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Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black Has Fully-enabled GK110 Core

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 13 comments

Nvidia's Titan Black has been announced, finally giving us a Titan with a fully-enabled GK110 core.

Nvidia has launched its GTX Titan Black graphics card. The GTX Titan Black is a GK110-based graphics card, similar to the original GTX Titan, but rather with a fully-enabled GK110 core.

The fully-enabled GK110 core features all 15 SMX units enabled, making for a CUDA core count of 2880 cores.

Nvidia has equipped the card with a base GPU clock speed of 889 MHz, while it has a Boost 2.0 frequency of 980 MHz.  On the card users will find 6 GB of GDDR5 memory, accessed over a 384-bit wide memory interface, and running at an effective speed of 7.0 GHz. The card will still carry the same 250 W TDP.

The specifications of the card might appear to resemble the GTX 780 Ti, however, the Titan cards carry double the amount of graphics memory, and have a much higher double-point precision performance. This makes the card more interesting to developers rather than gamers, as for gamers there would be little-to-no benefit, while it will cost more. Therefore, Nvidia has also not sent out units for reviewing, as gaming results would be almost identical to that of the GTX 780 Ti.

Cooling of the card is achieved by Nvidia's NVTTM cooler, but rather than the text showing GTX 780 Ti, it will simply read TITAN. To distinguish the GTX Titan Black from the original GTX Titan, you'll have to look for the black lettering as well as the black fin array under the Plexiglas cover.

The card will come to shelves soon, and will carry an MSRP price of $999.

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    anthony8989 , February 18, 2014 9:30 AM
    Does this mean the price for the regular titan will be reduced?
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    colinstu , February 18, 2014 9:56 AM
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    Does this mean the price for the regular titan will be reduced?
    It means the price of the old one will stay the same until all inventory of it is gone. Try finding one online... very little stock of it is left anyway.
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    renz496 , February 18, 2014 10:41 AM
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    Does this mean the price for the regular titan will be reduced?


    no. this will replace the original titan directly.
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    lancelot123 , February 18, 2014 11:01 AM
    Reviews for us gaming in 4K and 5760x1200 would be nice. Especially with the games that use more than 3GB at those resolutions with AA cranked up.
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    Nerfirelia , February 18, 2014 11:09 AM
    but i bought quad titans a year ago
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    flyingtoaster85 , February 18, 2014 12:15 PM
    Submit your quad Titans to me for proper disposal.
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    Blahman11 , February 18, 2014 2:49 PM
    Will we see people flashing GTX 780ti's into Titan Blacks when someone gets hold of the card bios? Happened with the GTX 680 am I right?
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    BranFlake5 , February 18, 2014 3:04 PM
    @Blahman11 Why? It's literally just a 780 TI 6GB. I don't think the Titan supports workstation card drivers so it's no use. Also, I think it was actually a 690 to a k5000. Please Correct me if I'm wrong, but there is absolutely no reason to flash a 780ti into a Titan.
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    dragonsqrrl , February 18, 2014 3:21 PM
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    @Blahman11 Why? It's literally just a 780 TI 6GB. I don't think the Titan supports workstation card drivers so it's no use. Also, I think it was actually a 690 to a k5000. Please Correct me if I'm wrong, but there is absolutely no reason to flash a 780ti into a Titan.
    To unlock the FP64 performance.
    I mentioned this in a previous thread, but I'm really surprised there hasn't been more discussion about unlocking the 780/780 Ti using custom firmware.

    Not sure how a 690 would be flashed to a K5000
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    BranFlake5 , February 18, 2014 4:17 PM
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    @Blahman11 Why? It's literally just a 780 TI 6GB. I don't think the Titan supports workstation card drivers so it's no use. Also, I think it was actually a 690 to a k5000. Please Correct me if I'm wrong, but there is absolutely no reason to flash a 780ti into a Titan.
    To unlock the FP64 performance.
    I mentioned this in a previous thread, but I'm really surprised there hasn't been more discussion about unlocking the 780/780 Ti using custom firmware.

    Not sure how a 690 would be flashed to a K5000


    Read This

    And how can the 780's support double-point-precision? Is that a firmware or hardware feature?
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    dragonsqrrl , February 18, 2014 4:47 PM
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    @Blahman11 Why? It's literally just a 780 TI 6GB. I don't think the Titan supports workstation card drivers so it's no use. Also, I think it was actually a 690 to a k5000. Please Correct me if I'm wrong, but there is absolutely no reason to flash a 780ti into a Titan.
    To unlock the FP64 performance. I mentioned this in a previous thread, but I'm really surprised there hasn't been more discussion about unlocking the 780/780 Ti using custom firmware.Not sure how a 690 would be flashed to a K5000
    Read ThisAnd how can the 780's support double-point-precision? Is that a firmware or hardware feature?

    Thanks for the link.

    It's a hardware feature. The 780's already support double precision, the performance is just greatly reduced compared to their single precision. The key is the method Nvidia uses to cap the performance, and to my knowledge the FP64 cores aren't fused off in the 780's. They're functional, it's the clocks that are limited to 1/8 that of their FP32 cores, resulting in 1/24 FP32 performance. So I would think some custom firmware could enable full FP64 in the drivers (trick the drivers into thinking it's a Titan).
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    10tacle , February 18, 2014 8:50 PM
    "The card will come to shelves soon, and will carry an MSRP price of $999"

    I think anyone looking to upgrade to a top level card should wait for the high end Maxwell in the next few months and see how it fares (personally I like the small fry intros first and then working up to the bigger and better..like working up to a climax). Looking to replace my 680s for a next level single card solution and eventually get two of those for 4K, but would not even think about buying this card without seeing what's coming with the flagship Maxwell.
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    renz496 , February 18, 2014 10:30 PM
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    "The card will come to shelves soon, and will carry an MSRP price of $999"

    I think anyone looking to upgrade to a top level card should wait for the high end Maxwell in the next few months and see how it fares (personally I like the small fry intros first and then working up to the bigger and better..like working up to a climax). Looking to replace my 680s for a next level single card solution and eventually get two of those for 4K, but would not even think about buying this card without seeing what's coming with the flagship Maxwell.


    with it's intended price and how nvidia did not send any review unit to reviewer (since gaming performance is the same as GTX780 Ti) it is clear nvidia target with this card is not gamer although boutique system will still take the card to integrate with their system. so for gamer cards like titan make zero sense to them.