340W Under Load
The power consumption on the Titan X was something I was very interested in testing, as the GeForce GTX 1080 is already an incredibly efficient graphics card. But, what could NVIDIA do with another PCIe power connector? Not much, power consumption wise, but performance wise it blows the doors off of everything else I've ever tested.
As you can see on our power consumption chart, NVIDIA's new Titan X is incredibly power efficient, considering the performance it is capable of. The GeForce GTX 1080 is an incredibly power efficient card with our entire Core i7-5960X test bed using just 230W under load, while the Titan X uses another 110W, but the performance is there to justify the increase in performance.
I'm sure that you can see throughout my review that I've used my previous AMD Radeon RX 480 CrossFire results, and here you can see that two mid-range GPUs from AMD use 390W total, 50W more than the new Titan X and with performance that simply can't touch it. But on the flip side, two RX 480s are a mountain of cash cheaper than a single Pascal-based Titan X.
Temperature & Noise
NVIDIA has kept the thermals in check with the new Pascal-based Titan X, with our sample running at a maximum of 69C. All I did was throw it in and load it with benchmarks and games at 1080p, 1440p, and 4K, and it kept under 70C without a problem. Although, it did get kind of loud.
I'm not used to NVIDIA's new Pascal-based graphics cards making noise, but the new Titan X sure did. The fan will spin up considerably when it gets hot, but you can tune this through software - and really, at the end of the day, you're spending $1200 on a graphics card. You want the performance, just like I do, and you don't care if the card is loud.
It's not that loud where it becomes a distraction, but after hours of gaming on it, it will get annoying - so you'll want to keep that in mind. But it's something I've always said: deliver me unrivaled performance, and I do not care about thermals and noise - as long as it's justified in its horsepower. NVIDIA has provided that, and some, with the new Titan X.
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