Nvidia Titan X Pascal GPU Review
Today we are going review one of the most professional level GPU from Nvidia, Titan X Pascal graphics card. No doubt it is one of the most powerful GPU out there, but there’s one problem with it, It is very expensive. it is one big issue that we came across while reviewing Titan X Pascal graphics card, and you will have to pay around $1,200 for it, which is enough to make a hole in your pocket. But if money is not the problem for you, it is the most powerful and best graphics card that you can include on your PC for having the best gaming experience.
However, we would like to mention that, it is not for everyone, and not worth buying if you have a very tight budget for assembling your gaming machine. It would be foolish to spend this much money on a single unit, where you can get a lot more other things for your CPU for $1,200. But let us discuss the price in later part of the article, and let’s look at the architecture, features, and performance that graphics card is capable of offering to the users.
Nvidia Titan X Pascal Specifications
The Nvidia Titan X makes use of the Pascal-based architecture along with the GP102 Graphics processing unit to bring huge performance improvement while playing heavy games on your machine. There are a lot of CUDA cores to use for producing immense power. With 28 microprocessors streaming, each full with 128 CUDA cores, the total Core count reaches up to 3584, which is around 40% more when compared to the Nvidia GTX 1080.
Given below are the exact specifications of the Pascal Titan X GPU:
- GPU: GP102
- Transistors: 12bn
- CUDA Cores: 3584
- Lithography: 16nm FinFET
- Die Size: 471mm2
- Base Clock: 1417 MHz
- Boost Clock: 1531 MHz
- Memory: GDDR5X
- Memory Capacity: 12GB
- Memory Bus: 384-bit
Just like the previous graphics card, the Nvidia Titan x make use of the gddr5x Ram Technology to enhance the memory bandwidth over the standard gddr5 specifications. However, it fails to match the Pascal-based Nvidia P100 GPU’s specifications, which has an HBM2 stacked memory as well.
The GTX Titan X is rated at 250W, and it looks like the GPU extracts more power when compared to its previous GPU, even though it makes use of smaller transistor lithography.
Nvidia GTX Titan X Pascal Architecture
We were very excited to see the very first Pascal based GPU from Nvidia in the form of P100 GPU. And now and media has taken it’s really powerful GPU out from the pro level graphic cards and have transferred into a more consumer-friendly GP102 Silicon based GPU unit.
the new Titan X or the GP102 makes use of the same 16nm FinFET lithography10 almost the same GPU layout as well. The main difference is found in the memory subsystem which differs from the original Tesla P100 GPU. The P100 construct the video frame buffer out of the HBM2 memory along with the 4096-bit bus and data transfer rate of 540 GB per second as offered by the 12GB memory version. In addition to that, the P100 GPU was a lot bigger when compared to the new GP102 installed in the Titan X graphics card. This was because the P100 had to calculate prices figures during heavy mathematical calculations for engineering as well as scientific purposes and simulations. So, it would definitely need some more double precision processing cores to achieve what it was aimed for. However, the Titan X Pascal GPU is not targeting the same audience and totally focuses on the consumer’s gaming needs.
The GTX Titan on the other hand as the very first Pascal based professional GPU present inside it. It simply means that Nvidia has added 33% extra double precision cores along with the 2880 standard CUDA cores for excellent performance output.
With the Pascal architecture, they have parted their ways with the Titan and Quadro ranges thus offering double precision power in the P100 GPU and not offering any double precision power in GP102 at all.
This makes the new GP102 different from the Nvidia’s top pro-level GPUs as well as from the Quadro cards like Quadro P6000. However, Quadro P600 also has the same GP102 GPU installed in it but its chip has been filled with 30 streaming microprocessor thus offering higher CUDA cores to it. But the lack of 256 cores in the Titan X does not affect the gaming performance very much and you still get a better performance from GP102 silicon GPU at the same clock speed.
Nvidia GTX Titan X Pascal Performance
You do not have to be a gaming expert in order to tell that all those specifications and architectural design combine to offer a great unprecedented level of performance while playing modern as well as heavy games on your machine.
The best part about the new Nvidia Pascal Titan X card is that it offers great 4K performance, and that is also why the card is so highly priced when compared to other GPU units. It was the very first GPU unit that was able to run most of the modern games in 4K quality and that too at 60 frames per second. It was able to handle the 4K resolution for some games even at 80 frames per second as well.
However, if you are planning to install this GPU in your machine, you will have to make sure that your CPU that could work compatibility with the Titan X Pascal gaming card and allows it to stretch its legs as much as it can. If you have a very simple processor installed on your CPU, we recommend you to step them up to something with six or eight cores. But it finally comes to you, whether you would like to spend $1200 on the GPU and then again upgrade your CPU’s processor to something better. This will obviously cost you a lot. But as we have told before, this GPU is not for everyone and you should only get it if you are a gaming professional and prefer gaming experience over money.
You might get confused between the Pascal and Maxwell architecture based GPU, but the amount you pay for extra 4K gaming performance is worth the extra amount you are paying for Titan X Pascal graphics card. You can also get 4K performance from the GTX 1060 graphics card as well, but then you will be gaming at Ultra HD quality but at 30 frames per second and not at high frame rates. Ut on an overall, there is a huge difference in the 4K performance in Pascal and Maxwell architecture, where Pascal cards win by a huge margin.
The energy consumption is, however, a bit different in the Titan X Pascal graphics card. Both the Titan X graphics card, the current and the previous one are rated 250W, but, during our tests, we found that the Pascal-based GPU draws more power on an overall basis when compared with the previous ones. This is because of the difference in the transistor size. You get a 28nm transistor in the new Pascal GPU when compared to the old 16nm graphics card. This is why they are more efficient when compared to the old silicon GPUs.
The Titan X Pascal already runs on 50% more GPU frequency when compared to the standard specification. This is a huge boost when compared to the previous Titan X GPU. The new Pascal based card offers a 40% to 50% better frame rate as well and that too at 4K display settings and high detail. This should give you a good idea about the improvement that we get in the new graphics card over the previous one.
Nvidia GTX Titan X Pascal Verdict
There is no doubt in the fact that GTX Titan Pascal is one of the fastest graphics cards that we have right now. And why not? Nvidia did all the homework that they could in order to come up with the best so that no other competitor could touch that performance figure that they have set with this graphics card for some time now.
They also needed a huge difference in performance so that they could justify the huge price difference between both the GPU. The performance improvement has been achieved by them but still, the justification of such huge price is bugging a lot of gaming fans even then. Still, if you are planning to buy a Titan gaming GPU for your system, you definitely need to compare the price. The Titan X Pascal is around double the price when compared to the Nvidia GTX 1080, but at the same time, you get the 30-40 percent performance enhancement as well. Now it comes to you, whether you require the best performance GPU for high cost or you compromise with the performance that you get with GTX 1080 since Titan X is the most expensive Titan GPU that they have ever released till date.