NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan was an absolute beast when it launched. With 7.1 billion transistors and an architecture that separated itself from high-end consumer GPUs, the Titan was worthy of its name. It took 9 months for NVIDIA to make a gaming focused version: the GeForce GTX 780 Ti. Although the 780 Ti gave up double precision floating point performance (FP64) and 3GB of GDDR5, it made up for the deficit by enabling all 15 SMXs and running its memory at a 16% higher frequency. The result was that Titan was a better compute card, while the 780 Ti was better for gamers. You couldn't have both, you had to choose one or the other.

Today NVIDIA is letting its compute-at-home customers have their cake and eat it too with the GeForce GTX Titan Black. The Titan Black is a full GK110 implementation, just like the GTX 780 Ti, with all of the compute focused-ness of the old GTX Titan. That means you get FP64 performance that's only 1/3 of the card's FP32 performance (compared to 1/24 with the 780 Ti). It also means that there's a full 6GB of GDDR5 on the card, up from 3GB on the 780 Ti.

  GTX Titan Black GTX 780 Ti GTX Titan GTX 780
Stream Processors 2880 2880 2688 2304
Texture Units 240 240 224 192
ROPs 48 48 48 48
Core Clock 889MHz 875MHz 837MHz 863MHz
Boost Clock 980MHz 928MHz 876MHz 900MHz
Memory Clock 7GHz GDDR5 7GHz GDDR5 6GHz GDDR5 6GHz GDDR5
Memory Bus Width 384-bit 384-bit 384-bit 384-bit
VRAM 6GB 3GB 6GB 3GB
FP64 1/3 FP32 1/24 FP32 1/3 FP32 1/24 FP32
TDP 250W 250W 250W 250W
Transistor Count 7.1B 7.1B 7.1B 7.1B
Manufacturing Process TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm TSMC 28nm
Launch Date 2/18/14 11/07/13 02/21/13 05/23/13
Launch Price $999 $699 $999 $649

Unlike the original Titan, there are no compromises on frequency. The memory runs at a full 7GHz data rate just like the 780 Ti. The GK110 core and boost clocks are up by 1.6% and 5.6% compared to the 780 Ti, respectively. Compared to the original Titan we're talking about anywhere from a 13.8% to a 19.9% increase in performance on compute bound workloads or a 16.7% increase on memory bandwidth bound workloads.

Gaming performance should be effectively equal to the 780 Ti. NVIDIA doesn't expect a substantial advantage from the core/boost clock gains and thus didn't bother with a sampling program for the Titan Black.

The heatsink looks identical to the original Titan, just in black (like the 780 Ti). We've got dissection shots in the gallery below.

We've heard availability will be limited on the GeForce GTX Titan Black. Cards will retail for $999, just like the original Titan.

The Titan Black should be a no-compromises card that can deliver on both gaming and compute fronts. It's clear that NVIDIA wants to continue to invest in the Titan brand, the only question going forward is what will it replace GK110 with and when.

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  • ShieTar - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - link

    1. Not remotely true, you can get both white and black high emissivity paints.
    2. All the fins are located next to more fins. The cooler would just radiate into itself, with little to no net cooling effect.
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  • nevertell - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - link

    We both know that no paint would be better, if possible. But purely theoretically speaking, it doesn't matter if most of the pins would be irradiating to each other, it's the net result of heat radiation radiating away from the heatsink that matters. Look at it this way, black absorbs more than white, why would you want to absorb more heat when the sole purpose of a heatsink is to remove heat from a particular source ?
    And all of this in the end is meaningless as we're talking fractions of a degree here.
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  • extide - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - link

    Heh, I doubt it's painted at all, rather anodised. Reply
  • SlyNine - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - link

    Were talking about transferring thermal energy. You're providing frames of reference where there shouldn't be any. It's simply transferring energy from one medium to another. Reply
  • TomFahey - Sunday, February 23, 2014 - link

    I may be able to help here as I've just wrapped up the Blackbody Radiation part of my Quantum Physics module at university.

    A "blackbody" is a perfect absorber of light (hence it's lack of colour). When you take thermal equilibrium into account, this implies that a blackbody must also be a perfect emitter. Therefore, we can qualitatively say that something black will cool down better than something white, assuming there is no more external light for the blackbody to absorb. It should be noted that both the absorption and emission mentioned here pertain only to photon i.e light absorption/emission. How the body absorbs/emits heat in terms of heat conduction/at the molecular level is a completely different story.
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  • svyper1 - Thursday, February 27, 2014 - link

    the argument about black body absorption is pointless as it has nothing to do with that.

    Heat sinks are about heat transfer between materials, by conduction and convection.

    The colour of the heat sink is nothing more than for design
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  • svyper1 - Thursday, February 27, 2014 - link

    Heat sinks are not about absorbing radiation. It is about transferring heat through material - called: conduction and convection.

    Conduction is between solids and convection is between solid and liquid (gas)...

    The colour does not matter as it is not what it is designed for.

    The term "radiator" is a general term for something the transfers heat. It is not to be confused with absorbing and emitting radiation but of heat transference by conduction and convection.
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  • npz - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - link

    The Kepler architecture itself is already compromised, sacrificing good integer, general OpenCL or general purpose compute. Kepler should probably be called SPGPU for specific purpose compute instead Reply
  • eanazag - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - link

    For me, the only value I would see in this is if it supported virtualization like the Grid K1 and K2. At a $1000 it still makes more sense going with AMD 290X s since they are cheaper. It looks like Anand may need to add a bitcoin bench to the GPU bench.

    Speaking of the bench, please ensure future product reviews appear in bench as it seems like so
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  • eanazag - Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - link

    me of the reviews have not been in line with it or submitted to it. Reply

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