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NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Review

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Conclusion:

What more is there left to say? The GTX Titan X is nothing short of a game changer in every sense of the words. There is not a single game that it cannot play well with high end settings at 2560 x 1440 and easily makes 4K gaming a reality when you tweak the settings a bit and employ NVIDIA's own MFAA technology. There was not a single gaming test I ran where it was not the highest performing card in the comparison. A clean sweep if you will.

At least when you look at the gaming tests that's an accurate statement. With so much more hardware under the cover the card is going to run a bit hotter and use a bit more power than the GTX 980 under load. That it did, but still even with the higher hardware counts the GM200 Maxwell architecture-based GTX Titan X still was more power efficient than the R9 290X, AMD's best single GPU card. That really says something about how well the technology works from a power efficiency standpoint. When you look at it it's a win all the way around.

If the stock performance delivered by NVIDIA's GTX Titan X is not enough to meet the demand (is there really ever enough?,) then overclocking the GTX Titan X is the next logical step. NVIDIA stated it had seen Turbo Boost speeds in excess of 1400MHz in its testing. This range was right on the money and the sample I have was able to deliver a Turbo Boost speed of 1418MHz or close to a 32% boost on the 3072 CUDA cores that pushed the FPS performance of the card just that much higher.

Adding in the memory overclock of 208MHz and really there is nothing this card cannot play. It's another level of performance not seen unless you start pushing a pair of cards in a multi-GPU solution. That being said the GTX Titan X can be run in 2, 3, and 4-Way SLI configurations in a supporting motherboard to allow the end user to take advantage of NVIDIA's Surround technology and even move into the Virtual Reality realm.

NVIDIA built this card to not only handle gaming loads today, but into the future with the upcoming release of Windows 10 and DirectX 12. Packed with 12GB of GDDR5 memory that runs with the company's memory compression algorithms, you get significant improvements to memory bandwidth across the board that will allow gamers to not run into memory limitations. Something that will ultimately limit gaming performance at 4K resolutions.

The GTX Titan X proved to be a quiet card in the chassis when the fan speeds were controlled by the card, all the while keeping the card well under the 91 °C thermal threshold. The vapor chamber cooling solution does the job well when packed into such a limited space. Cooling performance can be enhanced without the associated whine you get from competing cards. You will hear the air moving, but that's to be expected when the fan speed hits 100% when manually controlled. At this point cooling performance is vastly improved.

Pricing on the GTX Titan X comes in at $999. A big price premium over the $530-$600 price point of the GTX 980. For that price premium you do get a significant uptick in gaming performance. The key is, will that meet your needs? The GTX Titan X is not a bargain proposition, but delivers the gaming performance needed for next-gen DX 12 games.

In the end it comes down to how much FPS do you want for your chosen price point. Ultimately NVIDIA has put together a card that delivers absolutely outstanding performance with stunning good looks to match. It takes advantage of the entire NVIDIA ecosystem from G-SYNC, PhysX, MFAA, DSR, VXGI, and now the move into Virtual Reality to give the gamers that choose to play at this level the best card on the market at this point in time.

 

Pros:

  • Great performance
  • Good looks
  • Low noise
  • Single card 4K Gaming
  • DX 12 ready
  • Overclocking
  • New feature set

 

Cons:

  • Pricing
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