Titan Xp - For Those That Want Nothing But The BestIf you are looking for the most powerful desktop consumer graphics card for 2017 and entering the 2018 calendar year the folks over at NVIDIA have you covered with the Titan Xp. This $1,200 graphics card features the Pascal GP102 GPU with 3840 NVIDIA CUDA cores running at 1.6 GHz for a mind blowing 12 TFLOPs of brute compute performance. The Titan Xp is also loaded with 12 GB of GDDR5X memory running at 11.4 Gbps on a 384-bit memory bus that gives you 547.7 GB/s of memory bandwidth. This card came out in April 2017, but was recently 'refreshed' in November 2017 with the release of the Titan Xp Star Wars Collector's Edition models. You get to choose a Titan Xp model that is themed for either the Jedi Order or Galactic Empire! The best part is that NVIDIA slashed the price on these models and you can pickup either the the Jedi Order or Galactic Empire versions for $1,138. Not a huge price break, but they look cooler than the original $1,200 Titan Xp that just happens to be sold out right now. We weren't able to get our hands on the NVIDIA Titan Xp back in April 2017, so when we had the opportunity to get our hands on the NVIDIA TITAN Xp Collector's Edition GPU we had to give it a quick test drive on the benchmark system. We ended up with the Jedi Order model and it comes in retail packaging that will allow you to display the card if that is what you want to do. This isn't going on our bookshelf, so let's crack upen those seals and finger bang this limited edition card. The aged finish on the Jedi Order Titan Xp is simply beautiful. NVIDIA and Disney did a great job with the design! To he top of the card has a Jedi Order displayed on top that is backlit, so you can proudly show off your limited edition card through a case window. The PCB design itself remains the same as the original Titan Xp, so you have 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors on the end of the card. This is a 250W TDP card, so NVIDIA recommends a 600W power supply for proper operation. If you flip the card over you'll see that there is a Titan X logo that will also be illuminated, so one side says Jedi Order and the other says Titan X. The backplate of the card has the Star Wars logo in the middle and along the top edge it says this is a Collector's Edition model. When it comes to video outputs for display connectivity the Titan Xp has three standard sized DisplayPort 1.4 connectors along with one full sized HDM 2.0b port. This card is capable of a maximum digital display resolution of 7680 x 4320 at 60 Hz and is HDCP 2.2 ready. Let's take a look at the test system and then see the benchmarks!
Test SystemBefore we look at the numbers, let's take a brief look at the test system that was used as we switched over to a new system in April 2017 when Windows 10 Creators Update was released. All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro 64-bit version 1703 and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running. There has been some concern of people testing a cold card versus a hot card, but we've always done out testing 'hot' since the site started back more than a decade ago. Video Cards & Drivers used for testing:
- AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 17.7.2 & Vega RX Beta for Radeon Cards
- NVIDIA GeForce 388.18 WHQL for GeForce Cards & 388.31 for Titan Xp
Intel X99 PlatformThe Intel X99 platform that we used to test the all of the video cards was running the ASUS X99-E-10G WS motherboard with BIOS 0603 that came out on 03/15/2017. We went with the Intel Core i7-6950X Broadwell-E processor to power this platform and overclocked it up to 4.0GHz on all cores. The Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 memory kit we used was a 64GB kit (4x16GB) and while it is rated at 3600MHz we actually ran it at 3333MHz at 1.30V with 16-16-16-30 1T memory timings. The Samsung SSD 960 EVO 1TB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD was run with latest firmware available. A Corsair RM1000x power supply provides clean power to the system and is also silent as the fan hardly ever spins up. This is critical to our testing as it lowers the ambient noise level of the room and gives us more accurate sound measurements. Here are the exact hardware components that we are using on our test system:
|The Intel X99 Test Platform|
|Processor||Intel Core i7-6950X|
ASUS X99-E-10G WS
64GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3600MHz DDR4
|Solid-State Drive||Samsung SSD 960 EVO 1TB|
|Cooling||Corsair Hydro H115i|
|Power Supply||Corsair RM1000x|
|Case||HighSpeed PC Top Deck Tech Station|
|Operating System||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Monitor||ASUS PB287Q 28" 4K|
Battlefield 1Battlefield 1 (also known as BF1) is the fifteenth installment in the Battlefield Series developed by DICE and published by EA. The game is set during World War I. It was released world wide on October 21, 2016. The singleplayer campaign of Battlefield 1 takes place across six different "War Stories" which revolve around different people in different aspects of the Great War in campaigns such as the Italian Alps and the deserts of Arabia. We benchmark in Through Mud and Blood, which is the second mission in singleplayer campaign. Taking place late in the war, the player assumes the role of Danny Edwards, a British recruit joining the crew of a Mark V Landship named Black Bess as their new tank driver. New to the war and inexperienced in driving the unreliable vehicle, Edwards is given a trial by fire with his first mission: punch through the German line at Cambrai with a broken tank and a crew that has no trust in him. Battlefield 1 features the Frostbite 3 game engine and has very good graphics with tons of destructibles. Maps also now feature dynamic weather systems, affecting combat in various ways; for example, The St. Quentin Scar can either start as a clear, sunny day, a dark, foggy day, or in the middle of a rainstorm, and switch between them during the round. We tested BF1 at 1920 x 1080 with the 'Ultra' graphics quality preset in DX12 with the GPU Memory Restriction turned off. We also disabled VSync. Benchmark Results: The NVIDIA Titan Xp 12GB graphics card is a beast and was able to average 70 FPS on Battlefield 1 with Ultra image quality settings. The lowest frame rate dropped below 60 FPS, but the 4K gaming experience was amazing with the Titan Xp in the test system. With the Titan Xp playing at 1080P or 1440P is solid and those with a 144Hz monitor will love how many frames this card can crank out.
Deus Ex: Mankind DividedDeus Ex: Mankind Divided is an action role-playing stealth video game developed by Eidos Montreal and published by Square Enix. Set in a cyberpunk-themed dystopian world in 2029, two years after the events of Human Revolution, Mankind Divided features the return of Adam Jensen from the previous game, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, with new technology and body augmentations. The game was released on August 23rd, 2016 for PC users. Deus Ex: Mankind Divided uses a heavily modified version of the Glacier 2 engine that has been tweaked so much that they are now calling it the Dawn game engine. We took a look at GPU performance using the 'High' image quality preset with MSAA and VSync turned off. We picked to run just 'High' image quality settings due to how tough this game title is to render and we feel that most gamers will try to target this setting. Benchmark Results: This DX12 game title with the high image quality preset is pretty tough on graphics cards, but we were able to get 50 FPS on average on a 4K display. This game title never ran super smooth at 4K at this preset, but it's getting close since the Titan Xp never dipped below 40 FPS.
Gears of War 4Gears of War is a video game franchise created and originally owned by Epic Games, developed and managed by The Coalition, and owned and published by Microsoft Studios. The series focuses on the conflict between humanity, the subterranean reptilian hominids known as the Locust Horde, and their mutated counterparts, the Lambent & the Swarm. Gears of War 4 was released on October 11, 2016 for the PC and is an interesting game title in the sense that it must be run on Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. It uses the DirectX 12 API with features like async compute and tiled resources. Microsoft and the developer (The Coalition) have worked hard to make the PC port not suck and have placed over 30 graphics cards settings in the option menu with over 100-plus options that you can adjust. We are using the ultra image quality preset with VSync turned off. Gears of War 4 comes with a built-in benchmark that appears to be pretty decent and shows the average minimum framerate (bottom 5%) in the results. This is the benchmark that we ran on our graphics cards with Ultra image quality settings to see how they would perform. 1440P Benchmark Results: Gears of War 4 on the Titan Xp put us over 60 FPS on average for the very first time at 4K and the bottom 5% of the frames was just 57 FPS. If you have a widescreen or 4K gaming monitor and want to get a respectable frame rate the Titan Xp doesn't disappoint.
Fallout 4Fallout 4 is an open world action role-playing video game developed by Bethesda Game Studios and published by Bethesda Softworks. Fallout 4 is set in a post-apocalyptic Boston in the year 2287, 210 years after a devastating nuclear war, in which the player character emerges from an underground bunker known as a Vault. Gameplay is similar to Fallout 3. The title is the fifth major installment in the Fallout series and was released worldwide on November 10th, 2015. Fallout 4 was benchmarked with ultra image quality settings with TAA and 16x AF. These settings are tough for entry level discrete graphics cards, but are more than playable on high-end gaming graphics cards. V-Sync can't be disabled in the games options, so we edited the necessary INI files and disabled vsync in the driver software as well. We used FRAPS to benchmark Fallout 4 after you emerge from the vault and are in The Commonwealth. Benchmark Results: We are seeing 80 FPS averages on the NVIDIA Titan Xp at 3840 x 2160, which puts it ahead of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti by about 4 FPS on average.
Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon WildlandsTom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands is an open world tactical shooter video game developed by Ubisoft Paris. It is the tenth installment in the Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon franchise and is the first Ghost Recon game to feature an open world environment. The game moves away from the futuristic setting introduced in Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter and instead feature a setting similar to the original Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon. Ubisoft described it as one of the biggest open world games that they have ever published, with the game world including a wide variety of environments such as mountains, forests, deserts and salt flats. A modified version of the AnvilNext game engine was used. The game was released on March 7, 2017 for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands was benchmarked with high image quality settings with Temporal AA and 4x AF. V-Sync and the framerate limit were both disabled and we used the game titles built-in game benchmark. 1080P Benchmark Results: Ghost Recon Wildlands showed that the Titan Xp is the card to have as it was nearly 4FPS faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti on a 4K panel.
3DMark Time Spy - DX123DMark Time Spy just recently came out and it is the latest and greatest DirectX 12 benchmark test for gaming PCs running Windows 10. This DirectX 12 Feature Level 11_0 benchmark utilizes a pure DirectX 12 game engine that supports features like asynchronous compute, explicit multi-adapter, and multi-threading! The developers opted to use DirectX 12 Feature Level 11_0 to ensuring wide compatibility with DirectX 11 hardware through DirectX 12 drivers. With DirectX 12 on Windows 10, game developers can significantly improve the multi-thread scaling and hardware utilization of their titles to draw more objects, textures and effects for your viewing enjoyment. 3DMark Fire Strike is a great high-end DirectX 11 benchmark test, but doesn't really show off what new graphics cards can do on a DirectX 12 game title that will have much more going on while you are playing. We ran 3DMark Time Spy with the standard settings and got the following results: In this DX12 benchmark found the NVIDIA Titan Xp scored 10,263 points and is the first card that we have tested at stock speeds to break the 10,000 mark threshold. This score is about 6% faster than the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
VRMark is a relatively new benchmark aimed at those that might be thinking about buying an HTC Vive or an Oculus Rift and knowing what hardware will give them the best VR gaming experience. VRMark includes two VR benchmark tests that run on your monitor, no headset required, or on a connected HMD. At the end of each test, you'll see whether your PC is VR ready, and if not, how far it falls short.