NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Video Card Review

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Overclocking

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X is a monster at its stock speeds, but if you are comfortable using an overclocking utility like EVGA Precision X you can take this already powerful card and get even more performance from the GM200 ‘Maxwell’ GPU. This is due to the fact that NVIDIA left plenty of overhead with particular GPU for enthusaists and gamers to tap into if they wanted to push the envelope a little bit. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X is power limited in most game titles, so it will benefit from additional power. NVIDIA said that every GeForce GTX Titan X has the ability to run with the power target increased by up to 110% for better performance.

EVGA Precision X

We installed a latest version of the EVGA PrecisionX 16 overclocking utility to overclock the NVIDIA GeForce GTX TitanX video card! You can use whatever software utility you like for overclocking, but this our personal favorite and the one we’ve used the most.

GeForce GTX Titan X GPU-Z

In case you forgot, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X card is clocked at 1002 MHz base with a boost clock of 1076MHz and the 12GB of GDDR5 memory is clocked at 1753MHz (7012 MHz effective). Let’s see how much higher we can get a fully enabled GM200 Maxwell GPU with 3072 CUDA cores!


The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 is pretty open when it comes to overclocking. You can increase the power target to 110% and if you leave the GPU Temp Target locked it will automatically increase to 91C. We pushed the GPU Clock offset to +250MHz and the Mem Clock Offset to +500MHz on our card and found it was pretty stable in most game titles.

GeForce GTX Titan X GPU-Z OC

We ended up with a GPU clock offset to +250MHz and the mem clock offset to +500MHz before we started to get encounter some stability issues due to the memory clock frequency. This overclock meant that we were running at 1414MHz at times thanks to NVIDIA Boost 2.0 on the core and 2000MHz (8000MHz effective) on the 12GB of GDDR5 memory.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Stock:


NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Overclocked (+250/+500):

GeForce GTX Titan X 3DMark Max OC

By overclocking the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X 12GB reference card we were able to take the score of 7549 and raise it up to 8773. This is a 1224 point increase in our overall 3DMark score, which represents a performance gain of 16.2 percent. The overal FPS average in Graphics Test 1 went from 42.30 to 49.85, which is a 17.8% performance gain in the graphics test.


The only problem is that our particular GeForce GTX Titan X didn’t like running at 1252MHz base/1326MHz boost and the system would lock up randomly on some game titles. We backed the GPU core offset down from +250MHz to +200MHz and found the Titan X was rock solid and would for hours and hours without any crashes or lockups. At +200MHz on the core offset it means our Titan X was running at 1364MHz in the game titles.

We benchmarked the GeForce GTX Titan X overclocked to +200MHz core and +500MHz memory for this review so you can see how the card performs both in stock trim and then when pushed with what we’d consider a happy 24/7 overclock that you’d actually set and leave on your card.

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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!