Test Configuration

Test Configuration – Hardware

  • Intel Core i7-6700K (reference 4.0GHz, HyperThreading and Turbo boost is on to 4.4GHz; DX11 CPU graphics).
  • ASRock Z7170M OC Formula motherboard (Intel Z7170 chipset, latest BIOS, PCIe 3.0/3.1 specification, CrossFire/SLI 8x+8x)
  • G.Skill Ripjaws V 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB, dual channel at 3000MHz)
  • TITAN X (Pascal), 12GB, stock clocks and overclocked, supplied by Nvidia
  • 2TB Toshiba 7200 rpm HDD
  • EVGA 1000G 1000W power supply unit
  • Thermaltake Water2.0, supplied by Thermaltake
  • Onboard Realtek Audio
  • Genius SP-D150 speakers, supplied by Genius
  • Thermaltake Overseer RX-I full tower case, supplied by Thermaltake
  • ASUS 12X Blu-ray writer
  • Monoprice Crystal Pro 4K (3840×2160)
  • ACER Predator X34 – 34″ WQHD 2K G-SYNC display (3440×1440), supplied by Nvidia

Test Configuration – Software

  • Nvidia’s GeForce 368.98 (TITAN X launch drivers) were used..  High Quality, prefer maximum performance, single display.  
  • VSync and G-SYNC are off in the control panel.
  • AA enabled as noted in games; all in-game settings are specified with 16xAF always applied
  • All results show average frame rates including minimum frame rates shown in italics on the chart next to the averages in smaller font.  Percentage increases are shown in a separate column.
  • Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games.
  • Windows 10 64-bit Home edition, all DX11 titles were run under DX11 render paths. DOOM is run under the OpenGL API.  Our four DX12 titles are run under the DX12 render path. Latest DirectX
  • All games/SW are patched to their latest versions at time of publication.
  • MSI’s latest beta version of Afterburner was used to set the Power and Temperature targets to their maximum.
  • Unigine Heaven 4.0 benchmark

The 25 PC Game benchmark suite & 2 synthetic tests


  • Firestrike – Extreme & Ultra
  • Time Spy DX12
DX11* Games
  • Crysis 3
  • Metro: Last Light Redux (2014)
  • Middle Earth: Shadows of Mordor
  • Alien Isolation
  • Dragon’s Age: Inquisition
  • Dying Light
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • ProjectCARS
  • the Witcher 3
  • Batman: Arkham Origins
  • Mad Max
  • Fallout 4
  • Star Wars Battlefront
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Just Cause 3
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • DiRT Rally
  • Far Cry Primal
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division 
  • DOOM (*OpenGL)
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst

DX12 Games

  • Ashes of the Singularity
  • Hitman
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Total War: Warhammer

Nvidia’s Control Panel settings:


We used MSI’s Afterburner to set the TITAN X Power and Temperature targets to their maximum.

Calculating Percentages

There are two methods of calculating percentages.  One is the “Percentage Difference” that we used to compare the GTX 1080 versus the TITAN X, and the other is “Percentage Change” which we are using now to show the performance improvements of the overclocked Pascal TITAN X over its stock clocks.

For the percentage change, we mean the increase in frame rates between the stock and the overclocked TITAN X, divided by the absolute value of the original stock frame rate in fps, multiplied by 100.

Percentage change may be expressed by the algebraic formula where “V” is Value: ( ΔV / |V1| ) * 100 = ((V2 – V1) / |V1|) * 100

Let’s get to our overclocking methods, and finally to the 26-game overclocked results.



    • I have my Titan XP water cooled using an EKWB full cover water block and back plate. Overclocks for GPU is a solid 2088Mhz (+220Mhz in MSI Afterburner) and GDDR5X is at 10,800Mhz (2 x 5400Mhz; +400Mhz in MSI Afterburner). Temps are amazing at a max of 50C under full load benchmarking. Actual temps when gaming vary between 32C-46C. And those temps are with an Intel 3930K @ 4.5Ghz (1.41V) in the same cooling loop! O.O

      • Nice. ☺️

        I’ve installed mine, but had some other issues with the machine and have been too busy to troubleshoot them, so I’m unsure how it’ll perform on air in my system. I’d like to water cool it, but may move to a new case with more room for that first.

          • Yep. Just got everything working last night. Played Doom at 4K w/ all graphics options maxed out and it was buttery smooth. The Steam controller I bought certainly takes some getting used to though!

            The fan on the card definitely gets loud, but it’s not *too* bad. I barely notice it when playing unless I actually think to listen for it. I’d still like to water cool it with that EKWB block. I need to see if I can cram a reservoir/pump in my case.

            I’d really like to properly water cool the CPU too. I have an H80i GT closed loop cooler on it now, but it doesn’t really seem sufficient. I might have to upgrade to a case with room for larger radiators.

          • Let me know if you want some advice on water cooling. A lot of it depends on how much you want to spend and what size of case is right for you. The smaller the case, the greater level the challenge. I have a Corsair 540 Air Carbide case and it is great for a water cooled build. The power supply, all the cables, and the pump/res unit sit hidden on the right side, while all the ‘eye candy’ resides on the left (visible) side. I’m already eyeing upgrading from X79 to X99 just to be able to use the new EKWB motherboard mono waterblock. It would cut down significantly on the number of tubes I have running from the CPU to the chipset and VRMs from 4 to 2 and would look a lot better as a well. Anyhoo, so let me know if you have any questions regarding your upcoming ‘rebuild’ 😉

          • The problem I run into is that most cases don’t have room for all my drives. I have 10×3.5 (HDD), 1×2.5 (SSD), and 1×5.25 (Blu-ray burner). My gaming machine is also my media server.

          • I’ve considered it, but since I had already built a decent system and only needed to install a video card and assign it to a Windows VM to be able to also use it for gaming, it was kind of a no-brainer. Less space needed, less cables to mess with, less overall power draw (and therefore heat output), etc. and I didn’t have to buy all the parts for a separate system. It’s just more efficient to do everything in one box.

  1. Mark, I forgot to say “THANK YOU!” for doing such an outstanding job with this review. It is still one of the handful of detailed reviews on how well the Titan XP performs stock vs. overclocked. I would like to ask if you could throw in some Titan XP performance numbers in the future – should you ever get hands on a second Titan XP 😉

    • You are welcome and it is our pleasure to bring you this review. I was amazed that BTR was picked as one of five North American tech sites to get a Titan XP from Nvidia, and I doubt that we will get a second one for further mGPU evaluation. However, we are going to continue this series next week with the Titan XP vs GTX 1070 SLI.

    • You are welcome, and it is our pleasure to bring you this review. I was amazed that BTR was picked as one of five North American tech sites to get a Titan XP from Nvidia, and I doubt that we will get a second one for further mGPU evaluation. However, we are going to continue this series next week with the Titan XP vs GTX 1070 SLI. I am getting some interesting results now.

      • My two cent guess is that the Titan XP (TXP) is performing on par and sometimes even better than the two GTX1070s in SLI, especially at higher UQHD and 4K/UHD resolutions. Multiple factors would cause this; 1) 192-bit memory bus, 2) slower GDDR5 memory (and less of it vs. TXP), and way less shader cores per rendered frame as the SLI has to share the alternate frame rendering duties.

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