The GTX 1080 Ti vs. The TITAN XP Overclocking Showdown

Test Configuration

 

Test Configuration – Hardware

  • Intel Core i7-6700K (reference 4.0GHz, HyperThreading and Turbo boost for all 4 cores are locked on to 4.6GHz by the motherboard’s BIOS).
  • ASRock Z7170M OC Formula motherboard (Intel Z7170 chipset, latest BIOS, PCIe 3.0/3.1 specification, CrossFire/SLI 8x+8x)
  • HyperX 16GB DDR4 (2x8GB, dual channel at 3333MHz), supplied by Kingston
  • Founders Edition GTX 1080 Ti 11GB, reference clocks, supplied by NVIDIA
  • TITAN X Pascal, 12GB, reference clocks, supplied by NVIDIA.
  • 2TB Seagate FireCuda 7200 RPM SSHD
  • EVGA 1000G 1000W power supply unit
  • EVGA CLC 280 watercooler supplied by EVGA
  • Onboard Realtek Audio
  • Genius SP-D150 speakers, supplied by Genius
  • Thermaltake Chaser MK-1 full tower case, supplied by Thermaltake
  • ASUS 12X Blu-ray writer
  • ACER Predator X34 GSYNC 3440×1440 display, supplied by NVIDIA
  • Monoprice Crystal 4K 28″ 3840×2160 display.

 

Test Configuration – Software

  • All games are patched to their latest versions at time of publication.
  • Windows 10 64-bit Home edition. Latest DirectX and fully updated.
  • Highest quality sound (stereo) used in all games.
  • VSync is off in the control panel.
  • NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 378.78 launch drivers.  High Quality, prefer maximum performance, single display. 
  • MSI Afterburner used for overclocking and for setting all NVIDIA cards’ power limit/temps to maximum
  • OCAT/PresentMon for DX12/Vulkan benching
  • Fraps for benching DX11 games

Synthetic Benchmarks

  • Firestrike – Ultra & Extreme
  • Time Spy DX12
  • VRMark

DX11 Games

  • Crysis 3
  • Metro: Last Light Redux (2014)
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • The Witcher 3
  • Fallout 4
  • Assassin’s Creed Syndicate
  • Just Cause 3
  • Rainbow Six Siege
  • DiRT Rally
  • Far Cry Primal
  • Call of Duty Infinite Warfare
  • Watch Dogs 2
  • Resident Evil 7
  • For Honor
  • Ghost Recon Wildlands

Vulkan Games

  • DOOM 

DX12 Games

  • Tom Clancy’s The Division
  • Ashes of the Singularity
  • Hitman
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • Total War: Warhammer
  • Deus Ex Mankind Divided
  • Gears of War 4
  • Battlefield 1 
  • Sniper Elite 4

Nvidia’s Control Panel settings:

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We used MSI’s Afterburner to set the Power and Temperature targets to their maximum for all benchmark runs.

Calculating Percentages

There are two methods of calculating percentages.  One is the “Percentage Difference” that we originally used to compare the GTX 1080 versus the TITAN X, and the other is “Percentage Change” which we are using now to show the improvements of the overclocked GTX 1080 Ti over the stock GTX 1080 Ti, and the improvements of the overclocked TITAN X over the stock TITAN X.

For the percentage change, we mean the change in framerates between the stock GTX 1080 and the overclocked GTX 1080 Ti, or the change in framerates between the stock and the overclocked TITAN X, divided by the absolute value of the original value in fps, multiplied by 100.

Percentage change may be expressed by the algebraic formula: ( ΔV / |V1| ) * 100 = ((V2 – V1) / |V1|) * 100

Let’s get to our overclocking methods, and finally to the 25-game overclocked results.

  • PC Master Race

    Your witcher 3 results for Titan X at 1440p seem off. The OC number is lower than stock yet you list it as an increase.

    • apoppin

      Thank-you. You are correct. The OC number was switched with the stock. I made a note of it under the chart for now, and I’ll replace the chart after rechecking it.

  • Iluv2raceit

    Interestingly enough, I am able to attain 5900Mhz on my Titan X’s GDDR5X memory and 1986Mhz on the GPU (card is custom watercooled). So close in fact that for me, buying a GTX1080Ti is pointless. Current Titan X owners can say, “meh” and pass on the GTX1080Ti. However, for those that own a GTX1080 or less and plan to game at 1440P and higher resolutions, the GTX1080Ti is a must have if you want the best bang for the buck and want to be able to use the higher in-game graphics settings 😉

  • SlyNine

    My Titan XP gets around 2000mhz 95% of the time, only some games it has to back off to around 1950. I use it for Blender and it is a beast.

  • YUGWMB

    Can you SLI the Titan XP & 1080ti?

    • apoppin

      Not with each other. The TITAN XP can be SLI’d with another XP just as the Ti needs to be paired with another Ti.

      The only way you can use the two of these cards together would be in specific DX12 games where the dev specifically codes it to use mGPU.