Titan Xp - For Those That Want Nothing But The Best

If 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. NVIDIA Titan Xp - Star Wars Limited Edition Cards 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. NVIDIA Titan Xp Star Wars Jedi Order Graphics Card 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. NVIDIA Titan Xp Star Wars Jedi Order Graphics Card The aged finish on the Jedi Order Titan Xp is simply beautiful. NVIDIA and Disney did a great job with the design! NVIDIA Titan Xp Star Wars Jedi Order Graphics Card 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. NVIDIA Titan Xp Star Wars Jedi Order Graphics Card 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. NVIDIA Titan Xp Star Wars Jedi Order Graphics Card 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. NVIDIA Titan Xp Star Wars Jedi Order Graphics Card 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. NVIDIA Titan Xp Star Wars Jedi Order Graphics Card Let's take a look at the test system and then see the benchmarks!

Test System

Before 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:

Intel X99 Platform

The 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

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor Intel Core i7-6950X
Motherboard
ASUS X99-E-10G WS
Memory
64GB Corsair Vengeance LPX 3600MHz DDR4
Video Card Various
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
NVIDIA Titan Xp GPU-Z  Let's move on to the Battlefield 1 benchmark results!

Battlefield 1

Battlefield 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. BF1 Through Mud and Blood 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. Battlefield 1 Video Card Settings Battlefield 1 Advanced Video Card Settings 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 Divided

Deus 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 Train Station 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 4

Gears 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. Gears of War 4 Screenshot 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 Graphics Options Gears of War 4 Graphics Options 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 4

Fallout4 Fallout 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. fallout4 settings 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 Wildlands

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands Tom 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. Ghost Recon Wildlands Image Quality Settings Ghost Recon Wildlands Image Quality Settings 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 - DX12

3DMark 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. 3DMark Time Spy 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. 3DMark Time Spy Settings 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

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.

The Orange Room benchmark shows the impressive level of detail that can be achieved on a PC that meets the recommended hardware requirements for the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. If your PC passes this test, it's ready for the two most popular VR systems available today. The orange room rendering resolution is 2264 x 1348, which is 1132 x 1348 per eye and the target desktop frame rate is 109 FPS.
Benchmark Results: The NVIDIA Titan Xp was barely faster than the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti in the VRMark Orange room benchmark and that is likely because we are getting to the point that we are CPU limited since the frame rate is nearing 300 FPS. The goal in this benchmark is to get 109 FPS as that is the number deemed 'needed' for VR gaming. A single Titan Xp more than doubles that requirement!  The Blue Room is designed to be a more intense test with a rendering resolution of 5012 x 2880 (5K) and the goal is for a desktop PC to maintain a consistent frame rate of 109 FPS or above without dropping frames to pass this test. Benchmark Results: The VRMark Blue Room is much tougher on GPUs and none pass this test. The Titan Xp scored just below 70 FPS, so it shows that 5K VR game titles are still a generation or two away from being possible with acceptable frame rates on a game engine like the one used in this benchmark tool. 

SuperPosition Benchmark

UNIGINE introduced the Superposition Benchmark in April 2017 and it contains a benchmark based on the UNIGINE 2 Engine that is pretty tough on modern graphics cards. We ran the SuperPosition Benchmark performance test with the 1080P High preset. The NVIDIA Titan Xp scored 15,768 and that smashes the 14,583 score that we got with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition. Here are the FPS results from the benchmark for those that would like more details. The NVIDIA Titan XP never dropped below 90 FPS on this 1080p benchmark with the high image quality preset.

Temperature & Power Consumption

The gaming performance on a graphics card is the most important factor in buying a card, but you also need to be concerned about the noise, temperature and power consumption numbers. NVIDIA  Titan Xp Collector's Edition Temperatures: The NVIDIA Titan Xp graphics card has a blower style fan that always runs, so we were seeing 33C at idle and 84C at load while gaming for an extended period of time. The fan was spinning at 23% (1100RPM) at idle and got up to 53% (2600RPM) at load. Noise levels were acceptable and it shouldn't be heard too much inside a case with multiple case fans and likely a water cooler running.

Power Consumption

For testing power consumption, we took our test system and plugged it into a Kill-A-Watt power meter. For idle numbers, we allowed the system to idle on the desktop for 15 minutes and took the reading. For load numbers we ran Battlefield 1 at 1920 x 1080 and recorded the peak power number while gaming a particular level that we test on each card. Our idle numbers are high, but keep in mind that we are using a workstation motherboard that has two 10GbE ports and other high-power draw controllers on it. Power Consumption Results: The NVIDIA Titan Xp is rated at 250 Watts for graphics card power, so it shouldn't be a big shock to see it at the upper half of our chart. At idle we were getting 162 Watts at the wall on the entire system and then at load we topped out at 466 Watts.  This chart shows load at 1080P, but 4K loads on this card were actually higher and put the system up to around 482 Watts of power draw at the wall. 

Ether Mining with Claymore's Dual Ethereum GPU Miner v10.2

Tons of people are getting in on the Cyrptocurrency boom right now, so we took a quick look at Ethereum mining performance on the NVIDIA Titan Xp in the event that some one with deep pockets wants to mine on them. We used up Claymore's Dual Ethereum AMD+NVIDIA GPU Miner v10.2 and did some quick single coin testing on DAG epoch #155 (2.21GB) with GeForce 388.31 drivers. The NVIDIA Titan Xp was averaging around 37.2 MH/s straight out of the box and the system was pulling about 389 Watts. We used EVGA PrecisionX overclocking utility and overclocked the cards memory by +700 MHz and lowered the power target to 72% to improve the cards efficiency. These changes got the hashrate performance up to 41.2 MH/s and dropped the power down to 342 Watts. This is not an ideal card for mining due to its high cost and power usage, but getting over 40 MH/s from a single GPU is always fun and you never know what price Ethereum or other alt coins will be down the road. Let's wrap this review up!

Final Thoughts and Conclusions

The NVIDIA Titan Xp 12GB puts up some serious performance numbers and is the fastest graphics card that we have ever tested. If you are looking for a single graphics card that will give you flexibility to have the ultimate 4K gaming experience and then switch hats to render VR animations, neural nets, deep learning or mine cryptocurrency this is it. This card is for someone that wants the best and is willing to pay whatever the price is. Right now you can pickup either the the Jedi Order or Galactic Empire version of the Titan Xp for $1,138. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti still makes the most sense for gamers as it was usually 5-8% slower than the Titan Xp and is priced at $749.99 shipped. NVIDIA Titan Xp Star Wars Jedi Order Graphics Card That price is something more than our audience will typically spend, so we won't be saying much more than that. If you want the best and have deep pockets you now know what graphics card you need. Now you just need to ask yourself do you want to be with the Jedi or the Empire! Legit Bottom Line: The NVIDIA Titan Xp is a beast and we can't believe NVIDIA teamed up with Disney to come out with some Star Wars themed models!