NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Review Hits The Web – Gets Tested At 5K Resolution But Fails To Deliver Substantial Results

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Review Hits The Web – Gets Tested At 5K Resolution But Fails To Deliver Substantial Results

The first NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z review has hit the web from Dr.Lee (aka DGLee)
testing the card at a high resolution of 5K. During its announcement at
GTC 2014, NVIDIA called the GeForce GTX Titan Z as the first 5K
compatible graphics card in one of their slides but does it lives up to
the claim of being the fastest graphics card in terms of 5K gaming
performance?

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Review – Gets Tested At 5K Resolution

Now some of you may remember that a review of
the card from an Asian source leaked prior to this but it wasn’t as
brief and looked a lot more like a preview of the card. In case you
missed the previous news, NVIDIA has failed to launch the GeForce GTX
Titan Z which was originally planned for launch on 29th April yet was
delayed to 8th May after which it was delayed indefinitely with no words
on a new launch schedule by NVIDIA. The only reason to be blamed by
several retailers were blamed to be software and driver issues which is
taking NVIDIA so long to get the card released that it has missed its
launch date twice. If that isn’t enough, the performance of the card is
no where as good as was expected against its direct competitor and the
much cheaper, Radeon R9 295X2 from AMD.

The GeForce GTX Titan Z is manufactured with two GK110-350-B1 chips
under its hood that pack 7.1 billion transistors each. The GeForce GTX
Titan Z replaces the GeForce GTX 690 boasting dual-GK110 cores compared
to dual-GK104 cores on its predecessor. The GeForce GTX Titan Z will
feature two GK110 cores with 5760 Cuda Cores, 448 TMUs and 96 ROPs. The
card features a 384-bit x 2 bus which will run across a massive 12 GB
VRAM. This is an impressive feature giving developers and games an
unprecedented amount of VRAM for use. The memory is clocked at 7 GHz
effective clock speed. The core clock speeds are maintained at 705 MHz
base and 876 MHz boost clock and the card features a maximum single
precision performance of 8.1 TFlops and 2.3 TFlops of double precision.

The design of the GeForce GTX Titan Z is beefier compared to the
GeForce GTX 690. The design is similar but the card takes up three slots
to provide optimal thermals with the Dual GK110 cores in action. The
card will feature dual black colored Vapor chambers placed on top of
each GK110 core while a large cooler fan will push air from the internal
assembly, cooling the components and letting the heat out of the front
exhaust. The display outputs include Dual-DVI, HDMI and a Display Port.
The card has a single SLI gold finger to enable two of these cards to
function as multiple GPUs. The card is fed through dual 8-Pin connectors
which represent a TDP of 375W. The card has a beefy 12 Phase PWM supply
and with a 450W heatsink under its hood, the GeForce GTX Titan Z will
actually be able to sustain overclocking on air around the 1 GHz mark.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z is backed by a steep price tag of
$2999 US which will make it look like an enthusiast focused card but
NVIDIA did mention that the card is aimed towards both gamers and
professionals since the power of GK110 and its CUDA Compute capabilities
will be available to users at a much lower price tag compared to their
Quadro and Tesla variants. Hence the price tag may make sense to some
but for gamers, the competitor Radeon R9 295X2 which is priced at half
of what NVIDIA’s asking for their flagship card ($1499 US) is going to
look like a better option. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z has it
advantages when it comes to drivers, application support, GeForce
optimized titles, 12 GB VRAM (6 GB per GPU) and a cooler that is said to
be both silent and aesthetically pleasing for those who are cautious
about the looks of their cards.

The one thing I was glad to see about this review is that it
showcases the performance of the card on a variety of resolutions which
include UltraHD resolutions such as 4K and 5K on which the card is
supposed to be benched. All credit goes to Dr.Lee for giving a
comprehensive look at the card prior to its launch. Here’s a read from
him over at HardOCP Forums:

– 2560 x 1600 (4 million pixels)
– 5760 x 1080 (3-way surround of 1920 x 1080, 6 million pixels)
– 4096 x 2160 (4K, 8 million pixels)
– 7680 x 1600 (3-way surround of 2560 x 1600, 12 million pixels)
– 5120 x 2700 (5K, 14 million pixels)
For the test, all games are to be set at their highest graphics quality
option except anti-aliasing : Speaking anti-aliasing, I seperate all
test scenarios (except for Bioshock : Infinite) into two groups – one
for without AA, another for with 4x AA. For Bioshock, I assumed its
DX11+DDOF preset as “with 4x AA” as well as DX11 preset as “without AA”
since the official benchmark tool didn’t offer such options.
And to adopt super-high resolutions in ordinary display(s), I used
Eyefinity and NV Surround as well as “User Defined Resolution” in NV
Control Panel (for NVIDIA, of course). Specifically as follow:
– 2560 x 1600 : Nothing special
– 5760 x 1080 : AMD – Eyefinity / NVIDIA – NV Surround (both 3 x 1920×1080)
– 4096 x 2160 : AMD – Eyefinity (2 x 2048×2160) / NVIDIA – NVCP User Define (single display, upscaled)
– 7680 x 1600 : AMD – Eyefinity / NVIDIA – NV Surround (both 3 x 2560×1600)
– 5120 x 2700 : AMD – Eyefinity (4 x 2560×1350) / NVIDIA – NVCP User Define (single display, upscaled)
(for detailed info, see Ch2 and Ch3 of this article : http://iyd.kr/649)
For 4K and 5K, AMD and NVIDIA are not perfectly variable-controlled. (at
least the # of display used are different!) With keeping it in mind,
I’m going to analyze how this -AMD’s to control multiple display while
NVIDIA’s to control just a single display- affect the overall
performance at the end of the article.

It’s no doubt that NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX Titan Z as seen in this and
several leaks before it has failed to live up to everyone’s
expectations. What was once thought to be an engineering marvel has no
turned into a big disaster for NVIDIA. We hope that NVIDIA somehow
manage to solve the driver issues and at the least, launch the card
since there will always be professionals looking to buy such solutions
but for gamers, the best bet would be a dual GeForce GTX 780 Ti solution
if you solely stick with the green team. You can see the performance
benchmarks at the end of this article.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Specifications:

  NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Black Edition AMD Radeon R9 295X2 NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z
GPU Codename Kepler GK110 Kepler GK110 Kepler GK110 Kepler GK110 Vesuvius Kepler GK110
GPU Process 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm
GPU Transistors 7100 Million 7100 Million 7100 Million 7100 Million 6200 Million 7100 Million
GPU Cores 2304 2688 2880 2880 2816
x 2
(5632)
2880
x 2
(5760)
TMUs 192 224 240 240 176 x
2
240 x
2
ROPs 48 ROPs 48
ROPs
48 ROPs 48 ROPs 64 x 2 ROPs 48 x 2 ROPs
Core Clock 902 MHz 876 MHz 928 MHz 980 MHz 1018 MHz 876 MHz
Memory Clock 1502 MHz 1502 MHz 1752 MHz 1752 MHz 1250 MHz 1752 MHz
Memory Bus 384 Bit 384 Bit 384 Bit 384 Bit 512 Bit X 2 384 Bit X 2
TDP 250W 250W 250W 250W 500W 375W
Power Connectors 8+8 Pin 8+8 Pin 8+8 Pin 8+8 Pin 8+8 Pin 8+8 Pin
Cooling Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Dual Slot Hybrid Tripe Slot
Launch 2013 2013 2013 2014 8th April 2014 8th May 2014
Price $449 US $999 US $699 US $999 US $1499 US $2999 US

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Benchmarks (Courtesy of Dr.Lee):

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Review 1600P Performance NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Review 1600P NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Review 4096 x 2160P NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Review 5120 x 2700P NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Review 5760 x 1080 NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Review 5760 x 1080P NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Review 7680 x 1600P NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Review Performance_1 NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Review Performance_2 NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Review Performance_3

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Official Renders:

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