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NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB Video Card Review

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Mar 17, 2015 7:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 93%Manufacturer: NVIDIA

How Does the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Stack Up?

 

In our synthetic testing, we had an average of 34% on our GTX 980. This is an amazing result, considering it barely uses anymore power, or runs any hotter, or runs any louder. The 4K performance on the GeForce GTX Titan X is unparalled. Nothing comes close to it in a single GPU solution. The Radeon R9 290X with 8GB of VRAM (and overclocked) is no competition. The only thing that gets close to it is the GTX 980 SLI setup.

 

 

Performance at 1080p

 

Starting with Battlefield 4, the Titan X hits the boundary that our other VGA cards have hit: at around 170FPS, on the Medium preset. Flicking over to the Ultra preset, the Titan X scores 143FPS, which is less than the R9 290X 8GB with 150FPS, and the GTX 980 SLI setup with 165FPS. But, it's a large jump over the GTX 980 with its 109FPS, an increase of 33%.

 

Continuing the GTX Titan X rampage with GRID Autosport, where we see the GM200 core smashing even the GTX 980s in SLI - sure, it is by 5FPS, but beating a seriously powerful dual GPU setup is not easy on a single card.

 

Metro: Last Light still has the performance there, but it's not enough to top the GTX 980s in SLI. It does beat the single GTX 980 by a decent margin of 26%, but loses to the GTX 980 SLI by 24FPS, or 24%.

 

Shadow of Mordor sees the GTX Titan X beating everything we've tested so far - demolishing the GTX 980. The same results are found within Thief, where the Titan X beats the GTX 980 SLI setup by 4FPS, and is a huge 30% increase over the GTX 980.

 

Another game where the Titan X flexes its 384-bit memory bus muscle is in BioShock Infinite, where it beats the GTX 980 and R9 290X 8GB without a problem, and isn't too far behind the GTX 980 SLI setup. Another surprising, well not-so-surprising result.

 

 

Performance at 1440p

 

The 384-bit memory bus comes into play much more at 2560x1440, starting with our Medium preset we have the Titan X managing a huge 163FPS average. This is a 28% increase over the GTX 980, and a 10% increase of the Radeon R9 290X 8GB. The GTX 980 SLI is still the setup to beat here.

 

The 1440p results on the Ultra preset (minus AA) are much more interesting, with the Titan X only losing out to the GTX 980s in SLI. The Titan X performs extremely well, with 118FPS versus the huge 159FPS on the GTX 980 SLI. But, it beats the Radeon R9 290X 8GB by 20%, and the GTX 980 by 19%.

 

We knew that the GeForce GTX Titan X would begin to excel at higher resolutions thanks to its 384-bit memory bus compared to the 256-bit memory bus found in the GTX 970 and GTX 980s, where GRID Autosport begins to really see some benefits. We have the Titan X scoring 1FPS less than the GTX 980 SLI setup, which goes to show how much power is sitting in the GM200 core.

 

Metro: Last Light sees it slump just a little, where the Titan X is 20% faster than the GTX 980, but 25% slower than the GTX 980 SLI cards. The same can't be said for Shadow of Mordor, where the Titan X kills the R9 290X 8GB by 45%, while it beats the GTX 980 by 40%. It's only 6FPS slower than the two GTX 980s in SLI, too.

 

In Thief, the GM200-powered Titan X just dominates. We have it taking the #1 spot, beating out the GTX 980s in SLI by 1FPS. Comparing the Titan X against the R9 290X, we have an improvement of 49%. The GTX Titan X is 28% faster than the single GTX 980 in Thief.

 

At 2560x1440, we're beginning to see the 384-bit memory bus and fully enabled GM200 core come out into its own. Tomb Raider loved the additional power, with the Titan X beating out everything else in our labs by quite a margin - it beat the two GTX 980s in SLI by 16%. The Radeon R9 290X 8GB lost to the Titan X by a huge 61%, while the single GTX 980 had its ass handed to the Titan X by 33%.

 

BioShock Infinite at 1440p wasn't as impressive, but we still have some great gains on the GTX Titan X. The GM200-powered card beat the overclocked R9 290X 8GB by 26%, while it beat the GTX 980 by 15%. The Titan X loses to the GTX 980 SLI by 30FPS here, which equates to 33%.

 

In DiRT Showdown, the Titan X has a huge 94FPS minimum and 131FPS average - which compared to the single GTX 980 and its 110FPS average isn't a huge jump. But it beats the R9 290X 8GB by 37%.

 

 

Performance at 4K

 

This is where we all want to see how the GeForce GTX Titan X performs at 3840x2160, or 4K. Starting with Battlefield 4 on its Medium preset, the Titan X pushes out 90FPS average, which is an increase of nearly 14% over the R9 290X 8GB, and 12% faster than the stock GTX 980. The GTX 980 is a beast of a setup here, with a huge 128FPS average.

 

On the Ultra preset (minus AA) we see the Titan X managing just 73FPS, losing out to the GTX 780, GTX 980 and GTX 980 SLI. I think this is because of an early driver, so we will be revisiting this in the next week or so as drivers being to mature for the GM200-powered card.

 

Moving onto GRID: Autosport, we see the Titan X pushing out and ahead with a huge 95FPS average. Comparing this to the reference GeForce GTX 980 which was 'only' able to manage 71FPS, the Titan X bests it by a decent 33%.

 

Metro: Last Light performance was astounding, where we see the Titan X equaling the performance of the GTX 980s in SLI with 73FPS average. The Titan X beat the R9 290X 8GB by 62%, while it beat the GTX 980 by 43%.

 

In Shadow of Mordor, the Titan X continues to dominate with 70FPS average, losing out to the GTX Titan and its 87FPS, or by 24%. The Titan X beat the single cards in the R9 290X 8GB and GTX 980 by 29% and 34%, respectively.

 

Thief continues to show us the power of the Titan X at 4K, with 48FPS average, and while it loses out to GTX 980 SLI setup with its 58FPS, it easily beats the R9 290X 8GB and GTX 980. Tomb Raider has similar results, with 90FPS average compared to the GTX 980 SLI with a huge 147FPS. The Titan X beats the R9 290X 8GB and GTX 980 here at 4K quite easily.

 

BioShock Infinite at 4K sees the Titan X nearly coming out on top of the GTX 980s in SLI, with the Titan X scoring 120FPS average, while the GTX 980 SLI beats it by 2FPS at 122FPS average. We have a huge jump in performance over the R9 290X 8GB and GTX 980, with the Titan X beating them by a huge 76% and 71%, respectively.

 

DiRT Showdown is a huge advertisement for the Titan X at 4K, where it just demolishes the GTX 980 SLI setup by a huge 49%. Things are even better when comparing it against AMD's best single card in the R9 290X with 8GB of VRAM, where the Titan X schools it by 168%... yes, one-hundred-and-sixty-eight percent. Wow. It thrashes the single GTX 980 by a huge 125%.

 

 

Overclocking - Let's See How Far We Can Go

 

We didn't have much time with our Titan X to play with overclocking, so we're going to write up a specific OC article in the coming weeks.

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