Battle of the Graphic Cards: Titan Z Takes on The R9 295X2 – and Fails

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Graphic Cards: Which is better? Titan Z or The R9 295X2??

When the Titan Z was released last month, it carried with it a price of about $3000. A dual-core offering, packaged as an improvement of its full GK110 model, it went head on with the cheaper R9 295X2 from AMD, which was priced at around $1500. It was obvious that, from the price alone, AMD would?ve been the more logical choice, so Nvidia?s card?s price would?ve been performance worthy for it to carry such a large number. Sad to say, though, that wasn?t the case, as its low clock (in comparison with the GTX 780 Ti or the Titan Black) should have a hard time competing even with Nvidia?s other products.

A new review came out, and what had been theorized had proven true. It just goes to show how badly the card compared with AMD, and even Nvidia cards.

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A rigorous performance test was done to see just how badly the card is left behind. Its rival, the R9 295X2, just paces past it at a whopping 35%, while the GTX 780 Ti SLI handily beats it, clocking at around 10-15% faster. Nothing can be said of the Titan Z, when the GTX 780 Ti clocks in at around 876 MHz compared to a paltry 706 MHz for it. An additional RAM could be the answer for it, but in the cases of other more heavier titles, the Titan Z just begs for understanding.

The low results are expected because the Titan Z is just too slow, but for Nvidia to have placed it in a price and niche like it did, it just goes to show how they clearly didn?t do enough studying. The lone situational improvement for it to make sense was for it to be deployed in a double rack setting. While it is not as strong as most other cards, in a two or three slot motherboard, the Titan Z could give a lot more GPU juice and a full-speed double precision. The double-precision power that it carries is one of the main strengths of this card.

Another case in point could be that the Titan Z is less of a power-hungry monster than its cousin, the GTX 780 Ti. It consumes less power than the 780 Ti, making power problems considerably less worrying. When put in a single rig, it does give you the benefit of having multiple GPUs with as much CUDA power as possible. Still, most buyers would?ve recommended using a Tesla-based product instead.

It wouldn?t be easy for Nvidia to fix this. They could opt to do an AMD and build something that?s liquid cooled, but that would defeat the purpose for which they thought Titan Z would be so unique, the clocks. The next best thing to do is to move one and try to rebound from the sure losses that are about to come in. It?s not going to matter much because it?s already out of the discussion when compared to other AMD or even Nvidia cards.

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This is one battle where AMD managed to pull the trigger ahead of Nvidia. While they may have a longer time trying to fix the problem that is the Titan Z, it might be better to push ahead with other projects.

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