One Redditor (opens in new tab) has unknowingly bought an engineering pattern (ES) of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX Titan X graphics card, which was once among the best graphics playing cards. Whereas it’s widespread to seek out ES samples of Intel or AMD processors on the second-hand market, it’s not every single day that you simply see an ES pattern graphics card, a lot much less one from the Titan household.
The uncommon GeForce GTX Titan X has all of the dressing of a retail pattern apart from the show outputs. Whereas the unique has a DVI port, an HDMI 2.0 port, and three DisplayPort 1.4a outputs, the ES pattern solely retains the HDMI 2.0 and one of many DisplayPort outputs. The dearth of video outputs initially made the Redditor consider that somebody had scammed him with a faux Titan graphics card. Nonetheless, an Nvidia discussion board consultant has clarified that the graphics card is an engineering pattern, judging by the half quantity that begins with 699.
“I don’t know the place this got here from however we generally seed engineering playing cards to companions and sadly it often winds up on some market,” replied the Nvidia consultant (opens in new tab) within the Reddit thread.
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Launched in 2015, the GeForce GTX Titan X leveraged the GM200 (Maxwell) silicon, which measured 601 mm² and housed as much as eight billion transistors. On the time, TSMC produced the GM200 for Nvidia on the 28nm course of node. The Redditor’s GPU-Z screenshot (opens in new tab) did not reveal something spectacular concerning the engineering pattern. It nonetheless has 3,072 CUDA cores working at 1,000 MHz and 12GB of GDDR5 reminiscence at 7 Gbps. Being an engineering pattern, the graphics card boosted as much as 1,076 MHz, 13 MHz decrease than on the retail GeForce GTX Titan X.
The GeForce GTX Titan X is simply too lengthy within the tooth to be a gaming monster by at present’s requirements. The graphics card performs roughly in the identical ballpark because the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti. The Redditor examined (opens in new tab) it in Pink Lifeless Redemption 2 at 1080p (1920×1080) with most preset, and the graphics card solely managed to ship a mean framerate of 37.95 FPS. The GeForce GTX Titan X makes for a pleasant collector’s merchandise and belongs on a wall. The Redditor did not share the value he paid for the ES graphics card, solely that he purchased it on eBay.
Nvidia launched the GeForce GTX Titan X at $999 seven years in the past. It is humorous how instances modified when one grand may get you a flagship graphics card again then. These days, you’ll be able to’t even purchase a GeForce RTX 4080 for a similar sum of money.