Over the past year NVIDIA released several amazing graphics cards built on its revolutionary Pascal architecture.

By Otto Mergen

Although, Titan X, which was released exactly a year ago, is quite powerful, NVIDIA’s new cards, GTX 1080 Ti and more recent Titan Xp are way surpassing Titan X’s performance.
Titan Xp has 1MB extra VRAM than 1080Ti. Considering that Titan Xp is built for creative professional that difference could be decisive for those who use it for creative applications like artificial intelligence or VR. Titan Xp has more CUDA cores than 1080 Ti, 3840 vs 3584. Titan Xp has also more TFLOPS, 12 comparing to 11.4 of 1080 Ti. Both cards are VR and SLI (scalable link interface) ready, but many gamers would probably not need anywhere near that much power. In terms of physical dimensions both cards are identical.
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Yesterday, NVIDIA also released a driver update for Titan Xp and Titan X graphics cards that delivers 3x better performance in applications. This driver can be downloaded from NVIDIA’s website.

Overall, Titan Xp has better specifications and performance than GTX 1080 Ti, but is also quite expensive. It costs $500 more.  Many gamers would probably not realize performance difference between two cards and both cards could handle any game available on the market well. However, for some creative professionals the price difference might be justifiable considering difference in performance.


  Titan X Titan Xp GTX 1080 Ti
GPU GP 102-400 GP 102-450 GP 102-350-K1
Architecture Pascal Pascal Pascal
NVIDIA CUDA Cores 3584 3840 3584
Base Clock (MHz) 1417 1481 1481
Boost Clock (MHz) 1531 1582 1582
Calculating Power 11 TFLOPs 12 TFLOPs 11.4 TFLOPs
Transistors (billions) 12 12 12
Memory Type 12 GB GDDR5X 12 GB GDDR5X 11 GB GDDR5X
Memory Speed 10 Gbps 11.4 Gbps 11 Gbps
Memory Interface 384-bit 384-bit 352-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 480 547.7 484
Price ~$800 $1200 $699

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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