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Gaming Performance Comparison
In terms of overall gaming performance, the graphical capabilities of the Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan Black Edition are massively better than the AMD FirePro W9000.
The FirePro W9000 has a 86 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX Titan, but the GTX Titan has 112 more Texture Mapping Units than the FirePro W9000. As a result, the GTX Titan exhibits a 88.6 GTexel/s better Texture Fill Rate than the FirePro W9000. This still holds weight but shader performance is generally more relevant, particularly since both of these GPUs support at least DirectX 10.
The FirePro W9000 has a 86 MHz higher core clock speed than the GTX Titan, but the GTX Titan has 16 more Render Output Units than the FirePro W9000. As a result, the GTX Titan exhibits a 11.5 GPixel/s better Pixel Fill Rate than the FirePro W9000. However, both GPUs support DirectX 9 or above, and pixeling performance is only really relevant when comparing older cards.
The GTX Titan was released less than a year after the FirePro W9000, and so they are likely to have similar driver support for optimizing performance when running the latest games.
Both GPUs exhibit very powerful performance, so it probably isn't worth upgrading from one to the other, as both are capable of running even the most demanding games at the highest settings.
The FirePro W9000 and the GeForce GTX Titan Black Edition have the same amount of video memory, but are likely to provide slightly different experiences when displaying game textures at high resolutions.
The GTX Titan has 72 GB/sec greater memory bandwidth than the FirePro W9000, which means that the memory performance of the GTX Titan is much better than the FirePro W9000.
The FirePro W9000 has 2048 Shader Processing Units and the GeForce GTX Titan Black Edition has 2880. However, the actual shader performance of the FirePro W9000 is 1298 and the actual shader performance of the GTX Titan is 2822. The GTX Titan having 1524 better shader performance and an altogether better performance when taking into account other relevant data means that the GTX Titan delivers a massively smoother and more efficient experience when processing graphical data than the FirePro W9000.
The FirePro W9000 requires 274 Watts to run and the GeForce GTX Titan Black Edition requires 250 Watts. We would recommend a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the FirePro W9000 and a PSU with at least 600 Watts for the GTX Titan. The FirePro W9000 requires 24 Watts more than the GTX Titan to run. The difference is not significant enough for the FirePro W9000 to have a noticeably larger impact on your yearly electricity bills than the GTX Titan.
|Mini Review||FirePro W9000 is a server GPU based on the 28nm GCN architecture. |
It's based on the Tahiti XT Core (same used on 7970) and therefore offers 2048 Shader Processing Units, 128 TMUs and 32 ROPs on a 384-bit interface of fast GDDR5. The central unit is clocked 975MHz while the memory clock operates at 1375MHZ.
Compared to Radeon HD 7970, its central unit is slightly higher clocked but overall its gaming performance is lower than Radeon HD 7970 because Radeon HD 7970 benefits from certified gaming drivers which unlock the GCN's architecture potential while FirePro W9000 is made for professional applications. Therefore, expect its performance to be between 1% and 3% worse than Radeon HD 7970.
GeForce GTX Titan Black Edition is an Enthusiast Graphics Card based on the First Revision of the Kepler architecture.
The Kepler Architecture was NVIDIA's big step to power efficiency. Each Stream Multiprocessor (SMX) now hosts 192 Shader Processing Units - against the 48 of older Fermi Architecture, and has been redesigned being now clocked at the same speed of the Central Unit. This means they are more energy efficient and will consequently lead to cooler operating temperatures. However, it also means they are weaker. It can be said that one Fermi SMX is as fast as 2 Kepler SMXs.
Additionally, and not available in all GPUs, Kepler also introduced the Boost Clock Feature. The Boost Clock is an even higher Clock Speed activated when in gaming mode and becomes the effective speed of the GPU.
It equips a GPU Codenamed GK110-430-B1 which has 15 Stream Multiprocessors activated and thus offers 2880 Shader Processing Units, 240 TMUs and 48 ROPs. The Central Unit is initially clocked at 889MHz and goes up to 980MHz, in Turbo Mode.
The GPU accesses a 6GB frame buffer of fast GDDR5, through a 384-bit memory interface. The size of the frame buffer is adequate. The Memory Clock Operates at 1750MHz.
DirectX 11.2 Support (11.2 Hardware Default) and support for SLI, GameStream, G-SYNC, GPU Boost 2.0, GeForce Experience, PhysX and other technologies.
With a rated board TDP of 250W, it requires at least a 600W PSU with one available 6-pin and 8-pin connectors.
At 2560x1440, the best suited resolution for GeForce GTX Titan Black Edition, benchmarks indicate its performance is a little over GeForce GTX 780 Ti.
Therefore, GeForce GTX 690 and even GeForce GTX 980 are still faster.
We recommend a Very Strong Processor (Intel Core i7 Quad Core/AMD FX Eight Core) and 12GB of RAM for a system with GeForce GTX Titan Black Edition.