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Gainward GTX Titan previewed

by on11 March 2013

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Preview: Plenty of style and great performance at a saucy price

Nvidia’s GTX Titan launched at $999, which is quite steep even for a high-end graphics card. However, Nvidia doesn't feel like it is facing a lot of pressure at the moment, so it can afford to slap such a price on its new flagship. Gainward's GTX Titan is available at €940 and higher. For the same money one can get the GTX 690, which is a little bit faster in games, but the GTX Titan offers unmatched single GPU performance, free from multi-GPU issues. Gainward's card is based on Nvidia's  reference design, which is pretty good to begin with, and the picture below speaks louder than words. 

gainward titan with box

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The cooler is inaudiable in idle and quiet during gaming. The Titan has 6GB of memory and you can use up to four active outputs. 

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It comes with one 6-pin and one 8-pin power connector. Geforce GTX logo lights up when the card is powered up and we must say the Titan is one of the best looking cards we ever had a chance to play around with. Mind you, with such a saucy price, it has to look and feel like a premium product.

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GTX Titan specs include a total of 2668 CUDA cores, 837MHz+ clock and a total 6GB of GDDR5 memory clocked at 6008MHz and paired up with a 384-bit memory interface.

gtx titan gainward

We played Crysis 3 at 1920x1080 and 2560x1600 resolutions with maxed out effects, 4xMSAA and 16x Anisotropic filtering. The charts show the two fastest cards in single GPU and multi GPU categories and both are pretty much a benchmark for other NV cards out there. However, Crysis 3 is a pretty tough nut to crack even for high-end cards. At 1920x1080 we could enjoy really nice framerates, but at 2560x1600 we experienced the occasional stutter. Overall the prformance gap does not seem so high, it is about 12 percent at 2560x1600. Of course, an in-depth review is coming soon, so stay tuned. 

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