NVIDIA Titan RTX 3DMark Performance Unveiled – Scores Over 40,000 Graphics Points in Firestrike When Overclocked Under Watercooling

Dec 19, 2018
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NVIDIA's flagship Titan graphics card, the Titan RTX, went on sale yesterday and that allowed many PC enthusiasts and content creators to get their hands on the beefiest prosumer aimed Turing 12 nm graphics card. Since its announcement, there has been no official performance data available but with consumers getting their hands on their new, ultra-expensive purchase, we get to see the first performance results in the 3DMark benchmark.

NVIDIA Titan RTX Benchmarked in 3DMark Firestrike, Scores Well Over 40,000 Graphics Points WIth Watercooling and Overclock on Both GPU and Memory

NVIDIA Titan RTX graphics card is the flagship solution for prosumers who want workstation grade performance and also want to enjoy AAA gaming titles. The Titan series has become the go-to option for users who want the best of both worlds but you have to pay a large premium to get your hands on the best that NVIDIA has to offer. So before getting into numbers, let's talk about the specs of the new Titan.

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NVIDIA Titan RTX Specifications / Pricing / Compute Performance Recap

The TITAN RTX uses the full TU102 GPU configuration with 6 GPCs, 36 TPCs, 72 SMs and 4608 CUDA Cores arranged within those SMs. There’s also 576 Tensor Cores and 72 RT cores that handle the bulk of AI/DNN and Raytracing workloads. The clock speeds will be maintained at 1350 MHz for the base and 1770 MHz for the boost frequency. The card features 24 GB of GDDR6 VRAM along a 384-bit bus interface that is clocked at 7.00 Gbps (14.00 Gbps effective) clock.

The card pumps out 672 GB/s of bandwidth and additionally comes with 6 MB of L2 cache. Power is provided through dual 8-pin connectors with a rated board TDP of 280W. The card also packs in the latest display connectivity with 3 DP, 1 HDMI, and a single USB Type-C port.

If we talk about performance, the card rocks 16.2 TFLOPs of FP32 compute which is higher than the Titan V’s 15.0 TFLOPs compute. It also comes with 11 Gigarays per second of ray tracing prowess, again, which is slightly higher than the 10 GRays/s of the Quadro RTX 8000 solution. NVIDIA states that the card would provide a 100 GB/s, full range NVLINK solution when two cards are paired for together in a multi-GPU environment. All of this can be yours for a premium price tag of $2499 US which although lower than the $3000 US of the previous Titan V graphics card, is still twice as much as the RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition.

NVIDIA Titan Series

Graphics Card NameNVIDIA GeForce GTX TitanNVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan BlackNVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan XNVIDIA Titan XNVIDIA Titan XpNVIDIA Titan VNVIDIA RTX Titan
GPU FamilyKeplerKeplerMaxwellPascalPascalVoltaTuring
GPU CoreGK110GK110GM200GP102GP102GV100TU102
Process28nm28nm28nm16nm16nm12nm12nm
GPU Cores2688288030723584384051204608
Base Clock836 MHz889 MHz1000 MHz1417 MHz1405 MHz1200 MHz1350 MHz
Boost Clock876 MHz980 MHz1089 MHz1531 MHz1582 MHz1455 MHz1770 MHz
FP32 Compute4.7 TFLOPs5,6 TFLOPs6.7 TFLOPs11.0 TFLOPs12.1 TFLOPs15.0 TFLOPs16.2 TFLOPs
VRAM6 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR512 GB GDDR512 GB GDDR5X12 GB GDDR5X12 GB HBM224 GB GDDR6
Memory Bus384-bit384-bit384-bit384-bit384-bit3072-bit384-bit
Memory Bandwidth288.4 GB/s336.0 GB/s336.6 GB/s480.4 GB/s547.6 GB/s652.8 GB/s672 GB/s
TDP250W250W250W250W250W250W280W
Price$999 US$999 US$999 US$1200 US$1200 US$3000 US$2499 US
Launch Year2013201420152016201720172018

NVIDIA Titan RTX Benchmark Performance

Moving on to the performance numbers posted by Twitter user "Death" (Via Videocardz), we can see that the Titan RTX graphics card was fitted with a water block from BYSKI that also packs a nice little LCD to display stats such as clocks, voltages, and temps. The graphics card was overclocked to 2070 MHz on the core and 2025 MHz on the memory. This pushed the bandwidth to 778 GB/s over the reference 672 GB/s which is a nice uplift.

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NVIDIA Titan RTX 3DMark Firestrike User Submitted Performance Numbers - Credits: Twitter user “Death” (Via Videocardz)

Running 3DMark Firestrike, the Titan RTX reported an overall score of 31,862 and a graphics score of 41,109 points. This is impressive considering that a single chip based graphics card can now score well over 40,000 points. When comparing it to my GeForce RTX 2080 Ti overclocked score, I see that the difference between the two cards isn't that big with the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti scoring 39,958 points on an air cooler with an overclock of 2175 MHz on the core and 2025 MHz on the memory.

Now there are things to note that the Titan RTX core wasn't pushed as much as the RTX 2080 Ti overclock which I used but the Titan RTX does come with more CUDA cores than the RTX 2080 Ti. Also, I can probably squeeze slightly more juice out of the RTX 2080 TI to hit past 40,000 points (graphics).

Overall, its a nice demonstration for the Titan RTX and hopefully, we get to see more performance numbers in the coming days. For those who want the best gaming performance, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti is the king of the hill given its half the cost of a Titan RTX.

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