NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Video Card Review

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Graphics Card

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X was designed to be the fastest graphics card in the world to power the highest resolution displays on the market today. Our benchmarks showed that the Titan X is indeed the fastest GPU on the market with regards to single-GPU cards. NVIDIA designed the GeForce GTX Titan X with the future in mind and soldered down 12GB of GDR5 memory to ensure that you’ll never be frame buffer limited when gaming on this card. You’ll run out of shading horsepower well before you full up all 12GB of that memory! NVIDIA is a little sensitive about frame buffer right now, but this card has a true 12GB of memory!

The AMD Radeon R9 295X2 is water cooled dual-GPU power chugging beast, but it fails to impress after running the more efficient and quieter GeForce GTX Titan X. The GeForce GTX Titan X also proved to be a great overclocker and we were able to raise the clock speeds on the CUDA cores by 200MHz with full stability with a nice boost in overall gaming performance.

The GeForce GTX Titan X is being built and sold directly to AIB partners and there are no plans for the partners to build their own cards at this time. This is a hard launch with retail availability now and the price for the Titan X graphics card is $999. The lowest price we could find for any brand GeForce GTX 980 is $558.24 shipped. The main competition for the Titan X would be without a doubt the AMD Radeon R9 295X2 and we just found one on Newegg today for $659.99 plus shipping after a rebate. The AMD Radeon R9 290X is down to $339.99 shipped after rebate, so the price on the dual-GPU Hawaii beast from AMD is about right.

The AMD Radeon R9 290X 4GB video card was released in 2013 and it was a very powerful card when it was released. AMD had great success with the card in art due to the cryptocurrency craze, but that ended up hurting gamers as the cards were out of stock and those that were impatient and didn’t want to wait went over to NVIDIA. Now that the run on GPUs for mining is long gone and the Radeon R9 290X has lost its big time appeal to gamers, team red isn’t looking that hot. The good news for AMD fans is that the AMD Radeon R9 390X 4GB or 8GB video card is right around the corner (launching around Computex in June 2015). There has been a number of leaks about the card just ahead of the Titan X launch, which could be some AMD folks or fans just trying to mess with Titan X launch.

The AMD Radeon R9 390X graphics card looks promising and we know for a fact that it will be using High Bandwidth Memory (HBM) technology, but we’ll reserve our thoughts for when it actually makes it to market. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X is real, in our hands and you can go by one today.

LR Recommended Award

Legit Bottom Line: The NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X video card is now the world’s fastest GPU!

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  • TJ Mulderink

    For some people, and I know this is an old post, are complaining about high idle temps…. the Titan X’s GPU clock will not get reset/turned off/lowered/whatever you call it if you are running windows 10 at 144hz. I dropped mine to 120hz and the GPU clock went down immediately and my idle temp dropped 12-15 degrees. Just a heads up!

  • light487

    Great review.. interesting to see it is not (YET!) blowing everything out of the water. Developers need time to make use of it though, like anything… still interesting.

    One not so interesting thing was all the pop-up advertising.. quite annoying. Won’t be bothering with this site for reviews anymore.

    • Nathan Kirsch

      What pop-up ads? We have never used pop-up or pop-under advertisements since the site opened in 2002.

      • reader139

        He’s talking about the green text fly outs. I also had an issue when reading this site on an android smartphone. Every time I scrolled past the green keyword text it would pop up an advertising window. Never had this issue on other sites, don’t know what makes this implementation different.

  • PC Master Race

    Why didn’t you guys up the voltage when overclocking?

    • Nathan Kirsch

      mainly just due to time constraints and we wanted to see how far the card could be pushed without adding extra voltage into the mix. Adding voltage decreases the lifespan of the GPU as well, so not everyone wants to do that if they plan on holding onto the card for a number of years. It’s always a matter of when and not if!