As always, we start with 3DMark 11, our trusty synthetic benchmark designed to test a GPU's performance at various aspects of DirectX 11 such as tessellation and DirectCompute.
The Titan wasted no time in showing its prowess, outperforming the GTX 680 by 37% on Performance and an incredible 50% on Extreme. We were impressed by just how close the Titan is to dual-GPU level performance, as it trailed the GTX 690 by just 16% at Performance and 19% at Extreme.
Taking a close look at the GPU Boost 2.0 chart, you can see that the Titan's temperature rose to just under 80 degrees Celsius and is accompanied by a similar rise in GPU clock speed during the time frame when it was loaded.
3DMark (2013)'s Fire Strike benchmark is Futuremark's most ambitious and technical benchmark to date utilizing a grueling two-part test with extreme levels of tessellation and volumetric illumination, as well as complex smoke simulation using compute shaders and dynamic particle illumination, while Fire Strike Extreme ramps up the difficulty with more tessellation, more particle effects and more taxing DirectCompute calculations.
We're still encountering some problems with dual-GPU setups on Fire Strike so for now we'll just be looking at single GPU performance. As you can see the Titan's GK110 GPU was no match for either the GTX 680 or HD 7970 GHz Edition, outscoring the HD 7970 by a massive 28% at Fire Strike and 35% at Extreme. This lead increases to well over 50% when you compare it against NVIDIA's previous single GPU flagship, the GTX 680.