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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

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.


What's Hot


The Full GM200 Core: This is the "Big Daddy" of the Maxwell architecture the world has been waiting for, compared to the GM204 that powered the GTX 980. I feel bad for even saying that, as the GTX 980 is still one of the best video cards ever released. But, the full GM200 core is delicious, with it being the best VGA card created to date.


12GB of VRAM!!!: That is all.


Unparalleled Performance: In most of our game testing, we saw an improvement of 30-50% on average, but there were cases where the performance was just out of this world in 4K. We had improvements of up to 168% against AMD's Radeon R9 290X 8GB.


NVIDIA Beats AMD to the GPU Punch: The world is still waiting for AMD to launch its "Fiji" architecture, which will result in the Radeon R9 390X. We've been hearing about these 4096-bit memory buses, HBM memory with insane memory bandwidth, and some huge performance.


NVIDIA's Maxwell architecture has allowed them to cut it down to the GM204 and release the GTX 980, but now we have the full GM200 core and the Titan X. This is going to have many people at AMD filling their pants with something a little smelly.


Did We Mention Amazing Performance?: The performance of the GM200-powered GTX Titan X is just absolutely amazing. There's nothing bad about the Titan X when it comes to performance, at all. At 1080p, 1440p and 4K there are improvements across the board compared to the GTX 980, and it even keeps up with two of them in SLI.


What's Not


Hot to the Touch: There is not much wrong with the Titan X, but after a few hours of insane benchmarking and Battlefield 4 sessions, the Titan X gets hot - incredibly hot. I had to replace it with other video cards during our testing, and it was next to impossible to touch without burning my hands. But, in a normal gaming scenario - this is not something you'd do. So, this doesn't impact our final decision on the card.



Final Thoughts


NVIDIA has done it again.


We knew that NVIDIA had a full GM200 core coming after the GM204 was what made the GTX 980 come to life, but we didn't expect it to be this good. I knew it was coming, but another thing that surprised me was the 12GB of VRAM. NVIDIA would normally have thrown 6GB of framebuffer on it, but I think in order to stay ahead of AMD's upcoming Radeon R9 390X, they preemptively striked with the Titan X, and used 12GB of VRAM.




This isn't something to complain about, as it's a very good thing to see. It makes this card something that a consumer, or professional user can buy without having to worry about the future. 12GB of framebuffer is much more than gamers will use even in the coming 2-3 years, but for professionals who are using this card for the rendering side of things, 12GB of framebuffer is going to come in handy, big time.


The use of the 384-bit memory bus and additional cores is something that really helps in high-resolution gaming, something we saw at 1440p and 4K. But, we like to do things a little better here at TweakTown, so we've used the Titan X on an NVIDIA 4K Surround (6480x3840) setup, with that article available right here.


NVIDIA's GM200-based GeForce GTX Titan is one of the fastest, and in some cases, the fastest VGA card on the planet right now. If you're after a card that can handle some serious gaming and were considering purchasing two GTX 970s or GTX 980s in SLI, I urge you to reconsider and grab the Titan X instead.


SLI scaling in some games is still not so great, so you're always better off with a single, super-fast card - which is where the Titan X comes into play. NVIDIA has done it again with the Titan X, providing the world with a single GPU solution that runs rings around the competition.


Your move, AMD.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance (including Overclocking w/a)95%
Quality including Design and Build95%
General Features95%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money90%
Overall TweakTown Rating93%

The Bottom Line: NVIDIA regains control of the fastest single GPU in the world with the GeForce GTX Titan X. Unparalleled performance at high resolutions, with the Maxwell architecture continuing to shine in the GM200 core.

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