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NVIDIA Titan X Review - Monster Performance: 4K 60FPS On A Single GPU

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: Aug 3, 2016 7:51 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: NVIDIA

Performance Summary

 

NVIDIA's new Titan X is the first time I've had to constantly double check my performance numbers because it just blows everything away so much that it almost feels like I'm being duped. But, I'm not. The new Pascal-based Titan X is just freakin' incredible, offering performance that is higher than the GTX 1080, with more VRAM, and a huge injection of memory bandwidth - without using HBM1 or HBM2 technology.

 

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I expected NVIDIA to reach about this level of performance with the Pascal-based Titan X, but actually using it and benchmarking it and seeing games like Tomb Raider running at 355FPS average at 1080p or something like Far Cry Primal at 4K at 59FPS average just blows me away.

 

 

4K 60FPS gaming on a single GPU is finally here with the new Pascal-based Titan X, and it has been a long time coming. NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 came very close, but the Titan X hits it and some. The only game in our benchmark suite that couldn't hit 60FPS average at 4K was Far Cry Primal, which hit 59FPS average - and I'm not going to sit here and debate a single game that missed the mark by a single FPS.

 

NVIDIA, you've done it again, dammit. The GeForce GTX 1080 was enough of a product that had the spotlight turned and cable tied in NVIDIA's direction when it comes to enthusiast graphics cards, but now the Titan X is here to double down on NVIDIA being the go-to company for high-end graphics cards.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

I don't even know where to start with my final thoughts on the NVIDIA Titan X. It's just an incredible card that kind of, but not totally earns its $1200 price tag. The GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition is $699, while the Titan X is 71.6% more expensive, but it's not 71.6% faster, so why would you buy the Titan X over the GTX 1080 FE?

 

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Well, the Titan X has 12GB of framebuffer which is great for 4K and beyond gaming, especially in multi-monitor gaming setups where the 8GB limit might be reached. Secondly, you are getting 20% (and sometimes more) performance over the GTX 1080, where normally you'd need to go SLI with the GTX 1080s to receive more performance. SLI scaling can really be a downer in some games, and not supported at all in some - a single-GPU gaming setup is always preferred.

 

NVIDIA has added yet another notch to its belt in GPU domination with the Titan X, offering unprecedented performance at a price that is hard to swallow for most gamers. NVIDIA isn't aiming this at most gamers, so if you were thinking about buying the Titan X for your 1080p gaming PC, I wouldn't recommend it.

 

Where does the Titan X fit in, then? For gamers who are using high refresh rate monitors, like the 1080p and 1440p monitors with 144Hz refresh rates, the Titan X is absolutely perfect. You could easily buy a single Titan X and enjoy 1080p/1440p at 144FPS average, and with some detail adjustments in games, every single game would be capable of 1440p at 144FPS average. Incredible.

 

At $1200, it's not for everyone, but neither is Tesla's P85D or the latest model Ferrari. People will bitch and whine about the price, but NVIDIA isn't here to serve the sub-$500 market with its Titan X, this is for the gamers and enthusiasts who want the absolute best, with no compromises, and if you want that, go pick up the Titan X.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (overclocking, power)100%
Quality (build, design, cooling)95%
General Features (display outputs, etc)95%
Bundle, Packaging & Software90%
Value for Money90%
Overall TweakTown Rating94%

The Bottom Line: NVIDIA does it again with the new Pascal-based Titan X. Unrivalled performance, with 4K 60FPS gaming now capable on a single card. This card has come from the future, I'm sure of it.

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