After anticipating for a long time, I finally bought the new Nvidia Titans X Pascal graphics card.
Lets test out the Nvidia Titan X Pascal Benchmark – Now, what sets this apart from other cards is the new Pascal architecture, by 3584 NVIDIA CUDA® cores running at 1.5GHz, 10 Gbps Memory Speed and massive 12 GB’s of GDDR5X RAM.
In layman terms, this means that the new Pascal architecture brings a lot to the table. Being the fastest card on the market right now, it is a big step up from the previous Maxwell architecture cards like the 980 TI, 980, 970 etc.
This huge jump in raw processing power means that the card is designed for VR and for scientific research involving Deep learning. It’s not a gaming card, but it does a good job at it.
Compared to the last-gen GPU’s, this is a big and somewhat expensive upgrade, but if you feel that you are in dire need of this much power, then go for it. I personally think that this card is a bit of overkill for moderate gaming at 1080p but is absolutely fine for gaming at higher resolutions.
The NVidia Titan X Pascal card is designed with a heavy workload in mind, so running multiple displays shouldn’t be a problem. The TITAN X packs 11 TFLOPs of computing power and should have no problem running simulations and such for productivity. This is pretty good news for content creators. If paired with a capable multi-thread CPU and enough ram, you are going to get a real powerhouse of a system. It will chew through tasks easily without breaking a sweat and who doesn’t love that?
The gaming card comes in a pretty nice packaging. Opening it, the card itself was wrapped in an anti-static bag. There was also a badge and quick start guide along with other documentation. The packaging was extremely simple and premium, with a sturdy box. Upon removing the card from the bag, I was amazed by how good this card looked. The angular, fractal design perfectly complemented the specifications of this beast of a GPU!
The card itself was solid black with gray accents and I have to say, Nvidia did a really good job with the build quality of the card too. The NVidia Titan X Pascal is a dual slot card that takes up a bit of space in your chassis, so it is not ideal for small form-factor systems or systems with poor airflow.
Speaking of airflow, this card has a sophisticated cooling system; there is a blower-style fan on the top next to a big heat sink. Nvidia has used a vapor chamber cooling technology which offers superior heat dissipation.
Of course, because the card is so powerful, it requires a lot of power to run. It is rated for a TDP of 250 W which is likely to increase under load. The card supports overclocking through the NVidia app which also increases the power draw, so an adequate PSU is essential. Installation is simple and upon booting up, you can download the latest drivers from NVidia’s website and install them.
Nvidia Titan X Pascal Benchmark:
To test it out, I ran a couple of benchmarks, starting with Battlefield 4. Keep in mind, I was running an Intel Core i7-6700K with 16 GB RAM and the games were tested at maximum setting and 2K resolution.
I got an average speed of 55 FPS with a minimum of 45 FPS. The gameplay is nice and smooth but you can notice a slight stutter. I wasn’t sure why but assumed it was related to poor optimization. The performance is constant and the card never reached its maximum temperature.
On Far Cry 4, I got an average of 60 FPS and a minimum of 49 FPS. In Shadow of Mordor, I was getting a solid 65 FPS and a minimum of 50 FPS. After that, I ran Firestrike Ultra and got a score of 4600, that’s a lot, considering the card and processor aren’t even overclocked.
Comparing the performance of this card to the competition in the market shows interesting results. Compared to the Nvidia GTX 980TI this card easily outdoes it. However, two GTX 980TI’s in SLI is actually slightly better than this card. The increase in performance is roughly 10-13% but shows that two always beat one, given their price range. The direct rival of this card seems to be AMD’s R9 295X2. The R9 is cooled using an All in one cooler that enables it to reach higher speeds but the Titan X Pascal has better optimization and higher memory bandwidth and capacity. For some reason, the R9 295X2 beats this card in everything you throw at it. But it should be noted that the R9 295X2 is essentially two graphics cards in one. It also draws a lot more power than the Titan X and tends to get noisy.
After overclocking I was able to get a core speed increase of 40%. This goes to show that the card was probably built with at least some overclocking in mind. All overclocking was done using the provided Nvidia software and using the stock cooler. There is no doubt the card will overclock higher if other cooling methods are used. I would like to point out that most games don’t even reach the 12 GB memory mark. When running on the maximum settings, they barely even reach 6 GB. This proves the notion that it, in fact, is the world’s fastest gaming card.
In conclusion, for the price of this card, you could build an entire gaming system from scratch. This card is for enthusiasts and people with heavy workloads, but the sheer performance and numbers speak for themselves.