GPUBoss Review Our evaluation of TITAN vs 980 among all GPUs

Gaming

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 21 more

Graphics

T-Rex, Manhattan, Cloud Gate Factor, Sky Diver Factor and 1 more

Computing

Face Detection, Ocean Surface Simulation and 3 more

Performance per Watt

Battlefield 3, Battlefield 4, Bioshock Infinite and 32 more

Noise and Power

TDP, Idle Power Consumption, Load Power Consumption and 2 more

7.9

Overall Score

Winner
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 

GPUBoss recommends the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980  based on its gaming, benchmarks and compute performance.

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Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of GeForce GTX TITAN

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX TITAN

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Much better 3DMark06 score 38,420 vs 17,292 Around 2.2x better 3DMark06 score
Higher memory bandwidth 288.4 GB/s vs 224.4 GB/s Around 30% higher memory bandwidth
Significantly more texture mapping units 224 vs 128 96 more texture mapping units
Higher texture rate 187.3 GTexel/s vs 136.2 GTexel/s Around 40% higher texture rate
Much higher crysis 3 framerate 89.2 fps vs 60.55 fps More than 45% higher crysis 3 framerate
More shading units 2,688 vs 2,048 640 more shading units
Front view of GeForce GTX 980

Reasons to consider the
Nvidia GeForce GTX 980

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Much better 3DMark 11 graphics score 32,943 vs 14,090 More than 2.2x better 3DMark 11 graphics score
Higher clock speed 1,064 MHz vs 836 MHz More than 25% higher clock speed
Better PassMark score 9,649 vs 7,904 More than 20% better PassMark score
More memory 8,192 MB vs 6,144 MB Around 35% more memory
Higher effective memory clock speed 7,012 MHz vs 6,008 MHz More than 15% higher effective memory clock speed
Higher pixel rate 68.1 GPixel/s vs 46.8 GPixel/s More than 45% higher pixel rate
Higher turbo clock speed 1,216 MHz vs 876 MHz Around 40% higher turbo clock speed
More render output processors 64 vs 48 16 more render output processors
Significantly higher metro: last light framerate 83.5 vs 42 Around 2x higher metro: last light framerate
Better T-Rex score 7.83 frames/s vs 5.75 frames/s More than 35% better T-Rex score
Higher memory clock speed 1,753 MHz vs 1,502 MHz More than 15% higher memory clock speed
Higher BioShock infinite framerate 119 fps vs 103.7 fps Around 15% higher BioShock infinite framerate
Better PassMark direct compute score 5,114 vs 4,121 Around 25% better PassMark direct compute score
Significantly lower TDP 165W vs 250W Around 35% lower TDP

Benchmarks Real world tests of GeForce GTX TITAN vs 980

Bitcoin mining Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX TITAN
143.68 mHash/s
GeForce GTX 980
209.64 mHash/s

Face detection Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX TITAN
61.67 mPixels/s
GeForce GTX 980
106.26 mPixels/s

Ocean surface simulation Data courtesy CompuBench

GeForce GTX TITAN
1,363.85 frames/s
GeForce GTX 980
1,310.51 frames/s

Fire Strike Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Sky Diver Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Cloud Gate Factor Data courtesy FutureMark

Bioshock Infinite

Reviews Word on the street

GeForce GTX TITAN  vs 980 

8.9
9.7
I'm also reviewing the ASUS GTX 980 STRIX right now, and with 0 dBA in idle and 30 dBA while gaming, it is just as quiet as the MSI Gaming.
GeForce GTX 980

Comments

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6034 WTF? A GTX 760 can score 6000 in fire strike. You sure your cards are even working at all? Well they must be because a 4930k doesn't have onboard gfx. Some x79 boards require you to turn on PCIe 3.0 in bios, does yours? My EVGA does. 14497 also seems low for 2 Titans on a 4930k. My 3930k with two Titans scores around 16000 with no overclock. I think you have some configuration problems
oh it's the dual gpu edition one. they are less common.
no it doesn't and it's dual gpu your thinking of a titan z
titan black has duel gpus
No, actually there are plenty of reasons to buy a titan, if you work in 2D, 3D animation or video editing, and need the VRAM and compute power.
At equivalent clockspeed there is no way that a 980 TI beats a Titan X, but it will be within 10% FPS. Still a WAAAAY better bang for the buck, and i forgot to say that the 980TI usually overclocks better
980 ti is where it's at. Stronger than Titan x, but less costly. I would go with a titan still though, because Titans are cool :P
980 TI beats the Titan X in benchmarks. Not sure about real world performance though.
Titan X is the Boss
brain dead engage brain before big mouth in future or say nothing youll probably sound less dumb
a titan black is defently not a dual GPU card.
Why would you go to ATI from 2 980s??
Ooops hehe I meant 2 r9 390x's
29 390Xs... That's alot of Wattage you need to power them.
LOL. Clearly you don't know what a Titan Black is.
Lmfao. Bragging gets you nothing. Keep your overpriced, outdated pos. I'll stick with my dual 980's. And add two more later
I got two gtx 980's in sli. I do 1080p gaming cause i'm cool like that :).... going to get 29 390x's when they come out though :/
A titan black is a dual GPU card dumbass
Opinion replacing experience. Get both, push them and you will see what the limits are. When modding or running games at high resolution texture packs the differences are obvious. In benching My Titan SLI scores around one third higher than my GTX 980 AMP extreme edition based SLI. When using heavily 4k (or higher) texture packs, there is also noticeable difference in terms of speed but more importantly in stability with very high rez textures. These are the sort of things you find when you actually speak from experience not wishful thinking. I found that the GTX's were better on my Gsynch enabled ROG Swift monitor because 2560x1440 works better with them in more games than the Titans did but by no means all. At 4k the titans were far better in games with relevant texture packs. Designed for PC game engines utilise the Titans additional capabilities, particularly the greater texture memory very well. People said "Why Titans" when I already had GTX780s. The Titans gave me stability at high resolutions in games like Battlefield 4 which can overrun the VRAM on the GTX980s in ultra at high rez and can run my heavily modded games like Skyrim at 4k when the GTX's simply could not. The same issue, having the best tool available for the job in each case. Given the massive backlash against so called professional reviews over the last 6 months or so, there is nothing more useful than unbiased personal experience. Hard to find as most people simply dont have the range of hardware one needs to comment but I know plenty, myself included who do.
Yes, very. In fact, as you scale up resolutions the effect increases. Downscale and there is a tipping point where the 980s look better. However, in games I find there is not a great deal in it and in many the 980s do better. Except where there are very intensive high memory utilisation textures. Very high rez Skyrim mods (4k and up) Battlefield 4 on ultra in high rez etc etc. My 780s could not run my heavily modded skyrim without crashing simply because the textures would cause them to crash. I had similar but less pronounced problems with BF4. I never tried it with games like DAI because I sold them earlier in the year but same sort of engine so I suspect it would be the same result there. There seems to be a balancing act. Currently building and testing another new machine and it will be interesting to see how they perform but I suspect the same will be true. (X99 instead of X79)
That's the point..if you don't have it. You don't have to hate it. I only listen to someone who's had the item. So please.. if you think you can't afford it. Than better watch and listen base on experience.. not just review. I've been upgrading each series. And I know what I'm taking about. I don't have just base on reviews.
Useless power, there is no such a thing in computing GPU's!
No one claims the "Titan sucks". Titan is overkill with a ton of useless power. You're paying for nothing and wasting you're money. A game can only be maxed out to the extent of the game developers' designs and there aren't any games that are reaching the 980's or the Titan's breaking points. There isn't a game in existence right now that needs a Titan to run on Ultra settings with a smooth frame rate. By the time games are actually developed to reach the max capabilities of the Titan and 980, the tech for the Titan and the 980 will be much cheaper. You can thank mass-produced MMOs and console-ports for that. I can easily afford a Titan, but I'm not a money-wasting moron and there are no games that need a Titan or will take significant advantage of it's power. Example: We have sturdy Winchester rifles WITH ammo, you're the guy with the ray gun, but NO ammo because ammo for it hasn't been developed yet. By time ammo for it is created, everyone will be able to purchase the ray gun because it will be standardized. You lose. "FINAL!" lmao
Where the hell do you see a dual gpu in this test?
dual gpu cards don't compare very well here. Some have said only one gpu core is tested at any time. I haven't looked into it personally so take that as you will.
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