NVIDIA Titan RTX: Our Summary And Verdict
Performance Summary: Summarizing the NVIDIA Titan RTX’s performance is somewhat difficult, because there are a few comparisons to be made. Versus the GeForce GTX 2080 Ti, the Titan RTX is faster in gaming and compute workloads across the board. In the content creation tests, the Titan RTX is also typically faster, but CPU limitations and / or driver support can tip the scales towards one or the other, as was evidenced by some of the SPECviewperf results. Versus the professional workstations-class GPUs, the Titan RTX also looked strong. The Titan RTX traded victories with the much more expensive Quadro P6000 in the some of the SPECviewperf tests, but clearly outpaced the P6000 everywhere else. Of course the Titan RTX is based on a totally new architecture and more powerful GPU, and is more in-line with the Quadro RTX 6000, though we unfortunately don’t have that card on-hand for testing at the moment.
Your view of the NVIDIA Titan RTX may be skewed by your particular use case. If you’re a gamer and enthusiast, the Titan RTX doesn’t make much sense. Yes, it is technically the fastest card in NVIDIA’s line-up for gaming at the moment, but paying over $1,000 more for about a 10% uptick in performance (give or take a few percentage points) obviously wouldn’t be the best use of your money. In real-world gaming scenarios there would be little perceptible difference playing on either a 2080 Ti or Titan RTX. Unless you’re wealthy and/or need to have the best-of-the-best in your PC, gamers really shouldn’t be considering the Titan RTX.
Quadro P6000 currently sells for about $3,900, the Quadro RTX 5000 about $2,450, and a Titan V about $3,588. Versus all three of those cards, the Titan RTX has advantages in memory capacity and compute performance. And at $2,499, it’s significantly less costly than the P6000 or Titan V. The Quadro RTX 6000, which has a similar GPU has an MSRP of $4,000, and then there's the RTX 8000 with a massive 48GB of memory, but we haven’t seen either available for sale just yet. If you’re a content creation professional or engineer / scientist running workloads that can benefit from the Titan RTX’s relatively strong compute performance and large 24GB memory capacity, its $2,499 asking price may -- dare we say -- seem like a relatively bargain.
As was the case with all of NVIDIA’s previous Titan-branded graphics cards, the Titan RTX is a premium product with features and specifications that set it apart from consumer-class offerings and encroach on traditional pro-graphics territory. Its ultimate appeal is going to depend on your use case and budget, but on its own, this is one heck of a powerful GPU that was fun to put through its paces.