NVIDIA's new Titan X is the new champion of 11,520 x 2160
Once I started benchmarking the new Titan X, I saw that it was going to be a monster, but didn't expect this type of performance improvement over the GeForce GTX 1080 at 11,520 x 2160. But, here we are, with the new Titan X absolutely dominating the charts, with nothing else coming even remotely close to it.
Far Cry Primal - While the Titan X had an average 20% performance boost over the GTX 1080, the increase is much higher with triple 4K displays at 11,520 x 2160. If we look at Far Cry Primal, the new Titan X is capable of 23FPS which represents an increase of 35% over the GTX 1080 and 64% faster than the original Titan X. The HBM1-based Radeon R9 Fury X falls so far behind with just 7FPS, making the new Titan X a huge 228% faster than the Fury X.
Metro: Last Light Redux - Metro is pretty hardcore in normal single monitor resolutions, but at 11,520 x 2160, it's even harder on the graphics card. The new Titan X is capable of 17FPS average, compared to the 11.5FPS of the GTX 1080 which is an increase of 50%. Compared to the Fury X and its 9.5FPS average, the new Titan X is 82% faster.
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor - This is my favorite game to test at high resolutions, so I was expecting some good results from the Titan X, and I wasn't disappointed. The Pascal-based Titan X is 30% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080, and 72% faster than the original Titan X. AMD's Radeon R9 Fury X falls behind, with a 109% increase in performance for the Titan X.
Tomb Raider - Another game I love to test is Tomb Raider, with the same massive gains in performance over the rest of our high-end graphics cards on the new Titan X. Comparing the Pascal-based Titan X against the GeForce GTX 1080, we have a performance improvement of 37%. The new Titan X is 71% faster than the original Titan X, while it's also 71% faster than the HBM1-based Radeon R9 Fury X graphics card.
NVIDIA might be commanding $1200 for its latest Titan X graphics card, but when you see these performance numbers, the picture becomes clear. NVIDIA doesn't need HBM2 to reach high memory bandwidth numbers, at least not right now, with 480GB/sec being enough for today's games and today's' resolutions. 11,520 x 2160 is far from standard, and you'd never run this resolution on a single graphics card, ever.
The leap in performance over the Maxwell-based GeForce GTX Titan X is impressive in itself, as many people think the 12GB of VRAM is enough to run 11,520 x 2160 and that there shouldn't be too much of an improvement with the new Titan X. But, the 10GHz clock on the GDDR5X along with the 384-bit memory bus drives the memory bandwidth up to 480GB/sec. This is enough to provide quite a large difference in performance over the GTX 1080 and the older Titan X.
While the 20% performance increase over the GTX 1080 is great at 1080p, 1440p, and especially at 4K, the near 50% average leap in performance over the GTX 1080 at 11,520 x 2160 is simply incredible. I didn't expect this jump, at least not 50% average, but here we are. Now I need a second card to see if Titan X cards in SLI could bring us closer to 60FPS at 11,520 x 2160.
Last updated: Jan 30, 2019 at 10:26 pm CST
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