I was planning to upgrade my rig again and was thinking about a getting a new Haswell CPU and a next gen Nvidia card. Then Titan was announced and I've been presented with a quandary. I have the cash to get one, but I'm not sure if it's worth it. One thousand dollars is a lot of money for a card that performs under the 690. So I was wondering, does anyone think that we'll see a solid card in the 700 line at a more reasonable price anytime soon? Thanks for any feedback!
I would also wait a few days for tom's to release the benchmarks. There are certain advantages and disadvantages to the titan - and those I think you'll have to decide what's more important for yourself. There's sli/xfire, memory bandwidth, vram, heat, power, compute, noise, ventillation, space, and good old graphics performance to consider, as well as anything general that I left out.
Personally, if I had the money, I would probably get it simply because I prefer single gpu set-ups over dual ones. Also, its the "cool" factor of owning one. But for performance I'd totally get two 7970's.
Tough question. What can we tell as of now? It appears it is a bit slower than the 690 and 680's in SLI and, of course, 7970's in CF and the 7990. However, it has several significant advantages.
About half the power drawn per GPU ability. Actually pretty significant when placed against a few 7970's, a Titan draws about 250W less. That equals quieter fan and reduced power supply size/cost, which can be quite significant when you are comparing quad 7970's vs. two SLI Titans.
No SLI/CF hassle. Many games simply don't work with SLI/CF and you are stuck with the single card performance. The Titan really shines here.
Overclockable. Reading between the lines, with the auto-overvotage combined with overclocking could mean significant extra speed. Who knows? Maybe even 20% more which would at least equal 7970's in CF.
SLI Titans would kill most any game. As of now, I think two Titans would kill any game. For the foreseeable future, triple Titans would be future proof for years to come.
700 series isn't until late 2013, or perhaps later. No word on exactly how much faster these will be.
In another words, as cook said above, wait at least until the performance is realeased, then you can more effectively make a decision.
For the price of 1 Titan, you are better off with 2x GTX670 FTW's + 2x Heatkiller Waterblocks & Backplates + Pump + Rad....
Spending more than 2x as much for a 20-30% performance gain (where it counts; it does scale higher in some games, and far worse in others...) is NOT a wise move.