NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z

The first NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z review has hit the web from Dr.Lee (aka DGLee) testing the card at a high resolution of 5K. During its announcement at GTC 2014, NVIDIA called the GeForce GTX Titan Z as the first 5K compatible graphics card in one of their slides but does it lives up to the claim of being the fastest graphics card in terms of 5K gaming performance?

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Official

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Review – Gets Tested At 5K Resolution

Now some of you may remember that a review of the card from an Asian source leaked prior to this but it wasn’t as brief and looked a lot more like a preview of the card. In case you missed the previous news, NVIDIA has failed to launch the GeForce GTX Titan Z which was originally planned for launch on 29th April yet was delayed to 8th May after which it was delayed indefinitely with no words on a new launch schedule by NVIDIA. The only reason to be blamed by several retailers were blamed to be software and driver issues which is taking NVIDIA so long to get the card released that it has missed its launch date twice. If that isn’t enough, the performance of the card is no where as good as was expected against its direct competitor and the much cheaper, Radeon R9 295X2 from AMD.

The GeForce GTX Titan Z is manufactured with two GK110-350-B1 chips under its hood that pack 7.1 billion transistors each. The GeForce GTX Titan Z replaces the GeForce GTX 690 boasting dual-GK110 cores compared to dual-GK104 cores on its predecessor. The GeForce GTX Titan Z will feature two GK110 cores with 5760 Cuda Cores, 448 TMUs and 96 ROPs. The card features a 384-bit x 2 bus which will run across a massive 12 GB VRAM. This is an impressive feature giving developers and games an unprecedented amount of VRAM for use. The memory is clocked at 7 GHz effective clock speed. The core clock speeds are maintained at 705 MHz base and 876 MHz boost clock and the card features a maximum single precision performance of 8.1 TFlops and 2.3 TFlops of double precision.


We finally have some news direct from the top of Intel Managment about the release schedule of Intel Broadwell. This is following the official release of Z97 boards. Intel Broadwell has many enhancements over the current Haswell. It should be kept in mind that Broadwell is not a new micro-architecture series in itself, but a reduced die version of the current Intel Haswell. Apart from a reduced Fab (14nm from 22nm), Broadwell will utilize HT and Turbo Boost 2.0. It will also have 20% more EU’s over Haswell, which includes support for DX 11.1, Open-GL 4.2 and CL 1.2/2. We previously informed you in details about new information learned.

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich speaks with an Intel employee at the Maker's Faire in San Mateo

Intel CEO Gives Guarantee On Upcoming Launch Of Broadwell This Holiday Season – After Repeated Production Delays

We previously informed about the updates in Broadwell’s release map. This was after continuous delays in the entire range. The processors were initially planned to enter mass production in late 2013 Intel was continuously suffering from low yield rates. These led to a higher number of defects, leading to delays. Intel was sketchy on official word regarding its release as well. Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich in Intel’s most recent Quarterly call with analysts had given a vague answer saying that chips were expected to be with partners in the ‘second half’ of this year. Well, he has been more precise this time. In a conference call with Reuters, we will now see products featuring Broadwell at the last quarter this year i.e. this holiday season. “I can guarantee for holiday, and not at the last second of holiday,” he said.  This makes the company and it’s partners miss the pre-school going season. This is around late August and offers vendors a boost in their sales due to PC purchases for the school season. “Back to school – that’s a tight one,” he added. “Back to school you have to really have it on-shelf in July, August. That’s going to be tough.” It should be noted that this window has been yielding lesser returns for PC makers as the years pass.


A couple of days back we leaked the entire lineup of the Mobile Kaveri Series and the Dedicated Crystal GPU Series. Well AMD has just confirmed the same in the APU 14 Conference along with some very interesting points. It turns out that the new Kaveri will actually be based on a ‘revolutionary’ hybrid architecture, namely a combination of the Steamroller and Excavator Architecture.

AMD Mobile Kaveri APU to feature a Steamroller-Excavator Hybrid Architecture Design – 4 CPU Cores and 8 GPU Cores

Of course when AMD says 12 Compute Cores they actually mean 8 GPU Cores and 4 CPU Cores. Interestingly the 4 CPU Cores will be based on a combination of Steamroller and Excavator Architecture. Now, to be honest, I am not entirely sure how that works but then again there was the SteamrollerB core we heard so much about a while back. The slides make it clear that its coming “soon” Now we already know the entire lineup, heck we even know have the benchmarks against ULV Haswell , so thats not really a surprise in the coming. The most interesting part for me of this more or less expected reveal remains the ‘hybrid’ architecture. Those of you who missed our previous leaks, here is a recap on the lineup:

The flagship of the Mobile Kaveri Series is an OEM Only Product. The consumer products actually start from the A10-7400P and consists of a total of 7 APUs in descending orders of power. We also received some very interesting the benchmarks, namely the mobile Kaveri series pit against the not-released-yet Haswell Refresh. The OEM flagship consumes 35Ws of juice (CPU + GPU) and is built on the Radeon R7 series.  The CPU is clocked at 2.7Ghz with a boost clock of 3.6 Ghz. The GPU is clocked at 600 Mhz with 666Mhz boost and has 512 GCN Cores. The FX-7600P houses 4MB of L2 Cache.  The Retail flagship A10-7400P consumes the same amount of power but only has 384 GCN Cores along with lower CPU clock rates. It is built on the Radeon R6 Series. We also have 4 ULV APUs, namely the FX-7500, A10-7300, A8-7100 and the A6-7000.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z

The much awaited gaming monster – Nvidia’s GeForce GTX Titan Z was due to be launched in April. Yet it looks like Nvidia has landed itself into some serious trouble with the card still not being launched in the market, despite it being the mid of May. It has been speculated that the launch of the card has been delayed due to some software issues. Well, we have updates for you in that regard. Variants of the GeForce GTX Titan Z have showed up on Ebay and Amazon, with surprising prices.


The GeForce GTX Titan Z priced at $3,999 On Both the Retailers – Zotac And EVGA Production Cards Available

With a launch date of 29th April, the GeForce GTX Titan Z was to boast some impressive specifications. These include Nvidia’s GK110 core architecture, dual cores with 5760 cuda cores, 448 TMUs and 96 ROPs coupled with a massive 12gb VRAM. The card has been designed for gamers and developers both in mind. However, we have repeatedly seen delays regarding its release, with reasons being related to software and driver issues. Well we have more news for you in this regard. Variants of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX Titan Z have appeared on both Amazon and Ebay. The one sold on Amazon is Zotac GeForce GTX Titan Z. Specifications cited are 12 GB of DDR5, PCI-Express 3.0 and a base clock of 705Mhz and boost clock 876 Mhz. The card has a power rating of 375 Watts. The seller is SabreZ and the card is priced at $ 3,999. The card is in stock with the traditional shipping price of $10.49.

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One of our most reliable sources, SweClockers,com has reported that the AMD Tonga GPU will actually be poised to replace the R9 280 and R9 280X respectively. That means that when we learned of the existence of this class a few days back thanks to our friends over at Videocardz.com the exact tier was speculated to be mid-range at best. However this new information seems to suggest that Tonga is actually the Early-High End Lineup of AMD.

AMD Tonga GPUNot an Official AMD Slide.

AMD Tonga GPU could have 265 Bit Bus Width and 7Ghz vRam – Potential Nomenclature is Radeon R9 285

So basically, AMD Tonga GPU will replace the now aged Tahiti core, it also means that performance wise, it will be faster than the current Maxwell cards; namely the Geforce GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti. According to the same source, the circuit actually looks like a scaled down variant of Hawaii albeit with a 256 Bit memory bus. AMD will probably compensate for this by using faster Memory Modules so 7 GHZ GDDR5 RAM is definitely on the table. We also no have word on pricing though the expected launch date is third quarter of 2014, probably August or September.


Word on the street is that Galaxy will soon make a watercooled addition to it’s Hall of Fame premium card series. The HOF series was launched by Galaxy in 2010. It consists of cherry picked reference GPUs with design upgrades to achieve greater performance specifications. According to Galaxy, the cards have been solely designed to enter the 3D Mark Hall Of Fame. HOF cards are generally air-cooled and this is what makes the appearance of this waterblock interesting. It now most likely means that a watercooled HOF will be released somewhere in the near future.


Waterblock in Traditional White Galaxy HOF Design. Can Cover Entire PCB.

Courtesy of our friends over at chinadiy.com, we have been able to get our hands on some pictures of the waterblock. It is rather elegantly designed, with the main portion of the waterbody being white. Only the metal plate with the model name is in metal. The color choice of the card falls in line with the HOF. However, that is the only thing that it sticks to. This reveal marks the first watercooled GPU of the HOF series. The body, as we can see in the picture above is quite large. This will allow the waterblock to be fully covered, in addition to efficient cooling of the GPU. Also, this complete covering of the PCB also ensures that the graphic card will remain stable during performance intense operations. This is because the memory and power supply components will also be covered and give more room for overclocking.

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This week, Russian enthusiasts Smoke and Atheros have managed to overclock AMD’s Radeon R9 290X. The core frequency on the card was pushed to 1575 MHz. The R9 290X has a stock frequency of 1000 Mhz and is based on Hawaii. It is coupled with 2816 stream processors and also has 4 GB of GDDR5.


R9 290X Core And Boost Frequency Overclocked to 1500/1700 MHz Respectively. First Position in 3D Mark 11 with 23,260 Points

The R9 290X has stock core frequency specification of 1000 Mhz and a turbo frequency of 1500 MHz. Smoke and Atheros have managed to push this to 1500 and 1700 MHz with a power rating of 1.475/1.7 V. SLI/Crossfire on the card was off. This makes for the first position in the 3D Mark 11 benchmark with a score of 23,260 points. It also makes for a Global Rank of 6 for 1x GPUs. The number of UHP points gained using R9 290X is 18, which also gets a top global position. The processor used in the overclocking process is Intel’s Core i7-4960x. The processor has been officially rated for a frequency of 4 Ghz (3600 MHz). It has 6 cores with LGA2011 and a TDP rating of 130 W. The 3600 core frequency on the processor was overclocked to 5893 MHz. Through liquid nitrogen, the temperature was kept at -110 degrees.


You would be forgiven for thinking that this particular Black Edition means 6GB worth of GDDR5 memory because of the similarity to Titan Black, but this particular GTX 750 Ti Black Edition is just a very market aware use of nomenclature on Gigabyte’s part to sell a particularly good variant of the Maxwell GTX 750 Ti. Of course the Wind force 2x Cooling system will leave a lot of headroom for over clocking as well, not to mention the rigorous stress testing it has gone through means some serous stability for server uses.


Gigabyte Launches GTX 750 Ti BLACK Edition with 2GB GDDR5 Memory and Windforce 2X Cooling System – Targeting Server Market

The card has no relation to the GTX Titan Black in any way whatsoever. However these series of cards had to pass 168 Hours of difficult stress testing to earn the “black” suffix and will come with a certificate of the same. This will mean that this hardware is server ready because a 168 Hour long stress test is usually sufficient for even the most difficult of circumstances. This card is very subtly aimed at the server market as well as the usual game market. The Maxwell 750 Ti is one of the two most energy efficient GPUs in this spectrum and with the high stability rating, it would be a good option for server grade work. For example these would be ideal in a low level server or a cluster compute setup using Maxwell 750 Ti Blacks and LGA 2011 Intel parts. Cost effective while keeping the power consumption under check.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z

NVIDIA has got in some deep mess with their GeForce GTX Titan Z as the launch of the card was planned for April 2014 yet the card hasn’t been launched in market as of yet. If that’s not enough, a review of the card leaked just a few days ago which showed lower performance than its much lower priced competitor, the Radeon R9 295X2.NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Retail

Image Courtesy of Overclockers.Co.Uk!

Retailers Await NVIDIA’s Greenlight For GeForce GTX Titan Z Launch

Now you must be wondering what went wrong with the launch? Performance and design aside, it has been said on several occasions that NVIDIA delayed the card due to unfinished drivers since they want their card to be out with proper support for games and applications. The development of software for the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z has led the card to face several delays and it still remains unknown when does NVIDIA plan to launch the card officially.

While there has been some misinformation spread on several forums and communities that the card has been cancelled due to poor performance, that’s not true at all. The card is ready for deployment and several retailers have access to the GeForce GTX Titan Z in their warehouses. Overclockers.co.uk reports that they have already got retail units of the card ready for launch and are awaiting NVIDIA’s greenlight to officially start selling these cards. Gibbo over at the OCUK Forums has the following to say:

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NVIDIA revealed their Tegra K1 SOC at CES 2014 which will feature the latest Kepler cores along with the 32-bit ARM and 64-bit Denver cores. Yesterday, Xiaomi unveiled their upcoming Xiaomi MiPad that is a 7.9″ tablet and the first device to feature NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 system on chip.Xiaomi MiPad Tegra K1

Xiaomi MiPad To Ship With 32-Bit and 64-Bit Denver Powered Chips

Before heading to the main news, I would like to talk about the Xiaomi MiPad which was introduced yesterday. The MiPad which is a 7.9″ tablet features an IPS display bearing a resolution of 2048×1536 and surrounded by a asymmetrical bezel, plus being available in several different colors which are a nice touch to its design scheme. The design specifications include an 8MP main camera on the back followed by a 5MP camera on the front and the design is mostly simplistic.

On the technical side, the Xiaomi MiPad is the first tablet to feature NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 SOC and would be sold in both 32-bit and 64-bit variants. The Tegra K1 SOC is built on a 28nm HPm process which holds true for the both variants. The dual core variant with Denver CPU and 7 Way superscalar compute will feature the 64-bit ARM v8 cores and 192 Kepler cores with clock frequency of 2.5 GHz while the 32-bit Quad core ARM variant will be clocked at 2.3 GHz. The 64-bit Denver model comes with 128KB + 64KB while the 32-bit variant comes with 128KB + 32KB L1 Cache. Both models will feature a 25.46 Whr (6700mAh) battery, 16 – 64 GB flash storage, Micro SD slots, 802.11 b/g/n wireless and Bluetooth 4.0. Both devices would feature support for Android 4.4 KitKat. Arriving in June 2014 (just around Computex), the price would be set around $240 for the 16 GB and $272 for the 64 GB variant.

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AMD might possibly be preparing their upcoming Tonga GPU to rival against NVIDIA’s GM107 chip based on the Maxwell core, as reported by Videocardz. Just a few days ago, we heard about AMD’s upcoming Volcanic Islands 2.0 graphics cards which include Tonga, Maui and Iceland along with AMD plans to feature HBM High Bandwidth on some of them.AMD Tonga GPU

AMD Possibly Preparing Tonga GPU Architecture For Radeon Cards

The codenames of Tonga, Iceland and Maui have appeared in Catalyst files several times but their reemergence means that AMD has had these chips under development phase for quite some time which may explain why we didn’t saw any new GPU architecture in the sub $299 range of the Radeon R200 series cards. The source reports that the Tonga GPU will not be based on a 20nm architecture nor would it feature the high-bandwidth memory which is due to several reasons.

The Tonga GPU architecture is being built on a new architecture which is presumably the GCN 2.0 design and not the GCN 1.1 architecture which has been featured on Bonaire and Hawaii. The Tonga graphics architecture will be built on the 28nm node from Global Foundries and would feature a new design scheme introducing latest architectural improvements such as new ACE (Asynchronous Compute Engine) Units and more focus towards compute shaders. It is also mentioned that Tonga will retain the basic technologies of the Radeon lineup such as Mantle, TrueAudio and XDMA for CrossFire support.


AMD has announced today a price cut on it’s recently released Radeon R9 280. The R9 280 was announced this March and is one of the company’s lower performing GPUs. Compared to the next R9 280X, the next GPU in the lineup, there are several performance differences between the two. The 280 has a 20% lower clock speed of 5000 when compared to the 280X. In addition, the GPU has a lower turbo clock speed of 925 MHz as well. Other performance differences include lesser shading and computing units and also a lower memory clock speed.


Cryptocoin Mania Subsides. The R9 280 Back to Price Relative to Performance Specification of Other Cards.

The 280 was launched by AMD in March. This was amidst all the bitcoin – litecoin mining craze, In February particularly we saw the 290X’s price briefly touch the $ 900 mark. Considering it’s MSRP was $ 550, this is a substantial increase. AMD’s GPUs were known to perform better at mining, giving more hashing speeds when compared to rival Nvidia’s GPUs, with the R9 290X giving a speed of 790 MH/s. Since all the hype is over now, AMD is now cutting the price of the card to $ 249. It should be kept in mind that amidst the price rocketing of the cards, AMD had not changed it’s MSRPs. This not only led to the company not getting any of that additional dollar change in the price but also had other affects. AMDs entire strategy had evolved around GPU price cuts to increase sales. Some of its GPUs equaled Nvidia’s in performance but were available at lower prices. This increase in overall prices did indeed put the company in quite a pickle.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z review has leaked prior to its launch sometime in Q2 2014 and things don’t look well for the upcoming flagship card from NVIDIA. The GeForce GTX Titan Z is the first graphics card solution featuring NVIDIA high-performance GK110 core architecture which has spanned an entire generation as the GeForce 700 series high-end cards namely the GeForce GTX 780, GeForce GTX 780 Ti, GeForce GTX Titan, GeForce GTX Titan Black and now the GeForce GTX Titan Z. The benchmark was leaked by a Hong Kong based tech site which has been revealed courtesy of Videocardz.NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Review Leaks Prior To Launch

The shocking thing is that there’s no conformation about the cards launch with the reason blamed to be the final drivers which we were are starting to believe would be false and has more to do with the performance of NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z which lacks severely behind its competitor such as the AMD Radeon R9 295X2. The card has been delayed two times during 29th April and 8th May. It looks like the earlier rumor about the boost speeds are true and the card is clocked at 1058 MHz but let’s take a brief look at the specifications before going into the performance section.

The GeForce GTX Titan Z is manufacture red with two GK110-350-B1 chips under its hood that pack 7.1 billion transistors each. The GeForce GTX Titan Z replaces the GeForce GTX 690 boasting dual-GK110 cores compared to dual-GK104 cores on its predecessor. The GeForce GTX Titan Z will feature two GK110 cores with 5760 Cuda Cores, 448 TMUs and 96 ROPs. The card features a 384-bit x 2 bus which will run across a massive 12 GB VRAM. This is an impressive feature giving developers and games an unprecedented amount of VRAM for use. The memory is clocked at 7 GHz effective clock speed. The core clock speeds are maintained at 705 MHz base and 876 MHz boost clock and the card features a maximum single precision performance of 8.1 TFlops and 2.3 TFlops of double precision.

AMD R9 Series Logo

While NVIDIA plans to launch their high-end Maxwell architecture in the second half of 2014, AMD has also plans to introduce their Volcanic Islands 2.0 graphics cards during the same time. Overclock.net Forums have got some interesting details to share regarding the upcoming generation of AMD GPUs and from the looks of it, AMD could be the first graphics company to adopt the HBM Memory design.Die stacking and system

AMD Could Feature Next Generation HBM Memory on Volcanic Islands 2.0

According to a slide revealed by the forums, AMD has already started sampling first generation HBM with their graphics cards. The specifications of the HBM memory are interesting featuring a voltage of 1.2 – 2.5V with the DRAM Die density of 2 Gb per stack, each stack featuring 4 DRAM modules. The bus interface would be 1024-bit wide and the command interface would be the traditional DDR (GDDR for graphics units). Each stack would be made up of a logic die which will feature a 2.5D or 3D interface on which four DRAMs would be stacked. This stacked layer would be fused on the PCB just like the regular memory chips but would deliver high performance as the name suggests (HBM = High Bandwidth Memory). The slide is from December 9th 2013 and is called “Die Stack is Happening” which might give an idea why we have seen so many rebrands within the initial Volcanic Islands launch lineup till now. The following chart shows some difference between GDDR5 and HBM Stacked memory designs:


Disclaimer: The Conclusion given at the end has been given in a completely non-professional capacity. Though the Guidance has been given to the best of my abilities we cannot be held liable in any way whatsoever. Nvidia’s (NASDAQ: NVDA) first quarter fiscal results are out and they have reported an EPS of $0.29 they have successfully beaten analysts expectations of $0.17 (+$0.12) cents which is approximately double. The PC Market is under continuous allegations of being on a generally downward trend but despite of the bearish market, Green managed to pull through. However, the announcement saw some shorts pulling out in an early stock dip.

Nvidia Corporation (NVDA) Q1 FY15 Financial Results are Out – Beats Expectation by 12 Cents, General Growth Despite Bearish PC Market attributed to GPU Sales

NVIDIA Corporation 5th May to 8th May Stock PriceNvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) has seen some impressive sales figures in all its departments this quarter but none of them come close to the sales of the GPUs which account for 81% of the entire Revenue this quarter. However even though GTX sales saw an increase of 14% Y/Y they went down 4% sequentially. On the other hand the Tegra SoC Division accounted for 12.6% of revenue and grew 6% sequentially and 35% yearly, which is very decent growth. The reason for the same is attributed to the increased demand from the automotive industry (+60% Y/Y) and smartphone Industry (partial decline). GRID Computing and Tesla Sales remained strong due to VDI Deployments and an assortment of streaming gaming providers. However the fact remains that both the Tegra and GPU Division accounted for  93.6% of the entire revenue of the business. The increased demand for Maxwell (28m) i.e. the GTX 750 and GTX 750 Ti is attributed to the sales while the notebook sector saw a slight decline in demand. Here is the financial summary of the quarterly:

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