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The Star Wars TITAN Xp arrives – first benchmarks vs. the GTX 1080 Ti

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The Star Wars TITAN Xp Collector’s Edition Jedi Order Review

The TITAN Xp is not the latest GeForce GPU based on 16nm Pascal architecture, although today NVIDIA has just released a very special Star Wars Collector’s Edition that we are going to introduce and review.  It is faster than the $699 GTX 1080 Ti and it is also considerably more expensive  at $1200 for the either the Empire (Red/Dark Side) edition or for the Rebel (Green/Light Side) which is now available directly from NVIDIA.  This TITAN Xp is NVIDIA’s flagship video card, the fastest video card in the world, and it will definitely appeal to Star Wars memorabilia collectors.  There is no price premium for the Star Wars editions over regular TITAN Xp pricing.

We remember being reluctantly dragged to a movie opening on May 25, 1977 in San Francisco, California by an enthusiastic roommate who had been following it for many months.  Although the line was around the block, we got in and watched the public premiere of Star Wars.  We realized as we watched this movie, that it was the beginning of something special, and the Star Wars saga was born.  If you are a Star Wars fan, this new TITAN Xp Collector’s Edition is an impressive and well-designed work of collectible industrial art.

The new Jedi Order edition of the NVIDIA TITAN Xp is pictured above, and together with the Galactic Empire Edition, they have been crafted to reflect the look and feel of the Star Wars galaxy.  These new Star Wars collector’s edition video cards pay homage to the light side/dark side, and they are designed to appear as though they have come out of a Star Wars movie set.  For example, the Jedi Order edition is a stylized rendering of the hilt of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber as pictured above, and the light panels of the Galactic edition represent the Death Star.

The Jedi Order TITAN Xp simulates the battle-worn finish of the items used by the Rebel Alliance by having its diecast aluminum cover subjected to a controlled corrosive salt spray.

In contrast, the Galactic Empire GPU’s finish emulates the high-end and orderly nature of the resource-rich Galactic Empire.  And of course, the Empire’s lighting is red for the Galactic Empire edition that we did not receive, and green lighting is used for the Jedi Order TITAN Xp.  

Both editions of the TITAN Xp have multiple windowed areas to showcase the cards’ internals and lighting, simulating the effect of green versus red lightsabers. The finishes of  each edition took NVIDIA more than a year to perfect, and their extreme attention to detail shows.  In fact this card is so impressive that we asked to review EVGA’s new DG-7 mid-tower case that will showcase a video card in a vertical position – we feel that it is a shame to turn this TITAN Xp over.

The retail box packaging also pays homage to the Light and Dark sides of the Force, with the Jedi Order edition being offered in white, while the Galactic Empire edition is available in black.

We were totally surprised by NVIDIA and we received this card less than two days ago.  We were in the middle of benchmarking the i7-8700K using our new EVGA Z370 FTW motherboard, and our goal is to overclock it to 5.0GHz.  Unfortunately, the overclocking process completely destabilized Windows 10 and we had to install it again yesterday morning – so we are presenting 20 games instead of our usual complete 30+ game benchmark suite.

This evaluation will also serve as the introduction to our TITAN Xp mini-series.  In this Part 1, we are only going to cover twenty benchmarks at 3840×2160, 2560×1440, and 1920×1080 against the GTX 1080 Ti.  The TITAN Xp is the fastest video card in the world at $1200 and we want to thoroughly test it.

The TITANs are hybrid gaming cards, and this TITAN Xp supports all of the same same features that Nvidia’s Pascal architecture brings.  Pascal delivers high clock speeds while using relatively little power – the GeForce TITAN Xp runs over 1.5 GHz.  The TITAN Xp and the Quadro 6000 are based on the full GP102 chip, 3840 CUDA cores – all 30 of 30 SMs are enabled whereas the earlier TITAN XP (2016) only has 28 of 30 SMs as it is configured differently for a total of 3584 CUDA cores, and the GTX 1080 Ti is further slightly cut down from there.  All of the TITAN X’s comes equipped with 12GB of GDDR5X whereas the GTX 1080 Ti has 11GB of GDDR5X.

Our testing platform uses a clean installation of Windows 10 Home 64-bit, featuring an Intel Core i7-8700K which turbos to 4.6GHz for all cores as set in the EVGA FTW Z370 motherboard’s BIOS, and 16GB of HyperX DDR4 at 3333MHz. The settings and hardware are identical except for the drivers being tested.

However, before we do performance testing, let’s take a closer look at the Pascal Titan Xp Star Wars Jedi Order Collectors Edition .