- Unparalleled single-GPU performance.
- Equipped with 12GB of video memory.
- Generally cool and quiet.
- Absurdly expensive.
- High power demands.
If you can justify the Pascal Titan X in your budget, it will provide the hands-down best gaming performance of any graphics card ever made.
In terms of die size, the Pascal Titan X$1,501.68 at Amazon is bulky—a 471mm square compared with the 314mm-square GTX 1080—but the card is the same length as the 1080. The Titan X uses 4.8 billion transistors, for those keeping count, and has a staggering 12GB of RAM—better than the 1080’s already-strong 8GB. The Titan X boasts 3,584 CUDA cores to the 1080’s 2,560, and a 384-bit memory bus, a step up from the 1080’s 256-bit bus. The wider bus gives the Titan X memory bandwidth of 480GBps rather than the 1080’s 320GBps.
Power consumption is also up, unsurprisingly: The thermal design power (TDP) is 250 watts, compared with the 180-watt rating of the 1080. The card does require two power connectors, an eight-pin and a six-pin, so factor in some supplementary plugs. The Titan X’s clock speed is lower than the 1080’s (1,417MHz versus 1,607MHz)—a good thing, since you don’t want this extra-powerful card to burn a hole in your desk. Likewise, its maximum boost clock speed is 1,531MHz, with the 1080’s at 1,733MHz. Of course, the Titan X still provides superior performance.
The Pascal Titan X simply outclasses every other high-end card on the market, and doesn’t truly have any similarly priced competition. It was roughly 35 percent faster than the cutting-edge GTX 1080 Founders Edition on the Fire Strike Ultra test, and 22 percent faster than the huge, power-hungry, overclocked Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Amp Extreme$689.99 at Amazon. During testing with a variety of specific titles, including some that run at 4K, the Pascal Titan X consistently came out on top. It’s up to you to decide if those extra frames are worth the significant jump in cost, however.
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