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    NVIDIA GTX TITAN Video Card Review


    Well, the day is finally here…part two! Today is the day we can show you what NVIDIA’s new TITAN GPU can do.
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    Great review, the price tag is slightly ridiculous though :/
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    As always... excellent review!

    What a MONSTER. That said, I think you nailed it in the conclusion... but I will be more blunt (IMO of course). Its a ripoff at that price. Premium or not. This card at 1920x1200 or less is silly, but 2560x1440/1600 I think this thing is a win for those that dont want dual cards when it hits $800. Above that, multi monitor, I would personally rather have 2 680's/7970's than this... if I had to pay for it!

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    incredible, the single GPU KING has arrived.
    in some cases almost as strong as 7970x2
    making the price justified.

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    Great review guys!
    But because of the price point, IMO, I would much rather own 2 X 7970's if I had a multi monitor setup or just needed the resolution bump. I just cant justify that price. Just my opinion. It is definitely a powerful single gpu solution, though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EarthDog View Post
    That said, I think you nailed it in the conclusion... Its a ripoff at that price. Premium or not. This card at 1920x1200 or less is silly, but 2560x1440/1600 I think this thing is a win for those that dont want dual cards when it hits $800.
    THIS, exactly.

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    GTX 690 is limited by a quad SLI (2 cards)

    the TITAN can 3-way SLI, which basically will blow those records completely out of the water. awesome.

    Quote Originally Posted by EarthDog View Post
    I will be more blunt (IMO of course). Its a ripoff at that price. Premium or not.
    allow me to give an alternative view.
    Yes, if you have $1000 bucks, buying GTX 690, might be better.
    but with the Titan, you are also paying for the potential 3-way SLI set up, which the GTX 690 is limited at quad.

    for $3000 bucks, you are buying 'unparallel' performance.
    and a $3000 bucks investment in GTX 690, will not give you more than quad-sli from the $2000 set up...

    so I believe it for the price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluezero5 View Post

    the TITAN can 3-way SLI, which basically will blow those records completely out of the water. awesome.
    that would be really cool to see! You think anyone has extreme sli results yet? lol too early?
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    o my! I want, but $1000 sheesh. Nvidia can afford to take the **** a little though. Lets be honest amd aint going to be contending with the top spot for a while now.

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    Good write up,

    Im happy to see my dual 7970s will hold thier own against one of these badboys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluezero5 View Post
    GTX 690 is limited by a quad SLI (2 cards)

    the TITAN can 3-way SLI, which basically will blow those records completely out of the water. awesome.



    allow me to give an alternative view.
    Yes, if you have $1000 bucks, buying GTX 690, might be better.
    but with the Titan, you are also paying for the potential 3-way SLI set up, which the GTX 690 is limited at quad.

    for $3000 bucks, you are buying 'unparallel' performance.
    and a $3000 bucks investment in GTX 690, will not give you more than quad-sli from the $2000 set up...

    so I believe it for the price.
    A couple things...

    1. 'Limited' at quad... more is a limit?
    2. You cant use 3 690's in the first place in SLI, so you are actually comparing quad SLI at $2k vs Tri SLI at $3k+. I would imagine the Titan would win there, but by 50% more to match the price? No? Than still waaay too expensive.

    I see your point, and you are right for the 20 people that would do that.

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    Great review Hokie.

    I have to agree with EarthDog that the card is a ripoff at the price it currently sits. If it had come in around $750-800 I would actually think about buying one (assuming my wife wouldn't kill me for doing so), but the thought of spending $1000 on a GPU alone that doesn't outperform options that can cost up to $200 less just doesn't have much of a value proposition for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EarthDog View Post
    A couple things...

    1. 'Limited' at quad... more is a limit?
    Limited by card max at quad, can't get a 3rd GTX 690 to do anything extra on top of quad. that's what I mean.

    2. You cant use 3 690's in the first place in SLI, so you are actually comparing quad SLI at $2k vs Tri SLI at $3k+. I would imagine the Titan would win there, but by 50% more to match the price? No? Than still waaay too expensive.

    I see your point, and you are right for the 20 people that would do that.
    that's what I mean.

    and yes, limited market for sure.
    especially since a little worse than GTX 690.

    I think I will be one of the 20 !! I am drooling already.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluezero5 View Post
    Limited by card max at quad, can't get a 3rd GTX 690 to do anything extra on top of quad. that's what I mean.



    that's what I mean.

    and yes, limited market for sure.
    especially since a little worse than GTX 690.

    I think I will be one of the 20 !! I am drooling already.
    I think my next build's name will be ' Titanium '
    We've seen your build, you seem insane already, so it dont suprise me you'd go and do this.
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    I always like SKYMTL's reviews at Hardware Canucks. Regarding 'ripoff', he puts it well:

    Rather, the $1000 entry cost puts the GeForce TITAN firmly into the realm of exclusivity and is for people who can afford to pay through the nose for performance. This is an aspirational item like a Ferrari or Lamborghini and isn’t marketed to the people who buy Fords, Chevys and Kias.
    ...and like I said, it's an $800 card with a $200 'FASTEST GPU IN THE WORLD!' premium tacked on top.

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    Heh.. car analogies, my fav...! Thing is, those cars are limited and are twice as fast as most production cars, this card gets worked for the most part when you put two 7970's/680's next to it.

    It has its market. Its small. Very VERY small. Its 10 kinds of awesome wrapped up in one very expensive package. If I had the money at $800 I would consider it for my setup. At $1k though, LOLNO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hokiealumnus View Post
    As for his test run of AC3, its not really a benching game. The game is locked in frames. My 7870 handles this game at its full effect no problems.
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