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EVGA at Computex: Prototype mechanical keyboard, a few GTX Titan Z designs

By Scorpus · 19 replies
Jun 6, 2014
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  1. I stopped by EVGA's suite at Computex 2014, and the company had a few things on show that I found interesting. Pictured above is a prototype mechanical keyboard the company has been working on, featuring Cherry MX keyswitches and carbon...

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,041   +793

    In all seriousness though, who is actually going to buy a Titan Z when you can get 2 Titan Blacks for considerably less? I guess if your tight for space but that's a lot of money just to keep to a single slot design...
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,454   +1,733

    And I don't understand how is it saving space with Titan Z in any way when it's official design takes up 3 slots because of its width, which is about the same as installing 2 Titan Blacks?

    The only justification for this card is with games that do not support SLI well, but those aren't worth the price difference, to begin with.
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,041   +793

    I was under the impression you still need SLI profiles for duel GPU cards?

    You're right, 3 Slots isn't really space saving either, although some cases are tiny and support the 3 slot design, like the NCASE M1 for example, But still, this is a serious amount of money to put down for such a small case.
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  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,448   +145

    Who's going to get a titan black when you can get _______ for considerably less?
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 7,986   +2,878

    Isn't the... ahem "ZEE"... dual GPU? If it is, wouldn't it work as two cards would in SLI? If that's the case and games that aren't particularly SLI friendly, wouldn't you still have wasted $3K on a graphics card.
    That said, who in their right mind would ever consider that card anyway at that price only to find it obsolete by lunchtime tomorrow?
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,454   +1,733

    No, not quite. For games with poor SLI support a single-slot card will be much better.
    Whoever got huge pockets, like I do, except mine are empty :)
    I can see some videos on YouTube showing off 4-way SLI, that's 4 Titan-Z together. I don't know what kind of board it takes, but 12k for video cards is insane anyway you look at it...
  8. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,262

    If it's SLI, then a maximum of four GPUs are supported - so, that would be four GTX Titan/Titan Black boards (Titan Z also only has a single SLI finger). Running four Titan Z's together wouldn't be a problem - excepting chassis and PSU limitations, but you'd be looking at an app that doesn't leverage SLI - Octane for example.
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  9. Their sales director was smoking the Magic Dragon when he came up with the $3,000 sales figure for the Titan Z...must have been some darn good stuff... :s
  10. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,357   +1,516

    Unless its a single graphics card that uses SLI which is the case with the Titan Z.
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  11. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,041   +793

    I don't like normally arguing but I'm pretty certain Titan Z being a duel GPU card would still require SLI profiles to work properly, therefore if a game wasn't SLI friendly you'd only get half the cards processing power or in other terms, a single GPU, which would be equal to a Titan Black.
    I'm pretty certain this has been the case with all Duel GPU cards since they were invented.

    I could be wrong but I'm 99.9% certain that's the case here. Which if I'm right, makes this card all the more pointless.
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  12. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,357   +1,516

    That is 100% correct. From a gamers perspective the Titan Z is a pair of GTX 780 Ti cards on a single PCB with at least a 20% reduction in clock frequency per core. SLI is required otherwise only one GPU will work. Amazingly Nvidia has managed to make the Titan Z even worse than the GTX 690 was in terms of value ;)
  13. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,041   +793

    In the UK this is the current prices:

    780Ti - £480
    Titan Black - £740
    Titan Z - £2315

    I literally do not understand how Nvidia think they will sell the Z for it's current price! Considering I can get 2 titan blacks fro much less money!
  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,169   +3,261

    My question would be, is the Titan Z a better compute solution than 5 780Ti's? That is quite an expense just to compact all the compute power into only one card.
  15. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,041   +793

    Nope, 2 Titan Blacks are higher clocked so I would assume they would have more Compute power than a Titan Z, This is why I can't believe Nvidia is actually pricing it so badly. I hope no one buys it so they lower the price to something that at least makes sense, like around the £1600 mark.

    For comparison:
    2x Titan Blacks - £1480 (more powerful setup than a single Titan Z)
    2x 780Ti - £960 (less powerful compute wise but for gaming, you'd be hard pushed to find a difference unless gaming in 4K resolutions).

    1x Titan Z - £2315

    Nvidia must be mad!
  16. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 376   +50

    Can Titan Blacks still be had? I haven't seen them for sale anywhere.
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2014
  17. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,041   +793

  18. DKRON

    DKRON TS Guru Posts: 568   +25

    The titan Z's were designed originally as GPU's for supercomputers not for gaming, this is why they are slower then the 295x2 and more expensive because they are so much cheaper then any setup supercomputers use now, they are more in direct competition with AMD's firepower pro cards which are similar price. They just happened to be able to play games unlike the firepower or quadro cards but they can be used for the same purpose
  19. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,357   +1,516

    That's all true but it doesn't change the fact that the Titan Black was $1000 and the Z is $3000.
  20. DKRON

    DKRON TS Guru Posts: 568   +25

    know one complains about Quadro or Firepower cards being expensive?
    Also kinda off topic while I have your attention, is anyone going to do a review of a 3440X1440 UltraWide QHD display sometime? Would love to see the difference between that and 4k performance wise
  21. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,357   +1,516

    Well I am sure they do but that is a poor example that doesn't apply here. If you could get Quadro or Firepower performance for half the price using X card then maybe this example applies but for now it doesn't.

    Not from me.

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