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First GeForce GTX Titan Z preview: fast, but not fast enough

A Hong Kong-based magazine has tested the highly-anticipated Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z graphics card ahead of other media outlets. The review was done on currently available drivers, not the final drivers for the dual-chip graphics card. Even with pre-release software the new flagship solution from Nvidia Corp. delivers remarkable performance. Still, it is not high enough to justify its price-tag.

The E-Zone magazine managed to get an Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z 12GB graphics card that is not sold officially and test it in multiple popular benchmarks. The publication used a PC system powered by a six-core Intel Core i7-3960X microprocessor, 16GB of DDR3 memory and Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit OS. The media outlet used AMD Catalyst 14.4 beta and Nvidia 337.69 beta drivers. All tests except 3DMark were run in 2560*1440 resolution.

The results obtained are as follows:

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The article from the E-Zone magazine was scanned by a forum member of LinusTechTips. Thanks to TechPowerUp for the tip.

It is evident that the GeForce GTX Titan Z powered by two GK110 graphics processing units performs extremely well compared to any single-chip graphics solution. However, it is always behind a pair of GeForce GTX 780 Ti boards in 2-way SLI mode (probably, in 4K resolution the situation may change and the Titan Z will be faster due to larger memory banks [6GB of GDDR5 per GPU]). When compared to its main rival – the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 – the Titan Z is sometimes faster, sometimes equal and sometimes slower, which is exactly the reason why Nvidia had to delay its launch until the new drivers are ready. A $3000 graphics card should always be faster than a $1500 graphics board.

The specialists from Hong Kong also found out that the GeForce GTX Titan Z has lower power consumption compared to the Radeon R9 295X2. However, since the latter uses hybrid liquid cooling solution, it runs cooler than the Titan Z. Moreover, Nvidia’s dual-chip graphics board is rather loud when under load.

The magazine concluded that at present the GeForce GTX Titan Z is hardly worth buying for $3000 because there is an alternative from AMD which costs $1500 and there are GeForce GTX 780 Ti as well as GeForce GTX Titan Black graphics cards that can be paired in SLI mode and deliver ever greater performance.

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It should be noted that the GeForce GTX Titan Z has not been released officially yet, there are no final drivers for it, and so its actual performance is still to be discovered.

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KitGuru Says: Performance results of the GeForce GTX Titan Z are perfectly logical and could have been predicted. At present Nvidia is polishing off its drivers with one and only purpose: to make the GeForce GTX Titan Z faster than the Radeon R9 295X2. But keep in mind, all the multi-GPU optimizations it will implement will also boost performance of 2-way SLI configurations featuring GeForce GTX 780 Ti or GeForce GTX Titan Black, which will always leave the Titan Z behind thanks to higher clock-rates. In short, there will always be something better than the Titan Z and at lower cost.

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