The NVIDIA TITAN X (without the GeForce branding) is the fastest graphics card available and is based on the Pascal architecture. The card offers 12 gigabytes of memory and provides a three DisplayPort inputs, a DVI-port and an HDMI connector.
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Pro Large memory size allows for plenty of headroom
The TITAN X is equipped with 12 gigabytes of video memory, while most other high-end cards only have about 8 gigabytes. While those extra gigabytes of memory may prove quite useless for the moment, the extra memory does allow for plenty of headroom for more memory-intensive games in the future, especially at higher resolutions.
Pro Incredible performance, ideal for 4K
The NVIDIA TITAN X is the company's most powerful graphics card available based on the Maxwell architecture which makes it ideal for the most intensive gaming situations. In 1080p and 1440p gaming situations, the TITAN X will effortlessly achieve very high framerates of 100+ fps while using the highest possible graphical settings. The power of the TITAN X truly shines when gaming in 4K. For example, in the resource-intensive Rise of The Tomb Raider, the TITAN X achieves an average framerate of 61 fps with the highest possible settings and 4K resolution. The same can be said for games such as Doom (81 fps), Grand Theft Auto V (75 fps) and 64 frames per second in The Witcher 3. Considering the very high 4K-resolution and the use of the absolute maximum graphical settings with anti-aliasing and high-quality anisotropic filtering, this is a very impressive feat.
Pro Offers exclusive features such as Ansel and Simultaneous multi-projection
The updated TITAN X and other Pascal-based GPU's from NVIDIA offer a couple of exclusive features that aren't available on previous-generation graphics cards or current GPU's made by AMD.
Taking advantage of the new GPU architecture, NVIDIA has introduced a feature called simultaneous multi-projection. It allows developers of games and applications to improve performance when rendering multiple viewports of the same image. This is particularly useful when using a multi-monitor setup or in virtual reality where two images are required, one for each eye. Simultaneous multi-projection allows up to 16 different viewpoints and only requires calculating the geometry of a scene once. In compatible games, users of multi-screen setups can calibrate this experience so that distortion no longer occurs. Virtual reality games can use SMP to improve performance, although developers will specifically need to implement this feature in their games.
Ansel is another feature that is exclusive to NVIDIA's Pascal-based graphics cards. Ansel can be described as a very extensive 'photomode', where you can capture massive in-game screenshots of several gigapixels or capture images in 360 degrees. The player is also able to use filters, adjust camera positions, take HDR-images and share them via the built-in software.
Pro Decent overclocking potential
The TITAN X doesn't have issues with hefty overclock boosts of over 10%, both for the overall GPU clock speed and the memory. The increase in the power limit of the TITAN X also allows for more consistent results.
Con High temperatures, throttling may occur
During full load, temperatures of the high-end TITAN X chip will reach roughly 80 degrees Celsius. Those temperatures are acceptable for a high-end card, but the TITAN X will not allow itself to go above this temperature in order to prevent damage to the chips. When the maximum target of 80° C is reached, the card will start to slow itself down and reduce the clock speeds (also known as throttling), which also results in a slightly lower and less consistent performance.
Con Doesn't offer decent value
With a recommended retail price of $1,200, the TITAN X is one of the most expensive GPU's available. In fact, the price tag is almost two times as much as that of NVIDIA's second-fastest graphics card, the GeForce GTX 1080. The latter retails for a little bit over $600. While the TITAN X may perform about 30% better than a 1080, a card with nearly double the price tag may be hard to justify.