First GTX Titan reviews are out.
Skyrim is a game that traditionally scales poorly with multi-GPU, and so it proved with the Titan’s performance at 1,920 x 1,080 with 8x AA when its minimum frame rate of 110fps bettering that of the GTX 690 4GB. At 2,560 x 1,600 with 8x AA the 690 4GB sneaks back in front with a minimum frame rate of 92fps to Titan’s 82fps, although this still sees the GTX Titan Surpass the pair of HD 7970 3GB GHz Editions. In multi-GPU setups Titan looks to be capped at an average of 180fps, with two cards running fractionally quicker than three.
In the Witcher 2 the Titan again tops the single-GPU rankings, but with a minimum frame rate of 85fps at 1,920 x 1,080 with 4x AA cannot better the GTX 690 4GB’s 96fps in the same test. At 2,560 x 1,600 with 4 xAA Titan is significantly out-performed by the dual-GPU 690, which produces a minimum frame rate of 74fps to the Titan’s 55fps. This still represents a 41 per cent improvement over the GTX 680 2GB however, and is only 6fps behind the minimum frame rate of a pair of HD 7970 GHz Editions.
Power consuption is surprisingly frugal and the card is up to 50% faster than any other single GPU card around. If you have £900 to spend on graphics, I'd get a single Titan over SLI, just because single GPU has better driver support than SLI or x-fire. Value is still dreadful, since you're probably paying for £400 worth of epeen.