|Best PCIe Card: $800 And Up|
|Best Gaming Graphics Card for ~$1,020
|Best Gaming Graphics Card for ~$1,000
|Product||GeForce GTX Titan||GeForce GTX 690|
|Analysis||The GeForce GTX Titan sports the fastest GPU ever seen: GK110. Unfortunately, that one chip isn't quite as fast as two GK104s, which you find on Nvidia's GeForce GTX 690, even though it also costs $1,000.
Although we're impressed by what GK110 can do, the Titan is overpriced by most accounts. Two GeForce GTX 680s are faster, and for less money. Nevertheless, GeForce GTX Titan gets an honorable mention for the two applications where it really shines: small form factor and multi-card machines.
Also plaguing the Titan right now is availability. We simply cannot find any in stock.
Read our full review of Nvidia's GeForce GTX Titan for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.
|Nvidia's GeForce GTX 690 is one of the fastest graphics cards in the world. It's essentially two GeForce GTX 680s on a single PCB, with a slightly lower core clock and a 300 W TDP. The company sets this card's MSRP right around $1,000, $100 pricier than two GeForce GTX 680's in SLI. Although it used to suffer from availability issues, the card can be found right around its launch price without too much trouble.
While a few companies launched custom-built dual-Tahiti cards, they're very power-hungry and tend to be loud under load. HIS' solution never even made it to market. Asus' is no longer available. PowerColor's triple-slot monster is the only one left, and even then it's a de-tuned version. As such, we removed them all from our column. But AMD recent showed off a prototype Radeon HD 7990 that may improve AMD's standing in the ultra high-end space. Perhaps the GeForce GTX 690 will be challenged in the near future.
Read our full review of Nvidia's GeForce GTX 690 for more information on the card and its accompanying architecture.
|Performance (indexed to 100%)
|GPU||GK110 (Kepler)||GK104 (Kepler)|
|Process||28 nm||28 nm|
|Shader Units||2688||3072 (2 x 1536)|
|Texture Units||224||256 (2 x 128)|
|ROPs||48||64 (2 x 32)|
|Core (Shader) Clock||837 MHz||915 MHz|
|Memory Clock||1502 MHz GDDR5||1502 MHz GDDR5|
|Memory Bandwidth||288.4 GB/s||192.2 GB/s|
|Memory Capacity||6 GB||4 GB|
|DirectX, Shader, OpenGL Capability||11/5.0/4.3||11/5.0/4.3|
|Max. TDP||250 W||300 W|
|Aux. Power Connector(s)||1 x 6-pin and 1 x 8-pin PCIe||2 x 8-pin PCIe|
|Min. Power Supply||600 Watt||650 Watt|