of taxpayers who need to pay Uncle Sam. I hope your cards blow up in your PCs and melt your motherboards to the casing.

    I'm not jealous, really I'm not.
  4. TS-56336

    TS-56336 TechSpot Booster Posts: 571   +98

    That price... I don't know what they were thinking, to be honest.

    AMD really has a chance now to come strong in 1 month. We'll see.
  5. Pay on that 1000$ titan which costs same as gtx 690(1000$) still way underperforms...ares 7990 is 1300$-1500$ and 20% faster than 690 and 40-50% than titan....look at nvi outrageous pricing again and again and marketing hype as always
  6. Titan my ***....overpriced arse
  7. mevans336

    mevans336 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 163   +11

    Two 660 Ti's will demolish your single 670.
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  8. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TechSpot Booster Posts: 325   +46

    It's called "Titan" because the GPU is based off the 18,000 GPU's that were used in the recent Titan Super computer, the most powerful super computer in the world, and prob for awhile, unless IBM gets to quantum computing anytime soon.
    mevans336 likes this.
  9. Littleczr

    Littleczr TechSpot Booster Posts: 368   +68

    You got your figures all wrong. If you need to pay uncle Sam you make way more money then me. If uncle Sam pays you money at the end of the year it means you make < 35k a year. Which should be around 17% of americans.
  10. spydercanopus

    spydercanopus TechSpot Guru Posts: 802   +87

    If it can play Crysis 3 maxed out at 2560x1600, I'm in for it. Still running a 480 and it seems to do ok until DX11 is flipped on.
  11. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,489   +302

    I've been using a GTX285 for a couple of months, that card was expensive has hell when it came out but my god does it still run most of todays games pretty damn fine! of course though, DX10 is its limitation but they still look pretty impressive.

    I would be up for shelling out money for this beast!
     
  12. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 212   +26

    With full double-precision compute performance, I think this is aimed more at people who want Tesla-like compute performance without spending in excess of $2,500.00 US. In my opinion, this is a card more appropriate for a low-cost CAD/CAE workstation. More and more CAD/CAE programs, such as SolidWorks and Maple, are integrating GPGPU support into their packages.

    As to why this card at this price point is coming out at all, I think nVidia is realizing that people are balking at paying the "big bucks" for Tesla's. Still, had this card been available when I was building my last machine, I would not have bought it. It is far too pricy, at this point, for me. Even though 680s were available, I bought a 580 instead due to the fact that the double-precision compute performance on the 680s is dismal at best in comparison the the 580 DP compute performance.
  13. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 825   +211

    We need a user called 'Captain Obvious' to like comments of this nature so when we get these ridiculous unrelated posts like the one quoted, it will say "Captain Obvious likes this".
    LNCPapa and cliffordcooley like this.
  14. cmbjive

    cmbjive TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 491   +82

    You're making an assumption about how much I make. My entire household income for 2012 is $61,000 and because I don't own a home (the primary reason to itemize deductions) I have to take the standard deduction for married filing jointly. I am paying on a student loan so I can claim the interest but I am out of school so I don't get any education deductions. I made too much money to qualify for the Earned Income Credit and after all deductions and exemptions I owe Uncle Sam $235.

    People have been awashed with class warfare for such a long time that they forget about the intricacies of taxation. It isn't just the 1% that are paying taxes.
  15. Per Hansson

    Per Hansson TS Server Guru Posts: 1,930   +123 Staff Member

    Not a single "but can it play Crysis" comment yet
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  16. EXCellR8

    EXCellR8 The Conservative Posts: 2,278

    I think more people should just do what I do and save themselves the grief...

    buy used.

    Seriously, I bought a 3 month old HD7970 for $250, a card that still goes for $400-$500 new. Nothing wrong with it, terrific performance Crysis 3 blah blah blah. I don't play the "who's got the shiniest, fastest and soon to be bested graphics card" game anymore. I look at my desired performance window, and then seek out a preowned unit for nowhere near retail price.

    Looking back I haven't bought a brand new graphics card in probably 5 years.
  17. XB99Z

    XB99Z Newcomer, in training

    What a waste of time and money. An overclocked 670 outperforms a 680 even a moderately overclocked 680. Two of them are better than a 690 and MUCH cheaper. All you really pay for here is the 6GB of VRAM. PC games are so badly made now, they are worthless console ports, if PC gaming wasn't such a joke and the card was 300-400 dollars cheaper then sure but over $900 for what..nothing........a fool and his money...........
  18. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TechSpot Booster Posts: 325   +46

    For a single monitor or tv running in 1080p, yes this is over kill, hell, a 670 or 7950 is still a bit too much for that resolution. But a lot of gamers have been going to multi-monitor gaming setups or high resolutions monitors at 1440p or 1600p. At extremely high resolutions they need this much horse power when they power 3 monitors at 2560 x 1600 each.
  19. mevans336

    mevans336 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 163   +11

    Captain Obvious has now liked my post.

    Would you care to explain how my post was unrelated? It seems to me you were stating that your 670 was somehow superior to a 660 Ti SLI setup?
  20. mevans336

    mevans336 TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 163   +11

    If you want the game to look as good as possible, a 670 or 7950 really aren't. If you want to crank anti-aliasing all the way up at 1080p and maintain 60fps - you need a 680, 7970, or SLI. In some cases (like Crysis 3) a Titan can't even provide the performance.

    IMHO, I think the Titan is about one-upping AMD on the compute front and nothing more. Mainstream Kepler can't compete with AMD's GCN in compute, so they release Titan ... which is a fully unrestricted Kepler.
  21. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 825   +211

    If you look at benchmark results a 7950 and 670 just about max everything or close to it at 1920 X 1080. 1080p is small chips. There might be a few cases like Crysis 3 but that game makes any GPU work hard. If you need SLi for playing at a measly 1080p then your cards are weak. 670's and 7950's effortlessy overclock to be as fast, sometimes faster then a 680/7970 so that comment doesn't hold any water. Even in stock vs stock form they are only 5-15 FPS behind anyways.
    If you look at the review on this site about bargain eyefinity, you will see SLi GTX660Ti's beating a 680/7970 by only 5-15FPS in many games. Thats pitiful, my 670 Windforce 3X is faster then a stock 680/7970.
    My 670 plays Crysis 2 @ 1600p 4X/4X PhysX+DX11+Highres Textures on very high locked at 60 FPS(Ultra and Extreme textures push me into the 30's), and will completely max out games like BF3 and Borderlands 2 @ 1600p locked at 60FPS.
  22. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,808   +642

    ^^^^ You would need to define "completely max". Full screen antialiasing tends to take a toll on any card- the sheer size of the render is enough to saturate the framebuffer and internal bandwidth of pretty much any card.
    Note the Super sampling benchmarks:
    Alan Wake (DX9)
    The Witcher (DX9)
    Far Cry 3 (DX11)
    Even multi sampling can provide less than satisfactory framerates- Hitman Absolution being a prime example ( here and here ), and with gaming devs now looking at the everything-including-the-kitchen-sink approach to post process effects, I'd doubt that upcoming games such as Metro: Last Light for example are going to reverse the trend of shrinking framerate under fully maxed conditions.
  23. If this is 1% power of supercomputer Titan, then they should upgrade the the supercomputer with a 100 of these instead of the 18000 gfx cards at the moment


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