NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Performance Benchmarks Unveiled – Massive Performance Uplift Versus GTX 980, 2/3/4-Way SLI Results

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted 2 years ago

NVIDIA is going to launch their flagship GeForce GTX Titan X graphics card on 17th March at their GTC 2015 event however some juicy performance results have been detailed thanks to Videocardz. The GeForce GTX Titan X is the next enthusiast high-end offering from NVIDIA that is meant to replace the GK110 based Titan cards that arrived back in February 2013, featuring better performance and higher efficiency than every GPU generation that came before it.

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The GeForce GTX Titan X is releasing prior to AMD’s announcement of their Radeon 300 series cards which means NVIDIA is pretty confident that they will be able to tackle the upcoming flagship cards from AMD that are meant to feature HBM and a fully revised GCN core architecture. While most of the details on the red team cards remain unknown since AMD wasn’t in the mood to show off their cards at GDC, NVIDIA didn’t only show the card themselves but allowed tech sites who have received the cards for review to post pictures of the GM-200 based flagship product. Since the images have revealed almost every aspect of the card (aside from front PCB shots), we have confirmed most of the basic specifications of the card.

Before getting into the performance benchmarks, let’s take a recap of what we know so far about the GeForce GTX Titan graphics card. Since the day the card leaked, we knew that the card would feature the GM200 core architecture which is the biggest chip NVIDIA might ever have created which an estimated die size rumored to be around 600mm2. The alleged specifications include a die based on a 28nm process, featuring the Maxwell core architecture that incorporates 3072 CUDA cores, 192 Texture Mapping Units and 96 Raster Operation unit that are clocked at 1002 MHz core frequency, the boost clock remains to be confirmed. The card features an absolutely staggering amount of memory at 12 GB GDDR5 VRAM (an industry first for a single chip card). The memory is expected to be clocked at 7008 MHz or 7 GHz effective clock which gives the card a maximum band width of 336.0 GB/s along a 384-bit wide memory interface. The card draws power from a 8+6 pin connector configuration and has a TDP around 225-250W though could be optimized since Maxwell is all about power efficiency.

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Titan X Performance Numbers and Thoughts:

Coming to the performance numbers, the performance of the card was obtained through several 3DMark validations which were listed in Futuremark’s database during this week. The performance can be seen in both single GPU and multi-GPU configurations. In 3DMark Firestrike Ultra, a gain of around 30-35% is reported against the GeForce GTX 980 by Videocardz. Similar gains can be seen in 3DMark Firestrike Extreme and 3DMark 11 Extreme which are meant to crunch through VRAM by utilizing 4K resolution to judge the graphical power of the running cards. The gains against the Sapphire Radeon R9 290X 8 GB stand at 50% (+/- 5%) which itself is a pretty fast graphics card with loads of memory though a 40% gain means that AMD will have to release a very powerful card themselves in order to compete against future GM200 counterparts. Similarly, in 3DMark 11 Extreme, the GeForce GTX Titan X scores 7994 points which can be compared to an overclocked  Radeon R9 290X and GTX 980, both of which score around 5000 points.

The most surprising bit is that the GeForce GTX Titan X is just 5-10% slower on average than the Titan Z in 3Dmark Firestrike Extreme and Performance benchmarks which shows the tremendous capabilities of the upcoming GM200 core. Videocardz has compiled the scores quite good which can be seen below in the images:


NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Benchmarks Gallery (Courtesy of Videocardz):

The benchmarks above give us a good insight at the performance of the upcoming GeForce GTX Titan X graphics card. Future buyers can judge the card of its performance by comparing it with previous and current generation cards based on its price which is expected around $999 – $1399 US. The card will feature a fully black aluminum alloy shroud with the default Maxwell I/O configuration of DVI, HDMI and three Display ports. Expect more information and gaming benchmarks in the days to come.

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Update: A few more results have been posted by Chiphell Forums that are sourced back to Baidu. The three pictures posted on the forum show a synthetic benchmark of the Titan X running in 3DMark Firestrike which scores around the same marks in extreme mode which we saw in the above benchmarks around 7800 that is close to the GeForce GTX Titan Z which has a score of 8560 3DMarks.

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The second chart is more interesting since it shows the performance averages across 22 AAA titles at 2K res. The GeForce GTX Titan X ends up being faster than all single chip cards including the dual chip Titan Z which puts it neck to neck with a Radeon R9 295X2 graphics card. The Titan X would be able to carry an additional advantage on higher resolutions with its 12 GB VRAM, all of which can be used per task unlike the dual-chip based cards that only carry either 4 GB or 6 GB VRAM.

Last up is the power consumption chart which we have been waiting to see that shows just how power efficient the Maxwell GM200 core is against its Kepler counterparts. It turns out that the GeForce GTX Titan X draws the same power as a reference GeForce GTX Titan and just a few watts lower than a GTX 780 Ti at 258W load while playing Battlefield 4. Do note that the performance figures aren’t finalized since the drivers for the card are not yet official so the benchmarks here are very close estimates of what’s to come over the next few days when the card is launched.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X “Initial” Specifications:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Black NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
GPU Architecture Maxwell Kepler Maxwell Maxwell Maxwell
GPU Name GM200 GK110 GM204 GM204 GM206
Die Size 601mm2 561mm2 398mm2 398mm2 228mm2
Process 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm 28nm
CUDA Cores 3072 2880 2048 1664 1024
Texture Units 192 240 128 104 64
Raster Devices 96 48 64 64 32
Clock Speed 1000 MHz 889 MHz 1126 MHz 1051 MHz 1127 MHz
Boost Clock 1089 MHz 980 MHz 1216 MHz 1178 MHz 1178 MHz
Memory Bus 384-bit 384-bit 256-bit 256-bit 128-bit
Memory Clock 7.0 GHz 7.0 GHz 7.0 GHz 7.0 GHz 7.0 GHz
Memory Bandwidth 336.0 GB/s 336.0 GB/s 224.0 GB/s 224.0 GB/s 112.0 GB/s
TDP 225-250W 250W 165W 145W 120W
Power Connectors 8+6 Pin 8+6 Pin Two 6-Pin Two 6-Pin One 6-Pin
Price $999 US $999 US $549 US $329 US $199 US

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X Gallery: (Courtesy of TweakTown, TechGage, NVIDIA):


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