The ASUS GTX Titan is the reference card of NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan. The graphics card that powers supercomputers is an incredibly powerful single-GPU graphics card that will run any games effortless. NVIDIA claims it to be the world’s fastest GPU, immerse the user with hardware-based frame metering, ultra-fast TXAA/FXAA advanced antialiasing. It is also equipped with Adaptive Vertical Sync technology and dynamic clock speed maximization based on game load and temperature, where it pushes its performance to new levels thanks to NVIDIA GPU Boost 2.0 technology. ASUS GTX TITAN offers gamers improved tuning access, and ultra-smooth gaming experience through NVIDIA Adaptive VSync technology. It also supports NVIDIA 3D Vision surround on hundreds of PC games with a single card. Moreover, the card uses PCI Express 3.0 as the standard interface, doubling the data bandwidth of PCI Express 2.0.
Product Link: http://www.asus.com/Graphics_Cards/GTXTITAN6GD5/
Suggested Retail Price: RM 3,799
Personally, I like the “3 Claw on the board” design of ASUS Graphics Card. The packaging also highlights ASUS GPU Tweak software, bundled with the card. GPU Tweak show the real time & intuitive graphics tuning for the user and allow to check detailed specification and actual card status with monitoring widget and GPU-Z.
ASUS GTX TITAN Retail Packaging (front view)
ASUS GTX TITAN Retail Packaging (side view)
ASUS GTX TITAN Retail Packaging (back view)
Unpacking the Retail Box, lies the ASUS GTX TITAN graphics card wrapped in bubble-wrap.
- ASUS GPU Tweak & Driver
- GPU DIY Manual Guide
- 8-Pin Power Adapter
As the ASUS GTX TITAN is a reference card, the design is exactly the same with any other GeForce GTX Titan reference.
There’s 12 pieces of GDDR5 Memory Chip at the back of the ASUS GTX Titan, to make up the total 6GB VRAM.
The PCI-E 3.0 connector of ASUS GTX TITAN
- The ASUS GTX TITAN IO:
- DVI Output : Yes x 1 (DVI-I), Yes x 1 (DVI-D)
- HDMI Output : Yes x 1
- Display Port : Yes x 1 (Regular DP)
- HDCP Support : Yes
SLI Connector of ASUS GTX TITAN which supports up to Quad-SLI GPU
The ASUS GTX TITAN requires 6-pin and 8-pin power connectors
The word “GEFORCE GTX” will glow in green when it’s powered up
The reference cooler of ASUS GTX TITAN is pretty noisy during full load. It is also equipped with copper vapor chamber and dual-slot aluminium heatsink.
The front PCB Layout of ASUS GTX TITAN.
The ASUS GTX Titan is equipped with the GK110 chip which is used in NVIDIA’s Tesla K20K series product line as well.
A 6-phase power supply with overvoltage capability is responsible for supplying Titan’s GK110 GPU power. An additional 2-phase power supply is dedicated for the board’s GDDR5 memory. Thus, it’s a 6+2 phase power design.
The 4-pin fan header for the reference cooler and a 2-pin LED header of ASUS GTX TITAN
There’s a total of 21 screws need to be unscrew to remove the heatsink.
The back layout of the ASUS GTX TITAN reference cooler
GPU Specification Comparison
The Performance Test was done using ASUS GPU Tweak
The GPU was tested on stock @ 876 MHz clockspeed. I used the GPU-Z Sensor to record the “Max Clock” frequency and it was 1006 MHz. The Max Clock achieved was 130 MHz higher than the Boost Clock.
I manage to OverClock the GTX TITAN at 981MHZ | 1020MHz
GPU core hit 81 ˚C of maximum temperature and 38 ˚C of minimum temperature at the room ambient.
Again , I used the GPU-Z Sensor Log to record a maximum clockspeed of 1149.7MHz, which was 129.7MHz higher than the Boost Clock.
3DMark @ Stock Preset - Cloud Gate and Fire Strike.
Heaven @ Extreme Preset | Resolution 1920 x 1080
Valley @ Extreme HD Preset | Resolution 1920 x 1080
Final Fantasy XIV @ Maximum Graphic Preset | Resolution 1920 x 1080
Batman Arkham City @ 32X CSAA | Resolution 1920 x 1080 | Maximum Detail Preset | High Tessellation MVSS and HBAO
Battlefield 3 @ Resolution 1920×1080 | 4X MSSA | Highest Graphic Setting
DiRT 3 @ Resolution 1920×1080 | 8X QCSAA | Highest Graphic Setting
Metro 2033 @ DirectX 11 | Resolution 1920×1080 | Very High Quality Setting|
MSSA 4X | AF 16X
Metro Last Light @ DirectX 11, Very High Tesselation | Resolution 1920×1080 | Very High Quality Setting | AF 16X
Resident Evil 5 @ Resolution 1920×1080 | Anti Alias C16XQ | High Quality Setting
Resident Evil 6 @ Resolution 1920×1080 | Anti Alias FXAA3HQ | High Quality Setting
STALKER @ Resolution 1920×1080 | Ultra Graphic Preset | 4x MSSA | Enhanced full dynamic lightning DirectX 11 Renderer
Street Fighter IV @ Resolution 1920×1080 | Anti Alias C16XQ | Texture Filter 16x | Highest Quality Preset
The ASUS GTX TITAN is rather impressive for extreme gamers as it could deliver extra juice for the FPS. For the price I would say it rather too expensive and it’ll remain a premium product compared to GTX 780 (almost the same firepower at cheaper price) and GTX 690 (faster at the same SRP). This card is approximately 15%-20% slower than GTX690 at the same price but for those with the wherewithal to pay RM 3,799 on a graphics card though, GTX Titan lives up to the premium expectations. Also the 6GB VRAM is just perfect for 4K resolution gameplay.
From the benchmark comparison, the single GPU GTX Titan is consistently in the mix at the top-end of the performance charts, offering, as a result, a better all-round user experience. It proved highly competitive during the benchmark test, something which still can’t be said of the multi-GPU setups.
I would like to thank ASUS Malaysia Representative who prefer to remain anonymous for the opportunity to test the ASUS GTX TITAN.
Performance/Price Value: 4/5
+ Impressive performance
+ Easy to overclock
+ Awesome inhouse OverClocking and Monitoring software, the ASUS GPU Tweak
- Seriously heavy
ASUS GTX TITAN received Gold Award from OCDrift.com
Disclaimer: OCDrift.com gives out our own award based on the Hardware Performance, OverClocking Ability, Innovation, and Value as determined by the reviewer
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