Introduction, Design, Performance (Part 1)
Ever given a launch of a original GeForce GTX Titan graphics label in 2013, a Titans have been Nvidia’s go-to cards for those who recently won a lottery, perceived an inheritance, or usually had to have a comprehensive fastest singular GPU income can buy. Back then, a Titan was evidently recognised (from a gaming standpoint, during least) as an answer to a disturb of living-room computing, as business didn’t wish to have to put a massive multiple-card mid-tower in their vital room for gaming. At a time, graphics cards and their core chips (GPUs) were such that regulating an intensely high-resolution row compulsory during slightest two, if not more, cards organised in SLI (for Nvidia) or CrossFire X (AMD) mode.
Along came a Titan, that authorised complement builders to build slim, still PCs with a singular graphics label and chip that could still broach extensive gaming performance. But there’s another aspect to a Titan cards, and it has zero to do with gaming.
The Titan was also originally designed for people who need a GPU that can do mass computation, bridging a opening between Nvidia’s expensive, workstation-focused Quadro GPUs and a less-expensive, gaming-oriented GeForce cards. You’ll note that a Titan no longer carries a “GeForce” branding, indicating it’s a label designed for people who need to do some critical math first, and for gamers second.
That said, make no mistake: Despite a blank GeForce moniker, a Titan X is still a serious block of gaming hardware. Indeed, it’s simply a many absolute single-chip gaming GPU ever created.
If you’re wondering since Nvidia would launch a Titan X now, when a GeForce GTX 1080GeForce GTX 680 for “Kepler,” a GeForce GTX 980 for “Maxwell,” and, now, the GeForce GTX 1080 for a new-for-2016 “Pascal” architecture. Though any of these GPUs was considerable in a time, small did we know that Nvidia was sandbagging a bit, as during a finish of a GeForce GTX 680 launch cycle it unleashed a strange GTX Titan, featuring a chip that was twice a distance of a one used on a before class-leading GTX 680. Naturally it was a warn to everyone, and it determined a settlement we’d see again in a destiny with a GTX 980 and now a GTX 1080. Both of these flagship GPUs were followed by Titan variants formed on a new, many incomparable GPU die, and with both cards (interestingly enough) named “Titan X.” For a consequence of clarity, we’ll be referring to a latest indication as a Pascal Titan X.
To scrupulously know a new Pascal Titan X’s place in a GPU hierarchy, we’ll initial inspect how it’s opposite from a GTX 1080. Unlike a prior Titans, that were roughly twice as vast as a x80 chip they superseded, this one is approximately 1.5 times larger. In terms of die size, a Titan X is a massive 471mm square, compared to a GTX 1080’s 314mm-square die.
The new Titan X also packs an additional 4.8 billion transistors, so it’s utterly a burst from a challenging GTX 1080. Since it’s a many incomparable chip, it naturally has a lot some-more of all compared to a GTX 1080, including 12GB of RAM (versus a GTX 1080’s 8GB), and 3,584 CUDA cores (against a GTX 1080’s 2,560). Unlike a strange Titan, a Pascal-based Titan X doesn’t offer hardware designed for double pointing discriminate tasks, and consumer-focused cards like a GTX 1080 don’t either. But given a new Titan X has some-more processing power than a GTX 1080, it should be roughly 35 percent faster than that label when regulating those forms of tasks.
The new Titan X also has a wider (384-bit) memory bus, compared to a GTX 1080’s 256-bit bus. This wider trail allows it to siphon by 100GB per second more information than a GTX 1080.
When it comes to time speeds, a Titan X is, unsurprisingly, downclocked a bit compared to a GTX 1080—in a appreciated try of gripping such a absolute label from melting by your chassis. The Titan X’s limit Boost time is listed as 1,531MHz, compared to a higher-clocked GTX 1080 during 1,733MHz. Despite a reduce clocks, it still consumes a lot some-more power, due to all those additional transistors; a thermal settlement energy (TDP) rating is 250 watts, compared to a 180-watt rating of a GTX 1080.
That also means you’ll need some-more extra energy plugs. The GTX 1080 requires a singular eight-pin PCI Express energy connector, while a Titan X needs an eight-pin and a six-pin connector.
Despite being “bigger” in each approach on a inside than a GTX 1080, a Titan X is a same length, measuring 10.5 inches long. Of course, it’s a dual-slot card, and like all prior Titans is offered only in a singular chronicle with a blower-style cooler that exhausts many of a feverishness out a behind of a chassis. The cooler housing itself uses a unequivocally same bony settlement that Nvidia used for a GTX 1080 Founders Edition, solely it’s in black, and so looks a bit stealthier and some-more understated, to a eyes.
Finally, we come to a price: a whopping $1,200 per card! At a time of this essay in early Dec 2016, a label was accessible directly from Nvidia during that price. And, unless skeleton change, Nvidia will be a usually source for this card; third parties won’t be offered Titan X variants.
Performance (Part 1)
As we’ve mentioned in a other new label reviews, things are in motion these days when it comes to contrast cards, since a dual rising technologies that current-gen cards are built for are proof wily to exam in these early days.
The initial of these is DirectX 12 (DX12), that is usually now entrance on a scene. There are unequivocally few real-world benchmarks for it. Still, DX12 will approaching be a customary graphics API in a future, and this label was designed to final for a few years, if not longer. So it’s critical to know if a label can hoop DX12 good before buying. We tested a Pascal Titan X with a newest DX12-capable games we had on hand, including Hitman (the 2016 edition), Rise of a Tomb Raider, and Ashes of a Singularity, as good as Futuremark’s 3DMark DX12 benchmark, Time Spy. We tested a bucket of games regulating DirectX 11, too, since that API will still be in far-reaching use for during slightest another year, and substantially many longer.
The other angle is practical existence (VR) support. A few VR-focused benchmarks are emerging, including FutureMark’s VRMark. But given we haven’t had a possibility to exam other cards for their VR abilities yet, for now we’re going to hang with a mandate from a headset manufacturers, HTC in a box of its HTC Vive, and Oculus with its Oculus Rift. At a moment, VR support for those headsets starts with a AMD Radeon RX 480 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. Since a Pascal Titan X is many some-more absolute than possibly of those cards, it should have no problems doing VR titles for years to come.
And so, on to a benchmarks. Since this GPU has no genuine foe in a $1,200 cost space, we’ll be comparing it to all a high-end GPUs we’ve tested recently. from both Nvidia and AMD. AMD is approaching to launch a high-end “Vega” aspirant to a Pascal cards in 2017, yet sum are scarce, so we’ll have to wait and see if it can give Nvidia a run for a money. Until then, a impassioned high-end apportionment of a marketplace is particularly Nvidia’s playground, as you’ll see below.
3DMark Fire Strike Ultra
We started off a contrast with Futuremark’s 2013 chronicle of 3DMark, privately a suite’s Fire Strike Ultra subtest. Fire Strike is a fake exam designed to magnitude altogether gaming performance. Ultra is meant to copy a stresses of diversion graphics digest during 4K.
In this impossibly perfectionist test, we see a Titan X stomping each GPU we’ve tested previously, that will many approaching be a repeating settlement in these tests. Compared to a uber-extreme Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Amp Extreme, that is rarely overclocked, scarcely 13 inches long, and munches adult an effective 3 PCI Express enlargement slots, a Pascal Titan X was 22 percent faster on a Overall Score, notwithstanding being many smaller in size. Compared to a likewise sized GTX 1080 Founders Edition, a Titan X was an startling 35 percent faster. In a graphics-card arena, that’s a drubbing of epic proportions.
Tomb Raider (2013)
Let’s start with some comparison games. Here, we dismissed adult a 2013 reboot of a classical pretension Tomb Raider, contrast during a top fact preset (“Ultimate”) and 3 resolutions.
Ignoring a gonzo 238fps during 1080p, we can see that even during a punishing fortitude of 4K, a Pascal Titan X was means to reason down a silky-smooth support rate of 83 frames per second (fps). That’s 31 percent faster than a GTX 1080 Amp Extreme card, and a whopping 46 percent faster than a GTX 1080 Founders Edition.
Next, we rolled out a unequivocally perfectionist real-world gaming benchmark exam built into a pretension Sleeping Dogs…
At 4K fortitude a Titan X can’t utterly grasp a lofty idea of 60fps, that guarantees buttery performance. It is utterly tighten though, attack 55fps, that is a 26 percent boost over a GTX 1080 Amp Extreme, and a 47 percent alleviation over a GTX 1080 Founders Edition during 4K.
The renouned pretension Bioshock Infinite isn’t overly demanding, yet it’s a renouned one with stellar good looks. In a built-in benchmark program, we set a graphics turn to a top preset (Ultra+DDOF)…
We never suspicion we’d see a day when a singular GPU can strike roughly 100fps during 4K with all maxed, yet a Pascal Titan X has finished it. It was means to grasp a towering 95.4fps, that is going to means us to run out of synonyms for “amazing” flattering soon. Compared to a GTX 1080 Amp card, it was 27 percent faster, and an considerable 38 percent faster than a GTX 1080 Founders Edition card, too.
Next adult was Hitman: Absolution, that is an aging diversion yet still flattering tough on a video card.
Even yet a numbers on this draft are a bit low deliberation a hardware in question, comprehend that we run this exam with 8x MSAA, that unequivocally isn’t required during intensely high resolutions. But even with this sky-high fortitude and high MSAA in place, a Titan X was still means to chuck down a decent and totally playable 43fps during 4K. Sure, it’s not utterly a 60fps we were anticipating for, yet we’re certain that shortening a MSAA turn would concede for that easily. And a new Titan X’s opening here is 26 percent improved than a GTX 1080 Amp Extreme label once again, and 38 percent faster than a Founders Edition card, that mirrored a formula with Bioshock.
Far Cry Primal
Next, we changed to a some-more new game, expelled in 2016. Ubisoft’s latest open-world first-person sport diversion is one of a many perfectionist titles we use, interjection to a sensuous foliage, minute shadows, and differently implausible environments.
There was some CPU bottlenecking going on in this diversion during a reduce resolutions, yet during 4K, things get some-more interesting. The Titan X reigned supreme, naturally, violence a GTX 1080 Amp Extreme by a sound 20 percent, and a Founders Edition card by a plain 32 percent.
Grand Theft Auto V
One of a many renouned diversion franchises on a planet, Grand Theft Auto needs no introduction. Version V took a lot longer than many approaching to land on a PC. But when it finally did, in early 2015, it brought a series of graphical improvements and tweakable visible settings that pushed a diversion distant over a console roots.
Despite GTA V’s repute for putting a GPU in a headlock and giving a memory a wedgie, a Titan X was still means to broach over 85fps during 4K resolution. That’s adequate horsepower to broach a 21 percent boost over a GTX 1080 Amp Extreme card, and a decent 30 percent benefit over what a GTX 1080 Founders Edition offers.
Rise of a Tomb Raider
Lara Croft rises once again in a early 2016 iteration of Square Enix’s long-running movement franchise. As a favourite works to exhibit an ancient poser (and exhibit a tip to immortality) forward of a ancient and lethal Order of Trinity, she traipses by a slew of formidable windy environments, from dull tombs to a wintry Siberian wilderness. A energetic continue system, and a complexities of Lara’s wind-tousled hair, supplement to a game’s visible complexity.
The Titan X struggled mightily in this diversion to lift forward of a competitors, creation it a initial benchmark we’ve run where things were indeed utterly close. Compared to a GTX 1080 Amp Extreme, it was usually 12 percent faster, however it was a unequivocally decent 32 percent faster than a GTX 1080 Founders Edition card, so maybe this diversion is all about time speeds. The Titan X generally runs during reduce time speeds to keep a feverishness in check, so that could have hold it behind rather in this title.
The newest diversion in a Hitman authorization finds Agent 47 branch over a new leaf, and embarking on a tour of self-discovery as a clergyman during a propagandize for impecunious children. Just kidding, of course; he kills loads of people in this one, usually like a rest. It does offer beautiful graphics in both DX11 and DX12 varieties, though. We’ll tackle a former (DX11) first.
This notoriously AMD-friendly pretension wasn’t too kind to a Pascal Titan X, permitting it only an 11 percent advantage over a GTX 1080 Amp Extreme, that is accurately what we saw in Rise of a Tomb Raider. It was still 30 percent faster than a GTX 1080 Founders Edition card, though, that is in gripping with prior results. Still, a GTX 1080 Amp Extreme costs a small some-more than half of what a Pascal Titan X costs, so an 11 percent opening boost is frequency enlivening from a value indicate of view.