Before proceeding to our tests, we want to note that the GeForce GTX Titan was tested under standard conditions, just like the rest of the graphics cards, in its default operation mode, i.e. inside a computer case, with its default power, voltage and temperature targets, and with its fan regulated automatically. But in the overclocked mode, the GeForce GTX Titan was tested in an open computer case, with its fan set at maximum speed, and with the power and temperature targets set manually at their highest levels.
The new card takes a brisk start in our tests. While the GeForce GTX 680 is equal to the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition here, the new single-GPU flagship from Nvidia is over 33% faster than either of them. On the other hand, the GeForce GTX Titan can’t match the dual-processor GeForce GTX 690: the gap is about 5% even if the Titan is overclocked.
We can see the same picture in each of the three tests from the newest version of 3DMark. The GeForce GTX Titan is up to 44% faster than the GeForce GTX 680 and 4 to 16% slower than the GeForce GTX 690. Overclocking helps it get closer to the leader, though. Take note that the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition is faster than the GeForce GTX 680 here, so the Titan improves Nvidia's overall standing in this benchmark.
Unigine Heaven Bench
And once again we see the GeForce GTX 680 equaling the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition, the latter having but a very small advantage, whereas the GeForce GTX Titan is much faster than either of them. The Titan is actually 45% faster than Nvidia’s previous single-GPU flagship and even challenges the dual-processor GeForce GTX 690 when overclocked. At the default settings the GTX 690 is 32% faster than the Titan, however. That's quite a lot considering that they come at the same recommended price.
Unigine Valley Bench
This benchmark shows the same picture as Unigine Heaven. We guess we’ll be using only one out of these two Unigine tests in our future reviews.
Resident Evil 6 Bench
The new Resident Evil 6 benchmark measures performance in points, too.
We can see the GeForce GTX 680 rival the Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition successfully and fall behind the GeForce GTX Titan by 22 to 28%. There is also an 18 to 42% gap between the Titan and the GTX 690, the Titan being unable to bridge it by means of overclocking.
Let’s now see what we have in actual games.