NVIDIA GeForce TITAN X Pascal Graphics Card Review

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Posted by Paul Malfy on Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 8:00am

Introduction

As enthusiasts, we always strive for the best. Be it the latest motherboard, RAM, or processor. However, there is one component that is perhaps, the most enticing to upgrade. A piece to the electronic puzzle that is the perfect system. One that’s not only the easiest to swap out, but can have one of the biggest impacts on your system overall.  I’m talking about the graphics cards, of course. Whether you’re a gamer, animator or a video editor, a quality graphics card is essential to either a proper gaming  rig or workstation. Some people even run 2 or more cards in a SLI. However, many of us want the most powerful card money can buy and can’t be bothered with the headaches the SLI or Crossfire can bring.

Well, if you’re one of those types that wants the best card money can buy and just don’t care about the performance per dollar stat, then NVIDIA has got you covered with the Pascal refresh of the TITAN X. But, can this card live up to the claims that NVIDIA has been making? Could we finally have a single card 4K solution? I’d like to thank the good people at Cutting Edge Gamer, leader in leasing graphics cards, for sending me this TITAN X to review. Now, let’s see if this card lives up to the hype. 

History of the Titan

The TITAN X is looks strikingly similar to the Founders Edition 1080 and 1070

NVIDIA made History when the introduces us to the idea of the $1,000 GPU on February 21, 2013 with the release of the original GeForce GTX Titan. This revolutionary card was sporting a GK110 GPU. The Titan has 6gb of GDDR5 memory on a 384-bit memory bus, 2688 Cuda Cores, just over 7 billion transistors, and a base and max boost clock of 837 MHz and 993mhz.  One year later, on February 18, 2014, NVIDIA launched the Titan Black. The Titan Black was still on a GK-110 GPU, but a slightly upgraded GPU. This time with 2880 Cuda cores. A base clock of 889 MHz and a max boost of 1058. However, the rest of the specs stayed the same, as did the price.

A month later, NVIDIA did something they have yet to repeat. They released the GTX Titan Z, a dual GK 100 GPU card, priced at $3000. This was literally 2 of the GPUs that were on the Titan Black, on a single card. However, since it’s like running 2 GPUs in SLI, it only has 6gb of GDDR5 usable. All of these Titans were using the Kepler architecture. It wasn’t until March 17, 2015 with the Maxwell architecture GM200 GPU that the TITAN X launched. This card was a monster. With 12gb of GDDR5 on a 384-bit memory bus, 8 billion transistors 3072 Cuda Cores and a base and boost of 1000 MHz and 1177 MHz. Although the TITAN X didn’t have the double precision performance of the previous Titans, this was the fastest GeForce card ever made, until Now. One August 2, 2016, NVIDIA unleashed the Pascal TITAN X. A card that dwarfs not only every Titan NVIDIA ever made, but every GeForce card to ever hit the market.

About Pascal Architecture

Pascal is designed to offer the highest performance for deep learning and other compute performance. Pascal is NVIDIA’s successor to their 28 NM Maxwell Architecture. The Pascal microarchitecture uses the 16 nanometer FinFET manufacturing process from TSMC, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company. With 150 billion transistors, Pascal is the world’s largest FinFET Chip ever built. Delivering over 5 Teraflops of double precision performance, Pascal is also the most powerful architecture ever inside of a GPU.

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