This is the NVIDIA GTX Titan XP. It’s currently the fastest video card for gaming. And now we’re going to review it.
In 2013, NVIDIA released the world’s fastest consumer graphics card. It was called the GeForce GTX Titan, dominated everything else in games, and even had double precision floating point operations rivaling Quadro cards. Then in 2014, they released the Titan Z, which was effectively two Titan chips crammed into one card. Again, the fastest single card on the market.
Jump forward another year, and in 2015 the GeForce GTX Titan X was released. Again, the fastest single card on the market. Jump forward yet another year, and in 2016, they released the NVIDIA Titan X. No, that wasn’t a mistake. They are actually both called the Titan X. Interestingly enough, they dropped the GeForce GTX part of the title in order to try and differentiate the card more from their regular consumer gaming lineup.
It was still confusing, so people on the internet started calling it the Titan XP, since it was based on the pascal architecture. Well guess what, it’s 2017 and NVIDIA still loves making things difficult, so here is the new new NVIDIA Titan XP.
Just like every other video card with the name Titan in it, this is currently the fastest single video card you can get for gaming. And just like before, the Titan XP has better double floating point operation performance compared to the average gaming card, but nothing as good as the 1/3 FP64 found on the original Titan’s.
From the outside, you’d be hard-pressed to find any differences visually. The card uses the exact same blower style cooler as the current Pascal cards, down to the same chrome TITAN X logo. The biggest difference comes down to the outputs – the original new Titan X has a DVI port, while the 1080 Ti and the new Titan XP both do not. That shrinks the card down to just a single slot wide if you decide to put a water block on it.
Looking at MSI Afterburner, we’re hitting an average boost clock of 1797MHz with peaks up to 1873MHz. Our temperature stays at a peak of 70 degrees before our clock speed tops out, so there’s definitely room for even higher clock speeds if you water-cooled this card.
But enough of that. What about in games? First, here are the specifications of the Titan X, the GTX 1080 Ti, and the new Titan XP.
** Specifications **
You can already start to predict the performance based on the numbers alone. Since we already know from our previous reviews that the 1080 Ti offers equal if not better performance than the Titan X in everything, we’ll eliminate it from our table just to make things simpler.
** Slide show of graphs and gameplay footage and benchmark results **
Whether we’re looking at synthetic benchmarks or in game performance, the new Titan XP is 5 to 16 percent faster than the 1080 Ti across the board. We tested Battlefield 1, GTA 5, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Witcher 3, Unigine Valley, and 3DMark’s Firestrike and Time Spy.
I mean, let’s face it – This is a $1200 video card. We knew it was going to be fast. But is it worth it? Well, that all depends on who you are as a person. If you enjoy kicking puppies or knocking ice cream out of the hands of toddlers, then no, this video card isn’t for you.
But in all seriousness, it depends on what you intend to do with it. For us mere mortals, then no, you don’t need a Titan X. If you’re looking for something for gaming, then you’re better off buying a GTX 1080 Ti for $700 instead. If you were dead set on spending $1200 for the Titan, then save an extra $200 and get a second 1080 Ti for SLI instead.
If you’re an industry professional, and you want to do some 3d modeling or some real time deep learning algorithms then this might be more suitable for you. Many applications do not support multiple graphics cards, so you need to use the single fastest card you can. While it’s nowhere near as fast as an equivalent Tesla card for pure computing power, the Titan XP still lets you game.
And that brings us to our conclusion. The original Titan was a very special card that bridged the gap between consumer gaming graphics cards and workstation graphics cards. It had very good computing power, and the best gaming performance all in one card. But now, that gap is a bit more blurred. The latest Titan XP offers an improvement of just 5-15% above a 1080 ti, with a price tag that’s bigger by 70%. And Tesla compute accelerators are in a whole different league with a multitude of features that aren’t found in GeForce GTX class cards.
One thing we should point out is availability. The only way to get your hands on a Titan XP is to either buy one directly from NVIDIA or buy it with a pre-configured PC from a system integrator such as NCIX PC. Retailers aren’t allowed to sell the card on it’s own, and board partners such as ASUS, MSI, or Gigabyte aren’t allowed to create custom versions of the card.
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