Meet Nvidia’s new crazy powerful 2016 Titan X Pascal GPU, a “true” 4K graphics card

by on July 27, 2016

Stephan Jukic – July 27, 2016

We were thoroughly and deeply impressed with the recent release of Nvidia’s GT 1080 4K-capable GPU, as we clearly stated in our recent review of that stunning graphics card. We called this the closest any GPU has yet come to delivering truly 4K-capable gaming power and this simple statement was absolutely true as far as we’re concerned, that is until the Nvidia Titan X 2016 graphics card emerged as well.

Now, this latest and absolutely most powerful of all consumer market GPUs not only blows away anything from the AMD competition or among previous Nvidia graphics cards, it also blows even the GTX 1080 right out of the water in terms of performance, by a whopping 25%. In other words, the new 2016 Titan X is the mother of all consumer gaming GPUs we’ve seen so far and it’s looking stunning at least from what we’re seeing of its specs.

Basically, Nvidia has taken the old flagship Titan X card –which was so powerful and by itself very nearly the equal of the GTX 1080 despite lacking a much more advanced Pascal chip architecture– and given it a Pascal chip architecture of its own! The result is a monster of a card that delivers the best type of 4K and 1440p PC gaming performance yet possible with any graphics card. The Titan X Pascal version is definitely going to be expensive ($1200 from what we’re hearing) when it goes on sale in a few days on August 2nd but for at least some PC gamers, it’s absolutely going to be worth its price.

So what does that steep price tag for the Titan X buy you? Well, for starters, you get the excellent Pascal-architecture redesign, 11 teraflops of FP32 performance (some 24% more than the 8.9 teraflops of the GTX 1080) and a new GP102 chipset which delivers 3584 CUDA cores. Nvidia hasn’t yet revealed the number of streaming multiprocessors, texture units or a few other aspects of the Titan X but we can probably expect a solid 40 to 50% increase in these over what has been put into the 1080.


Along with these above specs, the new X Pascal version will come with a massive 12GB GDDR5X memory that runs at 10GHz with a wide 382-bit bus that combine to deliver 480GB/s of memory bandwidth, which is also a 50% increase from these specs in the GTX 1080. There will also be an 8-pin and a 6-pin PCIe connector for power and a remarkably lean total daily power consumption of just 250 watts for this monster of a GPU. This is roughly the same as the TDP of Nvidia’s older Titan X but remember, here you’re getting a fairly sizable chunk of performance superiority in exchange.

As for connectivity features, the new Titan card offers up DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b and a dual-lin DVI port setup as well.

Nvidia has also given the 2016 Titan X card a base clock of 1471 MHz with a 1531 MHz boost clock and an external design that’s very nearly identical to that of the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 cards which we’ve also recently covered in our own reviews.

We’re expecting the same difficulties with multi-card SLI setup in the Titan X but at least in the case of this powerhouse GPU, this should hardly be a problem for all but the most absolutely heavy-duty gaming rigs.

Finally Nvidia is of course also giving the 2016 Pascal-based Titan X support for the same technologies we’ve seen in the other new Pascal cards. These include simultaneous multi-projection, asynchronous compute and support for Nvidia Ansel.

Nvidia will be selling the new Titan X 2016 card directly through its own website only, at least for now. This is in marked contrast to the sales structure for most of the brand’s GPU’s which are often sold under license to other labels for superficial redesign and retail from numerous third party outlets.

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