Performance Summary Charts & Conclusion

Performance summary charts

Here are the summary charts of 25 games and 2 synthetic tests. The highest settings are always chosen and it is usually DX11.  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.

All results, except for FireStrike and Time Spy, 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 TITAN  performance results are in the first column (in black) and the TITAN X overclocked results are shown in the second column (in white).  The 3rd column shows the percentage increase from overclocking.

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Considering that the TITAN X is overclocked by 11.6% over the stock TITAN X settings (with maximum Power/Temp limits), we see very good scaling in games generally from 6% to 11%, depending on the game and the resolution.

If you don’t want want to overclock your TITAN X 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.  And of course, we were unable to set voltages beyond their stock values yet.

Let’s head to our conclusion.

Conclusion:

We would highly recommend overclocking the TITAN X with MSI’s Afterburner.   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 advertised Boost of 1531MHz 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.DSCN1594

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 – it only moves the limit up a bit – as the GPU’s BIOS controls it automatically, and it is best used to stabilize a marginal overclock.  Unfortunately, no overclocking utility yet supports voltages increases for the TITAN X for the extreme overclockers.

For all the games in our benching suite, overclocking our TITAN X by 11.6% 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 this top performing Pascal TITAN X chip.  Priced at $1200, it is certainly expensive but it stands alone as the world’s fastest gaming GPU.  On top of that, it is a hybrid card well suited for Single Precision Compute and for scientific applications.DSCN1574

The TITAN X is an ideal card for 4K and it may well be the first video card to be able to handle 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 TITAN X.

The Verdict:

  • If you want the fastest video card available today, the TITAN X at $1200 is in a class completely by itself, easily topping the performance of the GTX 1080 which was recently the fastest card at $699.  It also features decent overclocking ability.  However, you may have to wait awhile as the TITAN X is still sold out at Nvidia’s store.

We have a lot of interesting evaluations planned for our readers.  We plan to follow up this evaluation with one devoted to overclocking the PowerColor Red Devil RX 470 to its maximum, and we have an EVGA GTX 1060 SC evaluation on the way for publication here next week.  And we intend to conclude our TITAN X series with two future evaluations comparing it with GTX 1070 SLI, and also by running compute and deep learning benchmarks.

In the meantime, join BTR’s Community for great tech discussions and also feel free to comment on this Overclocking Analysis in the comments section below.

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