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Performance Summary

Here is a table with full test results.

Now we can move on to our summary charts.

The summary diagrams are based on the gaming tests only. First of all, let’s check out the difference between the new GeForce GTX Titan and the GeForce GTX 680, the latter serving as a baseline.

The Titan is 34-47% ahead at 1920x1080 and 39-55% ahead at 2560x1440 on average across all the tests. We can note that it enjoys a larger advantage at high image quality settings, particularly when full-screen antialiasing is turned on. Its large amount of onboard memory with a 384-bit bus shows its worth then. The increased number of shader processors, texture-mapping units and raster operators available in the GK110 chip shouldn’t be forgotten, too.

Next, let’s see how slower the GeForce GTX Titan is in comparison with the dual-processor GeForce GTX 690. We can remind you that both come at the same recommended price of $999.

Excepting the odd results in F1 2012, the Titan follows behind the GTX 690 at about the same distance in each game. It is 12 to 17% slower at 1920x1080 across all the gaming tests and 7 to 19% slower at 2560x1440. By the way, the influence of the increased amount of onboard memory and its interface can be observed here, too.

When the GeForce GTX Titan is overclocked from 837/876/6008 MHz to 973/1011/7268 MHz, the gap from the GeForce GTX 690 narrows. The overclocked Titan even wins some of our tests:

The last pair of summary diagrams doesn’t comply with the topic of our review, yet we want to compare the GeForce GTX 680 and the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition. We compared the GTX 680 against the HD 7970 about a year ago, finding the Nvidia card superior in most tests. However, AMD has not only dropped the recommended price of its hi-end offer since then but has also increased its clock rates from 925/5500 to 1050/6000 MHz (hence the GHz Edition naming). Some driver optimizations have been implemented in both Catalyst and GeForce suites, too, and there are new games available. So, here’s what we have in this competition right now:

As we can see, the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition is on the winning side now, which is bad news for Nvidia. It is only in Borderlands 2, in the high-quality mode of Total War: Shogun 2 – Fall of the Samurai and in F1 2012 (without MSAA) that the GeForce GTX 680 comes out the winner. The Radeon is ahead in every other game.

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