Performance Summary Charts & Conclusion
Performance summary charts
Here is the summary chart of 25 games and 3 synthetic tests. The highest settings are always chosen. DX12 is picked above DX11 where available, and the settings are ultra or maxed. Specific settings are listed on the performance charts. The benches were run at 2560×1440, 3840×1440, and at 3840×2160. We dropped 1920×1080 for this evaluation as it is rather pointless for overclocking the highest end video cards.
All results, except for FireStrike, Time Spy, and VRMark show average framerates and higher is always better. Minimum frame rates are shown next to the averages when they are available, but they are in italics and in a slightly smaller font. In-game settings are fully maxed out and they are identically high or ultra across all platforms.
The stock GTX 1080 Ti performance results are in the first green column (in white) and the GTX 1080 Ti overclocked results are shown in the second green column (in black) and the first (yellow) column shows the percentage increase from overclocking. The stock TITAN X performance results are in the fourth green column (in white) and the TITAN X overclocked results are shown in the third green column (in black) and the last (yellow) column shows its percentage increase from overclocking.
*Please note that the TITAN X overclocked results were switched with the stock numbers in The Witcher 3 at 2560×1440.
The GTX 1080 Ti and the TITAN X both overclock similarly with the GTX 1080 Ti having the performance edge because of its faster and much more overclockable memory.
If you don’t want want to overclock your TITAN X or GTX 1080 Ti at all, we would still suggest setting the Power and Temperature Limits to their maximum for a solid increase over completely stock values with very little differences in fan speeds or noise, and you will get more consistent results without any throttling.
Let’s head to our conclusion.
We would highly recommend overclocking either the TITAN X or the GTX 1080 Ti to get more performance. The main thing to remember if want as high an overclock as possible is to cool your room and to set the fan profile to as high as you can enjoy (or to 100%) and to go from there. If you just want significantly higher than NVIDIA’s Boost without overclocking, we would suggest setting Power and Temperature limits to their maximum for a solid increase over completely stock values with very little difference in fan speeds or noise, and you will get more consistent results without any throttling. If you want to save on energy, then NVIDIA’s completely stock values are great for good performance and a very quiet fan.
You also need to remember that Pascal overclocking is highly temperature dependent. Keep your GPU cool and you will max out your overclock. Adding voltage is secondary when it becomes available for the GTX 1080 Ti – it only moves the limit up a bit – as the GPU’s BIOS controls it automatically, and it is best used just to stabilize a marginal overclock.
For all the games in our benching suite, overclocking both our GTX 1080 Ti and our TITAN X brought noticeable performance gains, sometimes making a practical difference with increased frame rates for fluid performance, especially in borderline situations at the highest resolutions.
We are totally impressed with the GTX 1080 Ti. Priced at $700, it is still expensive but it stands as the world’s fastest gaming GPU, even faster than the $1200 TITAN X which is a hybrid card that is well-suited for Single Precision Compute and for scientific applications.
The GTX 1080 Ti is an ideal top card for 4K gaming and it is proving itself capable of handling nearly maxed-out settings at that extreme resolution. There are only a couple of games at 4K where settings might have to be dialed back a bit for a fluid gaming experience, and a WQHD G-SYNC display or a 4K display are perfect complements to the GTX 1080 Ti.
We have a lot of interesting evaluations planned for our readers. We plan to follow up this evaluation by evaluating the new Ryzen platform using our 25-game benchmark suite.
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