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Crossfire is still riddled with stuttering and various other bugs while SLI has its own set of teething problems. This unfortunate situation leaves the TITAN’s position in the market relatively unscathed since it can deliver consistently high performance with none of the dual card solutions’ excess drama. Is that actually worth potentially hundreds of dollars more than a competing SLI or Crossfire setup with lower priced GPUs? For a discerning gamer with enough cash, absolutely
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Ignoring the frame time pics....


The Titan does very well for a single gpu card.
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An interesting read though it only adds one more data point to what many of us already knew. The thing I think people should notice is that even with the limited 2GB vram the GTX 680 SLI preforms very well at 5780x1080p. You can make the argument about the titan been more smooth but If you ask me SLI and crossfire have proven to be smooth enough and its only when "real" microsutter shows up that there is a problem and that is quite rare.


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600 bucks gets me a solid 7950 CF that beats out the Titan and I would have 400 bucks left in my pocket to buy games or hwatever else I want. That is the decision I would make if I was looking for a new and high end solution at the moment. 1000 bucks for a video card that doesn't perform as well as a 600 dollar solution? PLEASE
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600 bucks gets me a solid 7950 CF that beats out the Titan and I would have 400 bucks left in my pocket to buy games or hwatever else I want. That is the decision I would make if I was looking for a new and high end solution at the moment. 1000 bucks for a video card that doesn't perform as well as a 600 dollar solution? PLEASE
Then again titan uses less power and takes up less space footprint that crossfire. Its all about bragging rights as of now.
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Ignoring the frame time pics....


The Titan does very well for a single gpu card.

Titan is 41% slower then 7970 Xfire yet costs 28.5% more. Great work Nvidia thumb.gif
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Then again titan uses less power and takes up less space footprint that crossfire. Its all about bragging rights as of now.

What bragging rights? People who benchmark dont use a single card. We use multiple ones.

"Ask any benchmarker, any real benchmarker. It doesnt matter if you win by a fraction of a fps or a single fps. winning's winning" biggrin.gif
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Then again titan uses less power and takes up less space footprint that crossfire. Its all about bragging rights as of now.
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600 bucks gets me a solid 7950 CF that beats out the Titan and I would have 400 bucks left in my pocket to buy games or hwatever else I want. That is the decision I would make if I was looking for a new and high end solution at the moment. 1000 bucks for a video card that doesn't perform as well as a 600 dollar solution? PLEASE
just sayin, What about all that heat from dual cards? All the issues associated with CF(X)? Games that dont support CF(X)? Titans also got a bit of compute power and better likely for users who want to fold.
Plus a Titan is downright beautiful redface.gif
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Titan is 41% slower then 7970 Xfire yet costs 28.5% more. Great work Nvidia thumb.gif
What bragging rights? People who benchmark dont use a single card. We use multiple ones.
"Ask any benchmarker, any real benchmarker. It doesnt matter if you win by a fraction of a fps or a single fps. winning's winning"

I totally agree with you.

I was just lookign at the performance. Would I buy titan over 7970? Hellz no.
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What bragging rights? People who benchmark dont use a single card. We use multiple ones.

The score that brings the most bragging rights is single GPU 3dm11 WR on hwbot. (or if CPUs are included, CPU frequency WR)

The OCN heaven/3dmark scene with 4 GPUs probably consists of 10 people or less due to price reasons. There's no "benchers use multiple cards", the only thing that's important is that a person who likes to bench pushes his/her hardware to the absolute max, no matter the hardware. That's why I like hwbot, you don't need lots of expensive hardware to compete and you actually have competition (both in the OC league for extreme coolers and enthusiast league for those who do not like sub zero).
 
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Yea i read this yesterday. Funny thing is this guy never once complained about AMD GPUs stuttering before the Titan launched. I've been a HW canucks reader for awhile (as it's a Canadian site and reviews take CAD pricing in consideration) and he has never had any complaints about stutter on AMD. Even when he reviewed the 7990....

Now suddenly it's game breaking and all dramatic rolleyes.gif

I think SKYMTL will probably enter this thread and i'd love to know why he didn't talk about this awful, terrible stutter before.... and why he burns the 7970GHz on it's noise when he said himself in his own 7970GHz review that noise isn't a concern because of the abundance of non-reference coolers...

Also his statement that overclocking does not improve frametimes at all is completely false, the proof is right there with the HD7950, a faster card (in this case the 7970) gets better frametimes the faster it is the quicker it renders frames the better the latency. This was apparent in TechReports older reviews where the GTX570 got horrible frametimes in comparison to the GTX580 and the 6950 got worse frametimes than the 6970.

I'm not trying to give AMD a free pass here, looking at those charts crossfire is an embarassment in comparison to SLi when it comes to latency and considering the 7970s are older than the GTX680s this should have been fixed a long times ago.
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