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NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB in SLI - Two is Much Better Than One

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA SLI Articles in Video Cards | Posted: Mar 28, 2015 7:05 am

This is where you can fast forward to the final section of the review, and get a quick recap and points on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X in SLI.

 

What's Hot

 

Two Really is Better Than One: One GeForce GTX Titan X is already an incredible card on its own, but two of them in SLI is just plain silly. Good silly, of course. We get some incredible performance increases in all of our resolutions: 1080p, 1440p and 4K with the second Titan X.

 

Incredible Battlefield 4 Performance: We were most surprised with the insane power of the two GeForce GTX Titan X's in SLI in our Battlefield 4 testing at 4K. With 119FPS average, the 4K 120Hz monitors can now come out and there are two VGA cards that you can buy to handle it without a problem: GTX Titan X's in SLI.

 

Maxwell Efficiency is King: Even with two NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X cards in SLI, we're still only consuming under 600W for our entire system.

 

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Super Powerful, But Super Quiet: The two Titan X cards in SLI didn't make much noise at all, even under strenuous load. NVIDIA has used molded inductors and polarized capacitors, along with its impressive reference cooler to keep things quiet on the Titan X, even in SLI.

 

What's Not

 

Hot to the Touch: Again, the only thing I can really complain about here is that they get a bit warm to touch. However, who is touching their VGA card after a huge gaming session? Not many, I'd say.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

I loved the single GeForce GTX Titan X, but a second one is just gravy. Pure, blissful, high-performance gravy. But the new GM200-powered Titan X is an interesting beast when in SLI. We have a duo of VGA cards that consume less than 600W for the entire system.

 

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Considering that a single overclocked AMD Radeon R9 290X consumes around 450W, we have some amazing power efficiency from the two Titan X cards in SLI. You could install two Titan X cards into a smaller mATX chassis like the BitFenix Prodigy M and enjoy some serious portable PC power.

 

The second thing is that even with the reference cooler, the two Titan X cards in SLI do not emit any audible noise whatsoever. I run an open-air test bench, which is not a normal setup for a consumer, and I simply do not hear them. Even while stress testing them at 4K and beyond, the Titan X - and Titan X in SLI - is surprisingly quiet.

 

Spending $2000 on a pair of VGA cards isn't something you do hastily, but for that money, you're getting a pair of cards that are more than capable of 4K and beyond at 60FPS. The 12GB of framebuffer is going to keep your VRAM heavy games (of which there aren't many - and this is something we'll be following up with in the coming weeks) nice and content.

 

I'm impressed with the performance a second GTX Titan X provides in SLI even at 1080p, but the benefits are much higher when things are scaled up to 1440p and 4K. At 2560x1440, you're gaming on Ultra detail at 100FPS on average, or more. It's just insane. At 4K, you're ensuring 60FPS and above with the second Titan X, which again, is great.

 

But those Battlefield 4 results at 4K on the Ultra preset (minus AA) are mind blowing. 119FPS average is simply insane, and is a huge jump on every other VGA card we've reviewed so far. We are now getting to the 4K 120Hz territory with these two cards and that's just awesome.

 

I ended my original Titan X review with the words "Your move, AMD" and I'll repeat those again: Your move, AMD.

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