The new card is built around a GK110 GPU, which has been previously reserved for their high-end Tesla K20X workstation compute cards. Bringing the GPU over from one lineup to the other allows NVIDIA to do a little double-dipping, and save on the substantial money and engineering time that goes into creating another GeForce flagship board.
Inside of the GPU, the new GTX Titan brings 2688 CUDA cores, running at a base clock of 837 MHz. Like some prior generations, the Titan features NVIDIA’s boost clock technology, which can upclock the GPU (depending on various factors) to 876 MHz. For those interested in the raw compute capability of the card, it can manage 4.5 TFLOPs of single precision performance, and 1.3 TFLOPs of double precision performance.
For being so powerful, the Titan is reasonably efficient, hitting a TDP of 250W. It uses one 6-pin and one 8-pin connector for power. Speaking of connectors, each card can offer two dual-link DVI ports, as well as one HDMI and one DisplayPort 1.2. The card ships with 6GB of GDDR5 memory, sitting on a 384-bit interface.
There is likely to be an ASUS branded version with even higher clocks – and a higher price point.
For your hard-earned dollar, NVIDIA claims you get get nearly 50% superior performance in Crysis 2 over AMD’s Radeon 7970. That lead continues, with 23% better performance in Hitman, 35% better performance in Battlefield 3, and a spiffy 43% faster framerate in Far Cry 3.
Given the extreme price increase over competing options, it’s no surprise that the GTX Titan will be available in limited numbers – NVIDIA doesn’t exactly expect to sell these by the bucketload. Still, if AMD were savvy, they’d be wise to drop a slightly tweaked version of the 7970/GE on the market for half the price: it’d be a compelling option for hardcore gamers who aren’t quite willing to shell out the big bucks.
By all available metrics, it seems that if you’ve got the dough, the GTX Titan will get the job done. More details will be available in a few days when the review embargos lift, with general availability of the card to follow February 21st.