The NVIDIA TITAN X 12GB Performance Review

Author: SKYMTL
Date: August 2, 2016
Product Name: TITAN X 12GB
Part Number: TITAN X
Warranty: 3 Years
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Overclocking; As if it Wasn't Fast Enough

So if youíve reached this part of the review youíll likely know the TITAN X is ridiculously fast but thatís not to infer thereís no room left in its boundless tank of performance. Hardly. After spending just two days with this thing I can say that NVIDIA was actually a bit conservative with their out-of-box clock speeds. Why? Well from a percentage-based perspective it actually has the highest amount of overclocking headroom Iíve seen from any Pascal-based GPU. Talking to a few other members of the press and lucky system builders who have been testing it, Iím not alone either. There are however a few limits we need to be aware of.

First and foremost NVIDIA hasnít allowed for any software-based voltage unlocking, at least for the time being. In my conversations with them, there were some vague rumblings of potential over-voltage tools in the future but no promises they would ever materialize.

Thereís also the nature of this direct-sale, reference-only card; it will never be available with a custom heatsink and thatís quite disappointing since the stock cooler isnít meant to hold the fort when the TITAN X is pushed above its predetermined limits. It runs hot but Iím positive anyone who puts it under water will realize some unreal performance.

So with all of that being said, what was achieved? With the generous 20% Power Limit overhead NVIDIA currently provides, a constant core frequency of 1923MHz and GDDR5X modules that operated just north of 11Gbps. Remember, the TITAN Xís Boost speed is listed at about 1500MHz. It did require a fan speed of 50% but that still wasnít all that bad from an acoustics perspective.

Naturally, the kind of raw framerates that are achievable at those speeds is like trying to take a drink from a fire hose. Words just canít describe it so Iíll let some charts do the talking. In short what you are seeing is a single TITAN X achieve performance levels that almost approach two GTX 1080ís in SLI. I don't care what side of the AMD / NVIDIA divide you are swinging from; that's just bonkers.


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