Titan X Pascal Performance Tease - Titan XP or GTX 1070 SLI? That is the question.

7/28/2016

Author: Dominick V. Strippoli

"Is the Nvidia GTX 1070 SLI currently a viable option instead of going with the infamous Nvidia Titan X-P or a single 1080?"

My answer to that burning question is that I do believe the GTX 1070 SLI is currently a great option. It might not be the option for everyone, but I think it is one of the best options currently available to the mass consumer as far as 4K and multi screen high res/high refresh rate gaming and beyond is concerned even with the imminent release of titan XP. The hefty $1200 price point looks might high when we, as blue collar peasants might be able to build an $800 SLI set up instead, that will really help with high res gaming, even more so than the new Titan.. Now I will do my best to explain my viewpoint and allow you to decide.


The article does not represent the average consumer, and definitely not the consumer that games at a maximum resolution of 1080P 60 FPS/60 Hz high settings. In that case, if you're in the market for a new PC, A single GTX 1060 or 1070 would be a great addition to your rig if financially feasible.

Here are My thoughts and my re-examination of doing SLI Even though I said to myself I would never put another crossfire or SLI set up in my system ever again. I just couldn't stand the power draw, the crazy heat inside of my case, and the incompatibility with certain apps and games. . Please don't consider this a professional HQ review, I haven't completed any articles in almost 7 years now on my domain NLH. To my old followers, I truly apologize for never getting the site off the ground after the "Battleship Mtron" SSD article.

I need to put a big disclaimer here, this article is just a personal hypothetical blast and market assessment, based on my own personal notes, and you must understand that these are COMPLETE hypothetical results coming from the 2016 Nvidia Pascal Titan X card. This is not a leak, there are NO results available on the Internet of performance benchmarks until Titan X-P will be released around the August 3rd time frame. The results produced in this article, are like betting on the Super Bowl spread. Even though I feel my team is going to win, and my results are going to be almost perfect, in the end, you never really know what surprises are going to be unveiled before launch day. However, I am pretty confident in my Titan XP estimates for this assessment.

Back to the article. After the purchase of my GTX 1070 founders edition, i'm reconsidering SLI once again. I have done countless research on SLI 1070 reviews so far, Both using the high bandwidth bridge, traditional bridges, and using dual traditional bridges to mimic high bandwidth mode. And I only come to this conclusion after guesstimating the performance figures of the new titan X pascal release and pondering and re-pondering my choice of a single GPU 1080 upgrade instead. All of the review sites, including my own mathematical computation and hypothetical performance figures (compute power, cuda cores, memory bandwidth , all numbers compared parallel to previous GPU's) for the new Nvidia Titan X pascal is leading me to believe we will be seeing around a 24% performance gain over GTX 1080 founders edition approximately. Even though this is a complete hypothetical I think I need to produce some charts for you to understand where I'm coming from. Before we get into the data, why would I even need to upgrade from where I'm at? Doesn't the 1070 already produce an ungodly amount of power?

Some of the games that I play, and develop / mod heavily for the community are Arma 3, GTA 5, Fallout 4, I went in to my new card purchase thinking I would be able to completely max them out ULTRA settings, ultra shadows, max draw distance and crem de la crem full heavy dUty multi sample anti aliasing at 8X. The moment that I turned on the PC and tried this, much to my amusement and dismay I averaged about 14 to 35 FPS on my new 1070 founders edition card at 4K res UHD 3840 X 2160, 60 hz, ultra settings, max everything, coupled with a Sony x900c 55" 4k- HDR capable monitor.

Don't get me wrong, The graphics were the most incredible thing I have ever seen on a PC in my young adult life. But in my opinion, 20 to 30 FPS is unplayable due to big screen lcd tearing, mouse and input lag, stuttering, and a myriad of graphical performance glitches that really de-enhance the gameplay for me. So although the quality looks absolutely incredible, I would much rather turn down the resolution to 2560x1440p and keep all of settings ultra. Once I turn down the res, I average about 50 to 60 FPS on my games. So this leads me to believe that GTX 1070 is more a 1440p graphics card. I went into this Gtx 1070 thinking that I would be 4K max res/max detail gaming on my brand-new shiny big screen LCD. Don't get me wrong, I was happy with the purchase, but there was still something inside of me telling me to whip out my wallet and waste some more cash on a second GTX1070 in SLI. Reason being, I really want to enjoy the full capability of my 55 inch 4K monitor and I want to game in 4K resolution at 60 FPS, ultra settings. At the moment, as you will see in the charts. I believe that SLI 1070's are looking like a very appealing combo for 4K gaming, in a price to performance aspect, when you put them up against a single Titan X Pascal ($1200) or a GTX 1080 FE ($800). For just about the same price as a 1080, you are going to get better performance, albeit you will have some inherent compatibility issues with certain games, especially at lower resolutions. After doing tons of research on tons of benchmarks from all of the major review sites, compatibility and scaling is usually very good with the exception of two or three games out of 30. For myself personally, I investigated this thoroughly, and all of my favorite titles that I'm currently playing have very good 1070 SLI scaling up to 80% scaling.


Well, what do you think fellas and ladies? Read some of the benchmark comparisons below and let me know if you will be SLI'ing 2x 1070's in the near future for 4k!

GTA5 Benchmark Results and System Configuration Courtesy and Copyright of the guys at: Guru3d.com (Author Hilbert Hagedoorn)If you would like to read the full review of the 1070 and 1080 Founders Edition Cards both in SLI and single card configurations check out Guru3d.com. System setup is as follows: X99A Godlike Motherboard with an Intel Core i7 5960X (Haswell-E) @ 4.4 GHz. 16 GB (4x 4096 MB) 2,133 MHz DDR4 and Windows 10-64bit.

Testing done for Warhammer was also courtesy and Copyright of the guys at: Guru3d.com (Author Hilbert Hagedoorn) If you would like to read the full review of the 1070 and 1080 Founders Edition Cards both in SLI and single card configurations check out Guru3d.com. System setup is as follows: X99A Godlike Motherboard with an Intel Core i7 5960X (Haswell-E) @ 4.4 GHz. 16 GB (4x 4096 MB) 2,133 MHz DDR4 and Windows 10-64bit.

Testing Results Copyright and Courtesy of Hilbert Hagedoorn of Guru3d.com.

Testing Results Copyright and Courtesy of Hilbert Hagedoorn of Guru3d.com.

Testing Results for Arma3 courtesy and Copyright of the Hardware Unboxed Youtube Review Channel.

Farcry Primal Testing Results Copyright and Courtesy of Hilbert Hagedoorn of Guru3d.com.

Cheers. Thanks so much for reading! Let me know in the comments on Overclockers.com Forums or Please email me!

-Dominick

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