This evaluation is the second part of our ongoing Pascal TITAN X series. We have expanded our original article from Wednesday to include all 25 games of our benchmark suite, and we have added a new 3440×1440 WQHD resolution to our standard 3840×2160 and 2560×1440 benching resolutions. We have dropped 1920×1080 as it is meaningless for such powerful cards as the GTX 1080 and the TITAN X because 1080P is hopelessly bottlenecked by even a Core i7 6700K at 4.4GHz.
The TITAN X is Nvidia’s fourth GeForce GPU based on 16nm Pascal architecture. It is much faster than the GTX 1080 – formerly the world’s fastest video card until last week. It is also considerably more expensive compared with the GTX 1080 which launched at $699 for the reference Founders Edition. The TITAN X is premium-priced starting at $1200 and it is only available directly from Nvidia. Besides being the world’s fastest video card, TITAN X is a hybrid card that is also useful for Single Precision (SP) and Deep Learning compute programs.
Last week, we received a TITAN X for evaluation from Nvidia together with a 3440×1440 ACER Predator X34 (2K/21:9) G-SYNC display last week. The Predator X34 is truly an amazing 34″ display which we shall evaluate later, and it is an excellent match for the TITAN X. As you can see, the Predator’s curved 21:9 screen dwarfs our 28″ 3440×2160 16:9 4K display. 2K super-widescreen WQHD displays are rightly becoming popular and we are going to bench top gaming video cards regularly at this resolution instead of at 1920×1080.
Part 3 of our TITAN X mini-series will be posted mid-week and it will also use our entire 25 game benchmark suite to compare the new Pascal TITAN X with the Maxwell TITAN X to see how much progress has been made, and Part 4 will be devoted to overclocking the TITAN X. Finally, our last segment will be devoted to Compute and to Deep Learning TITAN X benchmarks.
Instead of repeating all of the same information in our GTX 1080 launch review or in last week’s TITAN X introduction, we are going to highlight the differences between the GTX 1080 and the TITAN X. The Titan X is based on GP102 whereas the GTX 1080 is based on GP104. The Titan X has a total of 3584 CUDA cores and it comes equipped with 12GB of GDDR5X whereas the GTX 1080 has 8GB of GDDR5X and 2580 CUDA cores. The TITAN X also features Peak Single Precision performance – 11 TFLOPs FP32 (32-bit floating point) and also has a new instruction set for deep learning inference, 44 TOPS INT8. It features 12GB of memory for scientific applications and also for extreme resolutions in gaming.
However, the TITAN X is still a gaming card, and it supports all of the same new features that Nvidia’s Pascal architecture brings. Pascal delivers high clock speeds while using relatively little power – the GeForce TITAN X runs over 1.5 GHz with a TDP of 250W. Pascal’s 16nm manufacturing process allows the TITAN X to perform faster than Maxwell generation GPUs giving it a huge performance lead over the older TITAN X.
Our testing platform is Windows 10 Home 64-bit, using an Intel Core i7-6700K at 4.00GHz which turbos to 4.4GHz for all cores as set in the ASRock Z7170 motherboard’s BIOS, and 16GB of G.SKILL DDR4 at 3000MHz. The settings and hardware are identical except for the cards being tested. Today, we are featuring all 25 games of our benchmark suite, and we are also including four DX12 games – Ashes of the Singularity, Hitman, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Total War Warhammer – plus Futuremark’s recently released DX12 benchmark, Time Spy.
Here are the full specifications for the TITAN X:
How does the TITAN X compare with the GTX 1080?
From the specifications alone, we see that the TITAN X is considerably faster than the GTX 1080. To confirm this and to show how much faster, we are going to look at 25 games to compare the performance of the GTX 1080 with the TITAN X. We are also adding a new feature to BTR’s reviews – percentages of difference between the two video cards. We will explain how we calculate our percentages in the “Test Configuration”.
We are going to concentrate on the two fastest single-GPU cards in the world, the TITAN X and the GTX 1080. AMD’s flagship, the Fury X, is slower than the GTX 1080 and in our ongoing tests, it has failed to win a single benchmark. The TITAN X will be in a class even higher than the GTX 1080 which easily beat AMD’s fastest card. AMD is pinning their hopes on next year’s big chip, Vega.
Let’s check out the test configuration.