Earlier this week, NVIDIA came out of absolutely nowhere with an announcement of a new top-end TITAN X, following-up to the Pascal-based TITAN X released (also out of nowhere) last summer. This new TITAN X, somewhat confusingly called TITAN Xp, offers more CUDA cores and faster memory than the previous gen Titan X for the same $1,200 USD price tag. It's also of course faster than a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Regardless, if you happened to have been in the market for such a luxury, then this announcement came at just the right time.
Based on the TITAN Xp's specs, and what we know of the GeForce 1080 Ti (read our review), it's not hard to gauge how much faster it's going to be over the latest top-end GeForce, but that doesn't rule out the want for some real benchmarks - real benchmarks which the folks at system-builder MAINGEAR were eager to supply.
Oh, did we mention that two of these beauts were taking part in some of those benchmarks? Get ready to drool. But first, here's a quick recap of TITAN Xp's features:
- NVIDIA's GeForce TITAN Xp
- 12GB GDDR5X memory operating at 11.4 Gbps
- Maximum memory bandwidth of 548Gbps
- 3,840 CUDA cores running at a clock speed of 1.6GHz
- 12 TFLOPs of compute power
- Available direct from NVIDIA with an MSRP of $1,200
If you've ever run any current Futuremark 3DMark benchmark tool suite on your own PC, you're probably aware that your personal system performance will leave a lot to be desired. That's effectively the point; 3DMark is built to be future-proof. Well, when you slap two TITAN Xps together, the benchmark (found at 7m 30s in the video) becomes silky smooth, often pegging at 60 FPS in the test's main graphics tests. When all was said and done, the SLI setup hit 22,998 in 3DMark Extreme (1440p), whereas on a single card, it hit 13,188. For comparison's sake, a GTX 1080 Ti inside of a 4GHz Intel 8-core system hits 12,500 on the Extreme test.
In Unigine's Valley running at 1080p max detail, with 8x MSAA, a singe TITAN Xp can hit 140 FPS - perfect territory for those 144Hz gamers. If you're wondering why 1080p is being tested, it's simply because MAINGEAR was streaming at that resolution. This happens to be the single Titan Xp card score.
One thing's certain, based on the synthetics run: TITAN Xp is a serious gaming beast. That said, it's not so much faster than the GTX 1080 Ti that its added cost will be justified for most people (we're talking a difference of $500, after all). But for those willing and able to go the ultra high-end route, a ridiculously fast (and expensive) setup awaits.