Ever wondered what a $3000 graphics card can do? Geforce GTX TITAN-Z gets reviewed

When NVIDIA introduced the Geforce GTX TITAN-Z, everyone gasped at their price – after all, $3000 consumer graphics cards are not a sight you see every day. Media coverage has been a bit sparse, since NVIDIA didn’t actually have many review samples available.

Now that the card has retail availability, journalists (that can afford it) are starting to review it more consistently. Hilbert Hagedoorn over at Guru3D pulled some strings and got a card to review, and he has given it the full treatment. Here’s a part of the review:

We had to pull a string or two here and there, but we are proud to report that today we will review the GeForce GTX Titan Z. A card that created a lot of controversy, as such we’ll go in-depth once again to see whether or not this 2850 EUR product even has a chance to compete with the 1300 EUR AMD Radeon R9 295×2. We test the product with the hottest games like Thief, Watch Dogs, Battlefield 4 and many more. We’ll look at Ultra HD gaming, thermal imaging and heat response, we’ll overclock it, we’ll fire off FCAT at it. In short, you are in for a 30 page treat today.

So what exactly is the Titan Z? Well, just like the GeForce GTX Titan Black and the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, the GeForce GTX Titan Z is based on two GK110 GPUs with the distinction that it has been plastered onto one PCB and covered with a humongous 3-slot cooler. The Silicons in use are based on GK110-400 GPUs, same stuff as the aforementioned cards, yet with minor changes. The recipe for the GTX Titan Z is impressive though, as the product has the full 15 Streaming clusters, thus 2880 Shader Processing Units per GPU, enabled. That’s 240 TMUs and 48 ROPs on a 384-bit memory interface of fast 6GB GDDR5 allocated per GPU. So you can double that up. But in a nutshell the card uses two 45 mm × 45 mm 2397-pin S-FCBGA GK110b GPUs with 2880 shader/stream/CUDA processors — thus 5760 Shader processors. This will give the GeForce Titan Z a cool 8 TeraFLOPS of performance.

Head over to Guru3D to check out the card’s monstrous performance.

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