The NVIDIA TITAN X Performance Review

Author: SKYMTL
Date: March 16, 2015
Product Name: TITAN X
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A Closer Look at the TITAN X

While the retail packaging will vary depending on board partners, reviewers received their TITAN X’s in a package which points towards gaming rather than CUDA developer roots. “Inspired by Gamers, Built By NVIDIA” is a fitting slogan considering this card has gaming at its heart.

The TITAN X itself is a relatively straightforward affair, though its design mirrors the GTX 980 quite closely, the heatsink shroud takes inspiration from previous TITANs by going with an all-aluminum shell. Like all other high end NVIDIA cards as of late, its length remains 10.5” which should insure compatibility with smaller chassis. Along with a glowing GeForce GTX logo on the side, the design is a stunning one.

Even though the TITAN X is a 250W card, NVIDIA has been able to retain an air cooled heatsink design that uses a blower-style layout. This effectively exhausts hot air outside the case so there’s no to worry about increased ambient temperatures within your system.

Around back there’s a continuation of the internal heatsink that pokes out through an open duct which is supposed to feed the fan with cool air if the card is placed close to an obstruction. We can also see a basic 8+6 pin power input layout.

Even though the TITAN X’s rear PCB area is stacked full of GDDR5 modules, NVIDIA didn’t include a backplate cooler for some reason. While these modules don’t run excessively hot, there are plenty of enthusiasts out there who simply like the look of a clean backplate on their ultra expensive graphics cards.

Taking off the shroud reveals and extensive three-stage internal vapor chamber heatsink design that consists of two primary aluminum fin arrays alongside a full-coverage plate that covers the memory and several VRM components. There are also channels to direct and accelerate the fan’s airflow so it can be most effective in dissipating any built-up heat.

The card itself makes use of an advanced 6+2 phase PWM with insulated chokes to reduce whine at high framerates. Interestingly enough, there’s room for another power input connector on the PCB which perhaps points to it pulling double duty as a Tesla / Quadro workstation board as well.

The rear I/O area mirrors the one found on NVIDIA’s GTX 980 with a trio of DisplayPort outputs, a lone HDMI 2.0 port and the DVI output.

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