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NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Review

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Testing:

Testing NVIDIA's latest "Halo" card, the GTX Titan X, will consist of running it and comparison cards through the OverclockersClub.com suite of games and synthetic benchmarks. This will test the performance against many popular competitors. Comparisons will be made to cards of a range of capabilities to show where each card falls on the performance ladder. The games used are some of today's newest and most popular titles, which should be able to provide an idea of how the cards perform relative to each other.

The system specifications will remain the same throughout the testing. No adjustments will be made to the respective control panels during the testing to approximate the performance the end user can expect with a stock driver installation. I will be testing the cards at their stock speeds to see how they stack up and will test each one to find the maximum stable overclock. The cards will be placed in order from highest to lowest performance in each graph to show where they fall by comparison. Resolutions of 1920 x 1080, 2560 x 1440, and 3840 x 2160 will be used. The NVIDIA comparison cards using the 347.25 drivers while the AMD-based cards will be using the Catalyst 14.12 Omega drivers. The GTX Titan X will be using the 347.84 release drivers.

 

Testing Setup:

Comparison Video Cards:

 

 

Overclocking:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X:  Core 1418MHz,  Memory 1958MHz

 

When it comes to overclocking an NVIDIA Maxwell-based video card, the Boost clock speeds just seem to keep climbing as long as you have both thermal and power margin available, to a point. With this sample of the GTX Titan X it more or less meets that criteria and then some. The standard clock speed for the core is 1000MHz with a boost clock of 1079MHz right out of the box. NVIDIA has stated that it has seen boost clock speeds on the core scaling into the the 1400MHz range. This pretty much gives you a boost clock speed window to shoot for on the core.

The Titan X is equipped with 12GB of GDDR5 memory, double what the original Titan was equipped with. Rated for operation at an effective data rate of 7Gbps or 1752MHz, I have seen the latest cards delivering data rates close to 8Gbps or more. It's a crap shoot and up to the silicon gods, but 1950MHz+/- should be doable.

To overclock this card I used MSI's Afterburner overclocking and tuning application to get the most out of this card. You can use any of the tools out there including EVGA Precision or ASUS GPU Tweak tool just as easily. I just used Afterburner. After opening up the tool you can see that there was no voltage adjustment available to overvolt the card. Not a problem for some of you, but nonetheless that's what we have. That being said I pushed the clock speed up into the +200Mhz range, maxed out the fan speed at 100%, and started running tests to validate stability. I kept pushing the clock speed and testing until Unigine 4 would fail. Sadly the next push up failed at +233Mhz on the core. Bringing it back down to +216Mhz did the trick and delivered a 1418Mhz boost clock speed, a 339Mhz clock speed bump that drives performance higher.

The memory clock speed scales well on Maxwell cards, helping drive up memory bandwidth. I pushed the memory speed up by +300Mhz to start andwhen that passed all the tests I kept pushing until it failed. The final result was +410 or 1958Mhz. This is a 200Mhz+ boost in memory clock speed, further driving the insane bandwidth numbers even higher on the Titan X.

Overclocking was indeed impressive to go with the performance of the card in all of the games.

 

Maximum Clock Speeds:

Testing for the maximum clock speed consisted of looping Unigine Heaven 4.0 for thirty minutes each to see where the clock speeds failed when pushed. If the clock speed adjustment failed, then the clock speeds and tests were re-run until they passed a full hour of testing.

 

 

  • Gaming Tests:
  1. Metro: Last Light
  2. BioShock Infinite
  3. Crysis 3
  4. Far Cry 4
  5. Battlefield 4
  6. Assassin's Creed Unity
  7. Batman: Arkham Origins
  8. Unigine Heaven Benchmark 4.0
  9. 3DMark

 

  • Usage:

  1. Temperatures
  2. Power Consumption



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