NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Gaming Reviewccokeman - February 21, 2013
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Testing:
Temperature testing will be accomplished by loading the video card to 100% using Unigine's Heaven Benchmark Version 3.0, with MSI's Afterburner overclocking utility for temperature monitoring. I will be using a resolution of 1920x1200 using 8xAA and a five-run sequence to run the test, ensuring that the maximum thermal threshold is reached. The fan speed will be left in the control of the driver package and video card's BIOS for the stock load test, with the fan moved to 100% to see the best possible cooling scenario for the overclocked load test. The idle test will involve a 20-minute cool-down, with the fan speeds left on automatic in the stock speed testing and bumped up to 100% when running overclocked.
- Monitoring with MSI Afterburner
- Unigine Heaven 4.0 1920x1080 8x AA
- 5-run sequence
- 20-minute idle duration
- Temperature measured in degrees Celsius
Temperature testing the GTX Titan is a bit odd when you look at how the target temperatures are used to manage performance levels under GPU Boost 2.0. At stock speeds using the default fan parameters, the GTX Titan runs right up to the target temperature of 80 °C.The tradeoff is that even at 80 °C the card is just a quiet as can be. Ramping the fans up does pay dividends by keeping the card right around 60 °C under load allowing the Boost clock to stay as high as possible. Running the GTX Titan with the fans maxed out does bring along some noise, however this noise is more so reminiscent of a GTX 680 at full song than anything else. Where the GTX Titan excels even further is when put into a chassis.