It looks like the first review of NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX Titan Z graphics card has been leaked. It is from Chinese magazine E-Zone who had published the review back on May 8th, the original date of when the Titan Z was supposed to be launched. Looking at the results from their tests you can see why NVIDIA has delayed the card for the time being.
So the sample that E-Zone received has the same clocks that were seen in the ASUS press release. The card has a base clock of 706 MHz and a boost clock of 876 MHz, but of course this really does not matter because this is not what you will be getting in a real world scenario. E-Zone’s tests show that the card actually boosts all the way up to 1058 MHz! If the card actually boosts more than 300 MHz, yet offers similar or worse performance than the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 then NVIDIA has a serious problem!
We have heard that there were drivers issues and that is why the card was delayed, but it comes down to performance too. The Titan Z at its current stage is not fast enough to beat the Radeon R9 295X2!
Looking at the performance graph above we can see that the Titan Z lost the battle in 3DMark FireStrike, but won in BatmanL AO, Stone Giant and Tomb Raider. While both cards trade top scores here it is evident that two GeForce GTX 780 Ti’s in SLI are a faster and cheaper option.
Moving on to thermals we can see that the Titan Z pulls 618W compared to the R9 295X2’s 678.5W, but it does have higher temperature levels.
So it looks like NVIDIA has a big problem on their hands. Not only with the price of the card, but its performance and thermals. It will be interesting to see what NVIDIA does to fix this.
May 29, 2015 0