Hong Kong publication publishes a review of Nvidia’s MIA card and proves why Nvidia is hesitant to release it.
Nvidia’s GeForce GTX Titan Z is still missing in action. Due out last week, out of pride the company hasn’t yet officially announced to the public what it intends to do with the card — be it redesign it from the ground up or cancel it — letting it sit in “indefinitely delayed” purgatory for the time being. Now, a Hong Kong-based publication has shed some light into why Nvidia has yet to release it’s $2,999 card: it’s simply non-competitive against the Radeon R9 295X2.
According to a review published by Hong Kong’s E-Zone (a print magazine), and spotted first by Linus Tech Tips forum member Dipper 315, the much cheaper Radeon R9 295X2 beats or ties the GTX Titan Z in most tests. The Radeon R9 295X2 has a better 3D Mark Firestrike score, but the Titan Z beats it in Nvidia-optimized titles such as Batman Arkham Origins. The GTX Titan Z does have a slightly better power draw, using 60W less than the Radeon R9 295X2 under heavy load.
Crunching these numbers a more economical option than the GTX Titan Z is simply buying four GTX 780 Ti cards, though two of these cards in SLI would be a much better deal in price-performance.
Who knows what Nvidia will do now. The company is known for it’s hubris, but what will save for face: cancelling the card outright and getting its loyal press to ignore the issue? Or redesign the card and release it in a few weeks, citing the ambiguous target of a Q2 release date?
Source: Linus Tech Tips Forum