Rarely do I look at a review and wonder what to think. Nvidia again has thrown a wrench into the mix when it comes to graphic cards segments. What exactly is the Titan RTX, and what is its purpose?
If you remember my rant at the beginning of the article, you can see the history and what happened with the Titan. Nvidias hand was forced into providing end users a semi-pro card due to AMD releasing Vega FE. I believe with the launch of the Titan V and now this, that Nvidia has taken that segment to heart, and that is where the Titan is staying. Thats not to say that Nvidia doesn’t know that enthusiasts will buy this card. I’m sure they know that many will, it is the fastest GPU on the planet (well, its fighting with the Titan V really), so enthusiasts will buy it. Thats a win win situation for Nvidia. They have cornered the semi-pro segment, where time is valuable, the legacy of previous Titans, and the latest and greatest. This card will sell to many markets, but its only marketed at one. You can read Nvidias press release on the Titan RTX here.
So where does that leave us? Well, if money is no object and building the fastest desktop PC is your intention, then yes, the Titan RTX is just that. Unfortunately it carries a heavy price increase vs other Titans in the past (exception being the Titan V). If price to performance ratio is your target, just stop here, back away and never consider this GPU or anything high end Turing related for a good long while. This is the exact opposite of what you would be looking for. The 2080 Ti was already a bad buy from a price/perf perspective, tacking on $1300 more for 7% more performance isn’t a step in the right direction no matter how you spin it.
If you are a semi pro developer, into CAD, 3d modeling, rendering, etc, and you make money off it, or time is very valuable (students), then this just may be the card for you. If certified drivers are not a requirement for your workloads, you don’t need the customer support you get with a Quadro, and VRAM is a necessity, Titan RTX is as good as it gets. As I stated before, Nvidia did a very good job of cementing a new market in the graphics card segment.
At the end of it all, there are no awards to be had here. As primarily gamers, the Titan RTX really didn’t bring much to the table. We marvel at its compute performance (well Turing in general), and love the style of this GPU. That said, its targeted at a very limited market segment and it only gets partial driver support (for $2500 thats still baffling). The interest in this card outside of sheer curiosity is going to be very limited. That all said, we felt that there is no room for an award on this card, nor one warranted. Maybe one day we’ll make a ‘Semi-Pro’ category when we have the bench data to back it.
Where are we going from here? Well, we should have some interesting data to share with you in the near future. From here, the Titans are getting waterblocks installed on them, overclocks dialed in, and a slew of benchmarks are going to be ran on them. They are going to be compared side by side with the Titan V and the 2080ti (potentially Titan Xps as well). Given current rumors, January is going to be a pretty busy month as well with new hardware, so look forward to that.
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