The reason I bought the TITAN X instead of the 980Ti
Posted on Saturday, August 15 2015 @ 14:02:32 PST
EQUIPMENT I TESTED ON:
HP ENVY tower with Intel Core i7 5960x, 32GB RAM, 1500w power supply, 7200RPM HDD, Three HP LA1905wg monitors @ 1440x900p (home) and three 34” AOC IPS LED at 3440x1440p (office)
There is a debate online as to whether the Titan X and its whopping 12GB of GDDR5 makes sense at the current $1000 price point when the newer, less expensive GTX 980ti could be had for around $400 less.
As a personal practice, I prefer to purchase as much as I possibly can at the point of sale so I needn’t suffer sleepless nights thinking about possible upgrades. My computer originally came with 16GB of RAM. Not soon after I’d set it up I was on Ebay ordering up another 16 to max out the ports. The thought of a power surge or outage hurting my baby had me right back to Microcenter for an APC Battery Backup.
And this is why I’ve always hated PC GAMING. It’s an endless cycle of expensive upgrades, especially when you try to go cheap and purchase less-expensive products that need to work together harmoniously to accomplish the job of a single, newer, more expensive product.
New games such as The Witcher 3 Demand more than 6GB of RAM to run in the highest settings at 4K resolutions. With Fallout 4 on the way, I didn’t even bother considering the 980ti simply because I would need at least two of them to get the equivalent monitor performance of just one Titan X.
If you do decide to max out your credit card and go with the Titan, the first thing you’re going to want to do is purchase a sufficient power supply if you haven’t already. The Titan X demands nothing less than a 600W power supply, but when you are running multiple Hard Drives, or optical drives along with this card at the minimum requirements, you run the risk of underpowering the card and forcing it to step down (or crash) when peak-power usage occurs. EVGA offers its own line of power supplies and I ended up returning an 850W to upgrade to the 1500W - so future upgrades will come easily and I won’t find myself trying to backtrack for new parts.
Installation is simple. You just open access to your PCIe3.0 slot and pop the card in. It’s relatively simple compared to my first upgrade experience on my HP Pavilion 8570c (Pentium III, 96MB RAM, 20GB HDD) when I upgraded to a Voodoo 3 3000 (16MB RAM) and had to figure out how to disable motherboard jumpers to activate the AGP slot.
The Titan’s size in and of itself is comical. It looks like it could be a computer in and of itself. Many custom computer builders have had to come up with special cases to handle the spacing and cooling requirements of multiple Titan cards. Alienware’s new Area 51, for example is half the size of a man and has enough interior volume to fit two Xbox Ones.
I’m not going to bore you by telling you about CUDA cores and ROPS and TMUS and Texture filler rates and other sh!t that you won’t understand unless you have a PhD in computer engineering. Suffice to say that this card can easily handle any game on the entire market in its highest settings when coupled with any recent Intel Core i7 and just 8GB of RAM. Using Witcher 3 as a benchmark, you’d be advised to have nothing less than an Intel Core i7 3770 3.4 GHz and a GTX 770 or Radeon R9 290 and 8GB of DDR3 RAM. The average Core i7 desktop being sold nowadays is a 4790 and comes with between 12GB and 16GB of DDR3 RAM. There’s no game on the market that demands DDR4 yet.
The TITAN X is easily the fastest gaming video card you can currently buy and has a shitload of memory which makes it literally untouchable by anything else on the market at current. A one-card solution that can only be bested by multiple cards working together. While some consider the 12GB of GDDR5 to be “overkill”, I consider it to be “future-proofing”…at least for the next few years as 4K and 5K monitors become affordable to Main Street. When the price of the Titan decreases, I can get another or perhaps 2 more.
ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS…
The case for the ridiculously expensive Titan X becomes even more apparent when you consider all the stuff I didn’t need to buy. Two GTX 980Ti’s, by the way, isn’t cheap. That’s still around $1300 - even with my tax exemptions. No overclocking necessary. No water cooling setups. No heat monitors. No special fan setups.
Just one badass card that runs smoothly and silently under just about whatever load you can throw at it.
Even when the explosions start to rock my Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 during sessions of Crysis 3 that would have normally dropped frame rates…the Titan will maintain framerates of 60 or better. Pushing it to the limits only happens at 4K. On my three 1440x900 monitors or 1080p office monitors, the card maintains total composure at frames per second the human eye can’t even perceive – well beyond 60.
Because the Titan X and the GTX 980Ti are roughly the same card sans the extra 6GB memory buffer and 256 CUDA cores, both run about the same in terms of noise (they have virtually the same fan design) – even while playing with settings turned way up on Far Cry 4 and Witcher 3.
The one thing that truly annoyed me about the Titan X was the inclusion of only 3 display ports.
The card supports resolutions up to 3840x2160 at 30Hz over HDMI, but when you plug in the display port cables, you can push those numbers up to 3840x2160 and even 4096x2160 at 60Hz. That’s pretty damned impressive for a single video card running 3 monitors. Titan X supports up to 4 monitors which can be expanded up to 12 by purchasing two more of these $1000 beasts and connecting them together. The average gamer is only using 3 monitors, so for many of them, this wouldn’t be an issue. I have a 4th monitor sitting there lonely because I can’t bring myself to connect it via the lowly HDMI and I don’t want to purchase another $1000 video card just to plug it into a display port.
For fear of damaging the card, I would never even consider overclocking. I prefer it to simply be an unseen, unheard entity that just quietly does its job and never needs any sort of management whatsoever.
In conclusion, the Titan X is the card to buy provided you have the money.
Use your credit card if you have to. Finance it if you have to.
Can I honestly say that I see a major difference between Direct X 11 and Direct X 12 on Windows 10? NOPE!
Can I sleep well at night knowing my computer can run anything I can throw at it? YUP
Psychological obsolescence and upgrade cycles are a b!tch but it feels awesome to check CANYOURUNIT and see that you're in the 100th percentile on every game's optimal specs.
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TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CONSOLE WARS
Posted on Tuesday, December 24 2013 @ 19:43:09 PST
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE "CONSOLE WARS" - by BIGTRUCKSERIESREVIEW
'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
The sounds of gunfire - with each click of the mouse
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that XBOX 1 and PS4 soon would appear
The children should have been nestled and snug in their beds
But their negligent parents forgot to give them their meds
Mamma stripped naked, with dad's head in her lap
quietly preparing for that booty to be tapped
Arguments soon to come about which system is better
Sales figures comparisons - a fanboy's vendetta
GDDR5 vs. DDR3, what difference does it make til exclusives we see?
Kinect is better than PS4's cam
I can talk to my system, but PS4 can't
Xbox "watch Fox", "snap to apps", "record that" ,
And what have you got? But a crappy game called "Knack"?
Killzone fizzled out like a bad fart
No one cares it exists - PS4's off to a poor start.
You should trade it in for an XBOX ONE console today
Or consider your money spent has been well pissed away.
Before you succumb to the blue light of death...
...or your HDMI port breathes it's last breath.
You installed the 1.5 update, but the system demands you install it again.
all you'll get from XBOX owners is a wide slotted grin.
The poor PS4 owners go on forums to complain
Reminds me of the PS3's launch all over again.
for the first year of it's launch it was a big paperweight.
No games to speak of - exclusives arriving too late.
Anti Aliasing issues and Yellow lights of fail
Sequels of games on PS2 that had already grown stale.
Yes - XBOX had the Red ring of Death
But Microsoft recovered right away from whence it left.
You think "The Last of Us" and "Metal Gear" make you strong?
If you buy into that crap you are all oh so wrong.
But in fairness PS4 isn't as bad as Nintendo Wii...
Or should I say WiiU? Makes no difference to me.
Nintendo shouldn't be saved from going under.
Next to Virtual Boy it's yet another blunder.
This isn't a real console war by any stretch of the imagination.
Unlike when SEGA employees were sent on permanent vacation.
I need to see real conflict and heads rolling down flights
I want to see advertisements rolling on all night.
I want to see fear and panic in boardrooms
I want to see firings and bankruptcies follow too
I demand the best most competitive product
I demand gore in my shooters: more blood, more gut.
They don't have the balls to make another soldier of fortune.
Just more CoD clones: press (a) not to be tortured
This isn't a "war" - just a bunch of corporate suits
using microtransactions to suck money from you.
You don't have the stones to tell your kids "no"
They get $400 video games with no grades to show.
You bought it just to keep them out of your hair
while you suck down a mixture of polluted Chinese air.
China doesn't allow their people to buy this stuff in mass
so they don't become as dumb as an American *******.
While America slips to 20th place in science and math
they keep us lining up for video games and iPad.
All we are is a number to them
another mindless tool with a dime to spend
tracking our sex, our purchase history and age
Americans at this point should be filled with rage
But you're so unhappy YOU ENJOY this all
wasting time and money plodding up and down the mall
filling your lives with worthless plastic wrapped in plastic
but please o please don't do anything drastic
It's hard enough turining on the news each day
without hearing about the latest mass slay
All I want is for people to wake up and revolt
against the liars in congress giving their salaries a jolt
Bane stormed Blackgate - my revolution shall be from the comfort of mine own home.
I'll rely on able bodied people with nothing to lose to get the job done.
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