Nvidia’s Titan arrives to take the performance crown – 36 Performance Benchmarks

Test Configuration & Driver Release Notes

Test Configuration

Test Configuration – Hardware

  • Intel Core i7 3770K (overclocked to 4.5GHz); Turbo is on.
  • EVGA Z77 FTW motherboard (Intel Z77 chipset, latest beta BIOS, PCIe 3.0 specification; CrossFire/SLI 16x+16x using Plex chip.)
  • 8GB Kingston DDR3 PC1866 Kingston RAM (4×2 GB, dual-channel at 1866MHz; supplied by Kingston)
  • Cooler Master Seiden 240M CPU Water cooler, supplied by Cooler Master
  • Nvidia GTX Titan (6GB, 836/6008MHz, reference clocks), supplied by Nvidia
  • Nvidia GTX 680 (2GB, 1006/6008MHz, reference clocks), supplied by Nvidia
  • Nvidia GTX 690 (4GB, 1006/6008MHz, reference clocks), supplied by Nvidia
  • Nvidia GTX 590 (4GB, 1607/1707MHz, reference clocks), supplied by Nvidia
  • Power Color Radeon HD 7970 (3GB, overclocked to GHz speeds 1050/6000MHz)
  • AMD HD 6990, reference clocks, supplied by AMD
  • Onboard Realtek Audio
  • Genius SP-HF 800A speakers, two pairs in 4.0 Quadraphonic configuration, supplied by Genius
  • Two identical 500 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 hard drives configured and set up identically from drive image; one partition for Nvidia GeForce drivers and one for ATI Catalyst drivers
  • Two Kingston 240GB HyperX SSDs used for frame time measurement.  Supplied by Kingston
  • Thermaltake ToughPower 775W power supply unit supplied by Thermaltake
  • Thermaltake Overseer RX-I full tower case, supplied by Thermaltake
  • Philips DVD SATA writer
  • HP LP3065 2560×1600 thirty inch LCD
  • ASUS VG278 27″ 3D Vision 2 Ready 120Hz display; and three 23″ VG248 3D Vision Ready 120Hz displays used for Surround/Eyefinity, supplied by ASUS.

Test Configuration – Software

  • ATi Catalyst 13-2 Beta 5 drivers; highest quality mip-mapping set in the driver; use application settings; surface performance optimizations are off
  • NVIDIA GeForce Beta 313.96 for the GTX 590/680/690. GeForce 314.09 launch drivers for the GTX Titan and 314.07 for the GTX 690 and GTX 680 for testing 5760×1080 only. High Quality; Single-display Performance mode; Prefer Maximum Performance
  • Windows 7 64-bit; very latest updates
  • Latest DirectX
  • All games are patched to their latest versions.
  • vsync is forced off in the control panels.
  • Varying AA enabled as noted in games; all in-game settings are specified with 16xAF always applied; 16xAF forced in control panel for Crysis.
  • All results show average frame rates
  • Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games.
  • Windows 7 64, all DX9 titles were run under DX9 render paths, DX10 titles were run under DX10 render paths and DX11 titles under DX11 render paths.

The Benchmarks

  • Synthetic
    • Vantage
    • 3DMark 11
    • 3D Mark 2013 Firestrike/Firestrike Extreme
    • Heaven 3.0/4.0
    • Valley 1.0
    • Left 4 Dead 2
    • Serious Sam 3 BFE
    • Alan Wake: Ameican Nightmare
    • The Witcher 2
    • Borderlands 2
    • Crysis
    • Far Cry 2
    • Just Cause 2
    • World-in-Conflict: Soviet Assault
    • Resident Evil 5
  • BattleForge
  • Alien vs. Predator
  • STALKER, Call of Pripyat
  • Metro 2033
  • F1 2010
  • H.A.W.X. 2
  • Lost Planet 2
  • Total War: Shogun II
  • Civilization V
  • Crysis 2
  • Dirt 3
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Battlefield 3
  • Max Payne 3
  • the Secret World
  • Sleeping Dogs
  • Sniper Elite V2
  • Hitman: Absolution
  • Assassin’s Creed III


The above is our test bench. We may also be able to cover some frame time comparisons in a follow-up article.  Titan generally “feels” quite smooth even compared to the GTX 680. Let’s head to our overclocking section.



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Founder and Senior Editor of ABT.

11 Responses

  1. Bo_Fox says:

    Wow, so you’re actually able to use the 7970 for these games at 5760, at
    PLAYABLE frame rate, with PhysX @ HIGH, running on the CPU?

    Wow! GTX 680 isn’t any faster than 7970GE by much at all…. whoa! Batman: AC and Borderlands 2????

    So, GTX 680 basically loses its PhysX advantage right there! HMMMMM?????

    You rule! Since no other sites are showing this!

  2. Bo_Fox says:

    Also, your site is basically the only site to still include BOTH GTX 590
    and HD 6990 with the latest drivers, compared against each other more
    than 1.5 year after release!

    Another golden one for ABT!

    89 BENCHMARK RESULTS FOR EACH CARD (no minimum or maximum crap, or
    low-resolution crap, or anything else – just 1080p, 25×16, 3x1080p, and
    PhysX)! (While also wisely selecting the maximum playable settings for
    each game for the article!)

    Isn’t that the new record or what? For any review site out there on the internet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. DOOM$ says:

    so dusty lol

  4. Bo_Fox says:

    Oh, Apoppin explained the PhysX results – that the average does not represent the minimums very well, especially when PhysX comes into play. So, never mind my first comment!

  5. nod says:

    all other sites usually show titan,690,680 and 7970….590 and 6990 maybe older gen…but they are also still high end cards and should be mentioned more in the benchmarks….so a big thank you for a comprehensive comparison

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