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NVIDIA TITAN X Pascal Graphics Card

NVIDIA TITAN X Pascal Graphics Card

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NVIDIA Titan X - A new king is born

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 has been the enthusiast GPU of choice since its introduction back in May of this year. The then-flagship addition to the 16nm Pascal line-up offers outstanding single-GPU performance, but you didn't need a crystal ball to know that NVIDIA was keeping something bigger and better under wraps.

Yep, the fabled Titan X has been unleashed and it usurps the GTX 1080 to take its rightful place at the pinnacle of NVIDIA's consumer GPU hierarchy.

Priced at a cool $1,200 and not to be confused with last year's GeForce Titan X, this 2016 implementation sees the deployment of the Pascal architecture in a roomy 471mm² die that's home to 12 billion transistors and more performance than ever before.

Borrowing its design cues from GeForce GTX 1080, the Titan X offers the same single-fan cooler, only this time it does come in black. A transparent section provides a look at the large heatsink lying within, while the GeForce GTX logo along the top is backlit in green for added effect. It's a beautiful design, and would-be buyers should note that there won't be any custom-cooled derivatives - each and every Titan X will look identical to this.

Power is sourced via an 8+6 configuration, while dual SLI fingers allow for multi-card setups, and Nvidia's standard selection of outputs remains unchanged - meaning dual-link DVI, HDMI 2.0b and a trio of DisplayPort 1.4.

A familiar-looking beast, but it's what's under the hood that counts and the new GP102 core doesn't disappoint. Tickling the fancy of enthusiasts the world over, Nvidia's latest 16nm GPU is home to a staggering 3,584 shaders, 224 texture units, 96 ROPs and 12GB of GDDR5X memory interfaced via a wide 384-bit bus.

  GeForce GTX Titan X GeForce GTX 1080 GeForce GTX 980 Ti GeForce GTX Titan X
Launch date August 2016 May 2016 June 2015 March 2015
Codename GP102 GP104 GM200 GM200
Architecture Pascal Pascal Maxwell Maxwell
Process (nm) 16 16 28 28
Transistors (bn) 12 7.2 8.0 8.0
Die Size (mm²) 471 314 601 601
Core Clock (MHz) 1,417 1,607 1,000 1,000
Boost Clock (MHz) 1,531 1,733 1,076 1,089
Shaders 3,584 2,560 2,816 3,072
GFLOPS 10,974 8,873 6,060 6144
Memory Size 12GB 8GB 6GB 12GB
Memory Bus 384-bit 256-bit 384-bit 384-bit
Memory Clock 10Gbps 10Gbps 7Gbps 7Gbps
Memory Bandwidth 480 320 336 336
Power Connector 8-pin + 6-pin 8-pin 8-pin + 6-pin 8-pin + 6-pin
TDP (watts) 250 180 250 250
Launch MSRP $1,200 $699 $649 $999

Our comparison table reveals that shader count has increased by 40 per cent over the GeForce GTX 1080, and though peak clock speeds have been dialled-down a notch, Titan X has the firepower to become the first consumer GPU capable of doling out in excess of 10TFLOPS single-precision performance.

The fact that NVIDIA has managed to shoehorn all this into a 250W power envelope is testament to the efficiency of the Pascal architecture, yet eagle-eyed readers may lament the fact that Titan X isn't a full implementation of the GP102 die. For this release, 28 out of a maximum 30 Streaming Multiprocessors (SMs) are enabled, reducing shader count by 256. Does this mean that an even faster 3,840-shader GPU is waiting in the wings? That's anybody's guess.

Blistering Performance

One could argue that Nvidia needn't explore the possibilities of full-fat GP102. Benchmarks from leading review sites show that Titan X already has the resources to blow the socks off of any other GPU. There's nothing faster, and the card's king-of-the-hill status is the only endorsement needed for the $1,200 price.

The in-game performance lead over a GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition can be as much as 30 per cent in certain titles, and Titan X can rightfully claim to be the ultimate GPU for high-quality 4K60 gaming.


NVIDIA is flexing its muscles in the enthusiast space with a performance champion going by the name of Titan X. Lavish in every regard and priced accordingly, the range-topping GPU sets a new benchmark for PC gaming in 2016. The entry-fee is steep but if you're planning a premium machine with a 10-core CPU, lots of DDR4 memory and bags of NVMe storage, NVIDIA's Titan X serves as the icing on the cake.

A range of Titan X-powered gaming PCs will, of course, be available to purchase right here at Scan Computers.