NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Review: Efficient, Powerful
Our Summary and Conclusion
Performance Summary: Summarizing the GeForce GTX Titan X’s performance couldn’t be any easier—it is the fastest single-GPU powered card in existence, especially if you plan to game at resolutions beyond 1440p. Across the board, the GeForce GTX Titan X outpaced all of the other single-GPU powered graphics cards we tested. In comparison to the Radeon R9 295X2, however, the Titan X didn’t fare quite at well. The 295X2 was the fastest card overall with the applications we used for testing, but it is outfitted with a pair of AMD’s best GPUs currently available.
In terms of power efficiency and overclocking, the GeForce GTX Titan X also impresses. Under load, despite packing nearly a billion more transistors and double the memory, and almost doubling the performance, the GeForce GTX Titan X consumed roughly the same amount of power of the original Titan. This is particularly impressive since the GPUs powering both cards are both manufactured at 28nm. With some simple tweaks, overclocking the Titan X GPU by almost 20% is also possible.
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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X will be available for sale starting today from nvidia.com, and will be made available from NVIDIA’s add-in card partners and system builders over the next few weeks. The asking price is cool $999 USD. For those of you that thought the Titan X would arrive at the Titan Z’s $2999, $999 may seem like a relatively bargain. But in light of the GeForce GTX 980 and Radeon 295X2, the Titan X’s asking price may force you to do a double-take. A pair of GeForce GTX 980 cards can be had for roughly 10% more than a Titan X (currently). And the Radeon R9 295X2, which outperformed the Titan X in our tests, is available for about $690 at the moment. Of course, the Titan X has a number of advantages over either setup—it features a single-GPU, it has a larger frame buffer, requires less power, etc.—but deciding which way to go will require more than looking at some performance numbers.
The GeForce GTX Titan X forces gamers that can afford a product of this type to evaluate more than just performance. It is the fastest single-GPU, bar none. But it is not the fastest GPU configuration available for about $1000. Should you value framerates above all else, the Titan X may not be for you. But if you also take noise, power consumption, form factor, and compatibility into consideration, suddenly the Titan X become more appealing. The decision will ultimately depend on what you value most in a killer gaming rig.
In the end, the GeForce GTX Titan X is what we all expected it to be after Jen Hsun’s unveiling—the most powerful graphics card NVIDIA has every released and that’s sure to get GeForce fans excited.