Few people are going to plunk down $2,499 for NVIDIA's beastly Titan RTX graphics card if all they want to do is play games, that's a fair statement. Those that do, however, will end up with a very fast card. This is evidenced by some early benchmarks, including a 3DMark run in which an overclocked and liquid cooled Titan RTX topped 40,000 points in the Graphics test.
Titan RTX, or T-Rex, as NVIDIA has appropriately nicknamed it, is built around the company's Turing GPU. It's an unabashed representation of the full Turing TU102GPU, in fact, with 4,608 CUDA cores, 576 Tensor cores, and 72 RT cores. At stock settings, it has a 1,350MHz base clock and 1,770MHz boost clock, and can pummel workloads with 130 teraflops of deep learning performance and 11 gigarays of ray tracing performance.
In other words, it's a burly graphics card. An overclocker who goes by the name "Death" on Twitter made it even burlier by integrating the Titan RTX into his liquid cooling setup and overclocking the the GPU to 2,070MHz. He also pushed the memory to 2,025MHz, up from 1,750MHz. This yielded the following benchmark results in 3DMark's Fire Strike test:
- Overall Score: 31,862
- Graphics Score: 41,109
- Graphics Test 1: 202 frames per second
- Graphics Test 2: 160.28 frames per second
Those are certainly impressive numbers, but there's also a couple of caveats. One is the obvious: the price. This is by far the most expensive RTX graphics cards, and it's really designed for enthusiasts and professionals who need a top-end GPU for work and play. Yes, you could pick one up and use it strictly for gaming, but the other caveat is that the performance isn't leaps and bounds ahead of the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, according to these numbers.
Hassan Mujtaba at WCCFTech noted that he was able to overclock his GeForce RTX 2080 Ti to 2,175MHz on the GPU and 2,205MHz on the memory using an air cooler, and at those speeds, it posted a Graphics score of 39,958 in Fire Strike. There's only a 3 percent gap in scores.
So what's going on? JayzTwoCents posted a bunch of benchmarks of the Titan RTX on YouTube, and in the video he surmises that it doesn't overclock nearly as well as the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti because it features more densely packed CUDA cores within a slightly larger die space.
That said, the Titan RTX is still faster overall than the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti. The performance gap differs by game and resolution, with some of the biggest gains found in Hitman and Shadow of the Tomb Raider. Here's a look at a few of his benchmark graphs...
While the performance gap isn't huge in most cases, it's interesting to see what a full Turing TU102 GPU can do. Of course, the real tests will come in time as more games emerge with ray tracing support, and as developers get better at optimizing both ray tracing effects and DLSS on Turing cards.