You've seen what makes it tick, been privy to just how well one TITAN card performs against some ultra-enthusiast competition, but let's face it, leaving the best GeForce without at least seeing what it can do in a multi-card configuration is verging on criminal.
NVIDIA believes GeForce GTX TITAN really comes into its own when run in two- or three-way SLI, for thunderous performance that no other graphics subsystem can match. Sure, you'll need to pay up to £2,500 for the privilege of such graphical barbarism, but when has bleeding-edge performance ever been cheap?
We've put a couple of these muscular TITANs together - £1,600-plus retail pricing notwithstanding - and evaluated how they perform against the crème de la crème of the graphics world.
It's undeniable that a single TITAN is the fastest consumer GPU ever released, and recent two-board SLI performance has provided near-perfect scaling in some titles. Cobble these two facts together and, assuming the base system - CPU and memory - is up to the task of feeding a potential 9TFLOPS of power, performance should be electric.
|Graphics Card||GPU Clock
|Graphics Driver||Approx Price|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN 6GB SLI||837 (876)||2,688 x 2||837 (876)||6,008||384 x2||GeForce 314.09||£1,660|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN 6GB||837 (876)||2,688||837 (876)||6,008||384||GeForce 314.09||£830|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 4GB||915 (1,019)||3,072||915 (1,019)||6,008||256 x 2||GeForce 314.07 WHQL||£750|
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 2GB||1,006 (1,058)||1,536||1,006 (1,058)||6,008||256||GeForce 314.07 WHQL||£375|
|AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz 3GB||1,000 (1,050)||2,048||1,000 (1,050)||6,000||384||Catalyst 13.2 beta 6||£350|
|Club3D Radeon HD 7990 6GB||900||2,048 x 2||900||5,500||384 x 2||Catalyst 13.2 beta 6||£730|
|AMD Radeon HD 7970 3GB CrossFire||925||2,048 x 2||925||5,500||384 x 2||Catalyst 13.2 beta 6||£600|
HEXUS High-End Test Bench
|Processor||Intel Core i7-3770K (3.50GHz, 8MB cache, quad-core)|
|CPU Cooler||Intel reference E97378-001|
|Motherboard||Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP4 TH|
|Memory||8GB G.Skill RipJaws (2x4GB) DDR3 @ 1,600MHz|
|Power Supply||Corsair AX750W|
|Storage Device||Samsung 830 Series 256GB SSD|
|Optical Drive||Generic 24x DVD-RW|
|Chassis||Corsair Graphite Series 600T|
|Monitor||Dell 3007FPW and 3x BenQ EW2430|
|Operating system||Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit, SP1)|
There's little doubt that the TITAN SLI duo should win most, if not all, of the benchmarks. Let's see how fast it is, especially in the just-released Crysis 3.