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NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN 6GB Performance Review

Author: SKYMTL
Date: February 20, 2013
Product Name: GeForce GTX TITAN
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Frame Time Testing (2560x1600)


Please note that our complete frame time testing methodology can be found HERE. For the purposes of this section, any frame time above 40ms (ie: 25FPS or below) should be considered too slow to maintain a fluid in-game experience.


All of the cards in this benchmark provide adequately smooth performance with the TITAN in the lead. AMD’s HD 7970 puts in a respectable showing as well since the time its spends above the 40ms mark is minimal while the GXT 690 also puts in some great numbers despite using a pair of GPUs.


Once again the GTX TITAN is able to deliver the “smoothest” experience on paper but you’d be hard pressed to find a real-life difference between it and the GTX 690. The HD 7970 GHz Edition on the other hand also delivers consistent performance, though there are two areas where the game itself simply overwhelms its architecture’s capabilities.


In Dirt Showdown, the GTX 690 begins to show the faintest inclination to induce microstutter though it very rarely makes its way past the 40ms mark. On the other hand, the GeForce TITAN and HD 7970 GHz Edition provide excellent results. If anything, this shows that despite performing almost equally in this game’s framerate testing, the TITAN and GTX 690 are miles apart when it comes to delivering fluidity.


Considering Far Cry 3 is a Gaming Evolved title, AMD has an embarrassing problem here. The HD 7970 GHz was actually borderline unplayable with frequent frame hitching despite delivering average framerates of over 34 FPS. On the other hand, the two NVIDIA cards provided a perfectly smooth experience.


Hitman Absolution once again shows AMD delivering extremely inconsistent performance and the GTX 690 isn’t much better. Despite the dual GPU’s abilities to remain well under 30ms most of the time, certain sections of the game let to off the chart fame times, resulting in a near stoppage of gameplay. The only truly “smooth” experience can be accredited to the GTX TITAN which barely budged above the 17ms mark.


Since this game was operating at quite high framerates, frame times don’t appear to be an issue with any of these cards.
 
 
 

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