Not quite the fastest single-card, but definitely the fastest Single GPU
On Tuesday we posted our preview of the GK110-based Geforce GTX Titan from Nvidia, and like all of yall we were eager to stuff the Titan into a test system to see what it could do in both single-card and dual-card configurations. Now that the dust has settled and our initial testing is complete, we have to say we think we misunderstood what Nvidia was said to us when we asked them how the Titan compares to the GTX 690. The Titan is one hellishly fast single GPU, but it's not the fastest single-card solution for gaming. That title still rests comfortably with the dual-GPU GTX 690.
A massive GPU that’ll be hard to find, and even harder to beat
Today Nvidia is pulling the wraps off the GK110-based GeForce GTX Titan, a single-GPU card that is expected to easily capture the title of Baddest Ass GPU in the world when benchmarks are released this Thursday, February 21st. The Titan is Nvidia’s “Big Kepler” GPU, and has double the transistors and almost double the CUDA cores of the mid-range GK104 chip found in its flagship GeForce GTX 680 GPU. Though it runs at a lower clock speed in stock trim, it should still offer a sizable performance improvement over the already capable GTX 680.
We highlight the hardware that gets you the most performance per dollar spent
We all know that, generally speaking, buying the newest top-end part gets you the most performance. But in most cases, the premium you pay for that part covers a whole lot of other stuff as well that has no bearing on frame rates or video encoding times. We’re talking about the added cost of covering research and development, product marketing, lower production yields, etc. That high price also includes a vanity tax, if you will—the extra charge incurred by folks who simply want to have the latest hardware, hot off the fab, for bragging rights.
Note: This article was taken from the December 2012 issue of the magazine.
Nvidia has been popping out Kepler cards like a circus clown car since the company launched its 6-series GPUs in early 2012, and now we finally reach the bottom of the GTX barrel with the $150 GTX 650 Ti. This card slots in right below the $230 GTX 660 and has less of everything—less CUDA, less memory (and a narrower memory bus width), and less PCB.
Note: This review was taken from the Holiday 2012 issue of the magazine.
Nvidia's upcoming GeForce Titan could end up faster than a GeForce GTX 690.
More information is starting to trickle out about Nvidia's GeForce Titan, an upcoming consumer-grade graphics card based on the company's Kepler GK110 silicon. Initial reports stated it would offer around 85 percent of the performance of a dual-GPU GeForce GTX 690, which is mighty impressive for a single-GPU part, but it could actually end being even faster than Nvidia's flagship graphics card.
If there’s one thing readers of Maximum PC can appreciate, it’s a ludicrously sized GPU like the PowerColor Devil 13 HD 7990. This unholy video card combines the power of two Radeon HD 7970 GPUs along with 6GB of RAM into a massive, power-sucking, case-hogging, and benchmark flogging masterpiece. Notable features include one-touch overclocking, a triple-fan cooling solution that takes up three slots inside your PC, and a custom assortment of tools from legendary tool-maker Wiha. It should also be noted that this video card is so muscle-bound that it comes with its own support stand, for Pete’s sake.
Nvidia is supposedly readying a GeForce Titanium video card for February.
It's been almost a year since Nvidia released its GeForce GTX 680 graphics card, still the company's flagship single-GPU Kepler part (GK104). Now it appears Nvidia is nearly ready to launch a GK110-based card for the consumer market, one that would essentially be a GeForce GTX 680 Ultra, but might be named GeForce Titan or Titanium so that it stands out. Perhaps not coincidentally, the fastest supercomputer in the world is the Cray Titan.
There are several ways to reconcile why PowerColor named its dual Radeon HD 7970 monstrosity the Devil 13. On the one hand, the card probably got its name from the fact that it’s an unholy abomination of GPU horsepower, combining two already-hot-running GPUs into one massive, inferno-producing card that gets as hot as Hades. On the other hand, perhaps its sinister moniker is due to the fact that this video card shouldn’t really exist, as AMD never produced one (even though we all expected it last summer.) PowerColor must have said, “Screw it, we’ll make it ourselves!” And thus the Card of Darkness was born; a rare, one-off, fire-breathing $1,000 concoction that flies in the face of power, heat, and cost concerns. And since this is Maximum PC, all we can say is, “Hell yes.”
Our 2008 Dream Machine rises from the, well, not quite ashes
The Mission Our 2008 Dream Machine was a thing of beauty. We took the case from one of HP’s ambitious-but-doomed Blackbird 002s, slathered it in chrome (because we could), and built a water-cooled monster, with two Core 2 Quad QX9775 CPUs, two ATI Radeon HD 4870 X2 GPUs, and a whopping 8GB of DDR2. To power it all we had PC Power & Cooling whip us up a custom 1,200W PSU. It was quite a machine in its day.