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NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX TITAN is Back in Black

Posted on February 18, 2014 9:30 AM by Rob Williams
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The past couple of months have been a little odd for the original GeForce GTX TITAN. With a price tag of $1,000, and the well-known fact that the $699 GTX 780 Ti released this past fall can match or beat it in most gaming benchmarks, it’s just been a hard sell. But of course, TITAN is about more than just simple gaming, and those who’ve been willing to dig beneath the surface to see what it is that makes TITAN special will have no doubt understood its price-premium a bit better.

Even so, at $1,000, it’s understandable to at least want the card to match the gaming performance of the card that costs $300 less. With the new TITAN Black, that’s being accomplished.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Black - Promo Shot

Like the GTX 780 Ti, TITAN Black comes equipped with 2,880 CUDA cores, although with a slight clock boost behind it (889MHz vs. 875MHz). We’d expect that single-precision performance would be similar, at just over 5 TFLOPs. On the double-precision side – the biggest reason TITAN is no ordinary GeForce card – the 960 CUDA cores are retained. The original TITAN had double-precision performance of over 1.3 TFLOPs, and given the clock increase between the two cards (889MHz vs. 837MHz), I’d assume we’d see a slight performance boost there as well.

Of course, a TITAN couldn’t be a TITAN without a mega framebuffer, so it should come as no surprise that NVIDIA has retained the 6GB of GDDR5. Performance there has been improved, however, jumping from 6,000 to 7,000MHz. TDP and everything else largely remains the same, although the TITAN logo has been colored black (which is quite appropriate, I’d say).

NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Black

NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Black - PCB

I doubt it’s needed, but here’s NVIDIA’s current line-up. The original TITAN is there for reference; I can’t imagine it’ll be in NVIDIA’s sights going forward (and it’s already extremely difficult to purchase at a reasonable price).

NVIDIA GeForce Series Cores Core MHz Memory Mem MHz Mem Bus TDP
GeForce GTX Titan Black 2880 889 6144MB 7000 384-bit 250W
GeForce GTX Titan 2688 837 6144MB 6008 384-bit 250W
GeForce GTX 780 Ti 2880 875 3072MB 7000 384-bit 250W
GeForce GTX 780 2304 863 3072MB 6008 384-bit 250W
GeForce GTX 770 1536 1046 2048MB 7010 256-bit 230W
GeForce GTX 760 1152 980 2048MB 6008 256-bit 170W
GeForce GTX 750 Ti 640 1020 2048MB 5400 128-bit 60W
GeForce GTX 750 512 1020 2048MB 5000 128-bit 55W
GeForce GTX 660 960 980 2048MB 6000 192-bit 140W
GeForce GTX 650 384 1058 1024MB 5000 128-bit 64W

NVIDIA hasn’t given us word as to when TITAN Black will hit the market, but given the absolute dearth in availability of the original TITAN, I hope that day is not too far off.


  • The Focus Elf

    But oh my gosh it has a black grill! In all seriousness, I’m with you on the 780TI or even just a 780 Hydro…. but I’ll stick with ATI until this winter.

    • http://techgage.com/ Rob Williams

      For most gamers, the 780 Ti is going to be the best choice. For those running multi-monitor of at least 6 megapixel, the beefier framebuffer on the TITAN will be appreciated.

      • The Focus Elf

        I’m going to agree with you — I’ve done away with my 3x Monitor setup in favor of a single 2560 monitor, and set up a separate workstation for well… work — mirrored on the TV for the lulz. Although I might use the TV for the gaming screen with the referenced next build Q3/15 or so (skylake ftw!), but for now, the Samsung 9 Series is more than sufficient. That 780 TI is pretty amazing looking specwise.

  • Kayden

    I’ll take 2 or 3. I’m not picky.

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