Nvidia GTX Titan X 4K Gsync Review
When the original GTX Titan appeared it redefined what was possible from a graphics card. It was a shift in the goalposts the like of which we'd never seen before. The Titan though was consigned to a footnote thanks to the rapid appearance of the GTX780, which was quickly followed by the GTX780Ti, which still is an amazing card even now.
The Titan X has been released more carefully than the Titan was. Rather than being the scouting party, leading the advance, it's come after the GTX980s. It might not make good business sense for nVidia, but as a site that prides itself on looking at things with the eye of the common user it's nice that the more affordable option is around to begin with so you can choose whether to spend the money on a Titan X, rather than spending the money on the best GPU available only to discover you could have spent half as much for almost the same performance level a month later.
Like any enthusiast level product the GTX Titan X is definitely for the well-heeled. Not just because of the eye-watering price tag, but because you need to be running the highest resolutions to get the largest benefit. The performance is outstanding. Don't be under any illusions. It doesn't matter what you bring to the party, short of a multi-GPU arrangement such as the R9 295X2, the GTX Titan X will have it for breakfast. It's the most powerful Single-GPU we've ever tested, and by some distance too. Often getting close to a GTX980 SLI setup, which is nothing to be sniffed at. It's beefier than Mr Universe drinking Bovril.
We still don't know why it doesn't come with a backplate, and the temperatures are sufficient that we think you'd be better off waiting for a partner card with a better cooler to appear. Given the performance increases we've seen from the overclock we were able to obtain on the reference cooler we know that something like the Twin Frozr or DirectCU II will only unleash yet more speed.
Cards like this are the reason the OC3D Performance award was introduced. Products that are as fast as they are expensive. In the real-world where our budgets are limited you can get close enough with a GTX980 that the Titan X is too pricey to justify. If you want performance regardless of power concerns, noise or heat then the insane price-cuts that the 295X2 has undergone make that a good option. But when it comes to bringing an anvil of power to the table, and doing so with low power consumption there is little to match the GTX Titan X, thus it wins our OC3D Performance Award. You can see the full range of Titan X options at OCUK.
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