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Report: Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Z Delayed

By - Source: Sweclockers | B 6 comments

Maybe we won't be seeing the GTX Titan Z from Nvidia ship to customers just yet.

Rumor on the web has it that the GTX Titan Z will not be released today (April 29), unlike past reports have indicated.

The dual-GPU graphics card from Nvidia is rumored to have been delayed, partially thanks to the release of AMD's Radeon R9 295X2. The reason that the R9 295X2 has been the cause for Nvidia's delay is likely the harsh reality that it is a faster graphics card, and Nvidia wishes to build a card that is able to compete better, at least from a gaming standpoint, which is very understandable. If a gamer is to buy the GTX Titan Z, he or she will expect it to at least be able to perform on-par, if not better than the R9 295X2, especially considering that AMD's option only costs half as much.

As far as we're concerned, if this rumor is true, it's not such a bad thing that the release of the GTX Titan Z is postponed. If Nvidia is to use this time to go back to the drawing board and slap a bit of sense into this card, it'll probably be worth it.

At this point, the best Nvidia can do is raise the card's clock speeds and consequentially the card's performance. Hand in hand with this though, there will also be a higher TDP. The GPUs cannot be further unlocked as they are already set to both be fully unlocked GK110 parts, and the memory has also already been specified at 12 GB, giving each GPU 6 GB to play with.

All of this is still uncertain, though. There could be a handful of other reasons why the card might be delayed, so do be sure to take the above with a grain of salt. Who knows? The card might just get released in the next few hours.

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    de5_Roy , April 29, 2014 8:54 AM
    amd's dual hawaii has caught nvidia with it's pants down. if titan z is really delayed, it's due to amd's pricing as well as the 295x2 card design.
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    boju , April 29, 2014 9:19 AM
    Monsters do get scared after all :D 
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    anthony8989 , April 29, 2014 9:23 AM
    I think the only way that Nvidia can come out of this on top is if they release the GTX 790 using dual Maxwell processor s. If they can put out a dual card that equals or betters the 295x2 on air cooling with half the wattage requirements - they can call it a technical win. Other wise they lose this round .
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    Vlad Rose , April 29, 2014 9:27 AM
    With the price tag they're asking for the card, I don't blame them one bit for at least delaying it. Maybe the costs might go down to reasonable levels by release. If not, they should scrap it and move on.
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    AngryCorgi , April 29, 2014 9:30 AM
    The bigger issue is that the Titan Z costs nearly 200% what the 295X2 costs. You'd be absolutely idiotic, if you're a gamer, to purchase the Nvidia product over the AMD product if there wasn't a SIGNIFICANT performance advantage for the Nvidia card.
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    hannibal , April 29, 2014 11:17 AM
    Who knows... This is just a halo card, so it is better make it faster than make it cheaper (from Nvidia viewpoint). Maybe a water-cooled Titan Z with 3500$ price?
    Also there just can be some problems getting enough low leaking GPUs for this card and they are stock piling them enough...
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    Steveymoo , April 29, 2014 11:37 AM
    Yes, they would need to either halve the price, or double the performance, to compete with AMD this time. No gamer in their right mind would pay $3k for a card that performs around the same, or even slightly better than one that is half the price. Only the hardcoriest hardcore nvidia fanboys, who earn a load of money.
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    Blazer1985 , April 29, 2014 11:51 AM
    A card originally thought for gpgpu, doubled in performance, tripled in price, delayed because unappealing for gamers. What were they thinking?
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    shogunofharlom , April 29, 2014 12:10 PM
    Titan ZZZZZZZZZZZs. A very appropriate name for a product that fell asleep at the wheel. Maybe they will wake up and drop the price to a respectable level.
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    Shankovich , April 29, 2014 5:09 PM
    Can't even compete with two Titan Black's in SLI and costs $1000 more than both of them. Come on guys, I'm sure even your most loyal customers won't pay a $1000 premium (and seriously, one fan for two cores?? Even the best engineering in the fin gaps won't help that).
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    Shankovich , April 29, 2014 5:11 PM
    Sorry for the double post but this card just needs a better cooler to bump those core/memory clocks up, and a hefty price drop. I doubt it'll cost around the 295x2...I'd say $2200 considering how nVidia prices stuff would be more "reasonable" after a new cooler.
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    tinmann , April 29, 2014 9:26 PM
    I think they may surprise everyone and release a GTX 790 Ti first. Same elegant design as the 7 series but with dual coolers and then later release the Titan-Z using super high end Maxwell parts. Dare to dream, right? Too often they've allowed AMD to show their hand first then cut it off at the wrist for anyone to think that Nvidia is taking this lightly.
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    Brunostako , April 30, 2014 12:52 PM
    Nice article. And the reasons why nVidia is delaying the card doesn't sound that crazy.