Update: Nvidia Titan X Pascal 12GB Review

Rise of the Tomb Raider, The Division And The Witcher 3

Rise of the Tomb Raider

A 24% lead over GeForce GTX 1080 puts Titan X’s average in excess of 112 FPS.

If you look back at our GeForce GTX 1070 review, where we tested this game under DirectX 11, it’s clear that DX12 doesn’t have much impact. The frame time spikes most noticeable on the AMD cards likely come from scene changes in the built-in benchmark that our modified interpreter software picks up from PresentMon—they’re not indicative of problematic performance, though it’s interesting that Nvidia’s cards aren’t affected as severely.

The Titan X extends its lead over the 1080 at 3840x2160 to 27%, which doesn’t justify a 70%+ price hike unless you consider this the difference for smooth 4K gameplay. Still, it's always that last extra bit of performance that costs the most.

The Division

Titan X achieves a 24%-higher average frame rate than GTX 1080 at QHD using The Division’s most taxing graphics settings. In the process, it posts some great-looking frame time numbers. The Radeon cards are more prone to spikes—an observation that carries over to our results at 3840x2160 as well.

The jump to 4K hands Titan X a 32% lead over GTX 1080.

Minimum frame rates don’t mean much in this case, since there’s one dip that affects every board. Our averages are more indicative of where each card spends its time through the built-in benchmark.

The Witcher 3

Titan X leads GTX 1080 by 24% at 2560x1440, though even a Radeon R9 Fury averages over 50 FPS in our manual benchmark run. That’s to say all of these high-end cards deliver a satisfying experience on a QHD display.

The Witcher 3 is one of those games that looks entirely different at 4K, though. At high resolutions, details you never noticed before pop out of the screen. There, at 3840x2160, Titan X is 29% faster than GTX 1080. It averages more than 60 FPS through our run and never drops below 54 FPS.

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Chris Angelini
Chris Angelini is an Editor Emeritus at Tom's Hardware US. He edits hardware reviews and covers high-profile CPU and GPU launches.
  • adamovera
    Archived comments are found here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/id-3142290/nvidia-titan-pascal-12gb-review.html
  • chuckydb
    Well, the thermal throttling was to be expected with such a useless cooler, but that should not be an issue. If you are spending this much on a gpu, you should water-cool it!!! Problem solved
  • Jeff Fx
    I might spend $1,200 on a Titan X, because between 4K gaming and VR I'll get a lot of use out of it, but they don't seem to be available at anything close to that price at this time.

    Any word when we can get these at $1,200 or less?

    I wish I was confident that we'd get good SLI support in VR, so I could just get a pair of 1080s, but I've had so many problems in the past with SLI in 3D, that getting the fastest single-card solution available seems like the best choice to me.
  • ingtar33
    $1200 for a gpu which temp throttles under load? THG, you guys raked AMD over the coals for this type of nonsense, and that was on a $500 card at the time.
  • Sakkura
    Interesting to see how the Titan X turned into an R9 Nano in your anechoic chamber. :D

    As for the Titan X, that cooler just isn't good enough. Not sure I agree that memory modules running 90 degrees C is "well below" the manufacturer's limit of 95 degrees C. What if your ambient temperature is 5 or 10 degrees higher?
  • hannibal
    No problem, the card will throtle down even more in those cases...
  • hotroderx
    Basically the cards just one giant cash grab... I am shocked toms isn't denouncing this card! I could just see if Intel rated a CPU at 6ghz for the first 10secs it was running. Then throttled it back to something more manageable! but for those 10 secs you had the worlds fastest retail CPU.
  • tamalero
    Does this means there will be a GP101 with all core enabled later on? as in TI version?
  • hannibal
    TitanX Ti... No, 1080ti is cut down version. Most full ships will go to professinal cards and maybe we will see TitanZ later...
  • blazorthon
    An extra $200 for a gimped cooler makes for a disappointing addition to the Titan cards.