Q1: What is GTX Titan X and will it improve my 4K gear?
A: GTX Titan X is a GPU graphics card (GPU stands for graphics processing unit), which is the circuit that is designed to rapidly alter memory and manipulate it in order to accelerate the creation of images into a frame buffer (which quickens the frames-per-second rating), that is intended for output to a display (such as a PC monitor for gaming).
The GTX Titan X is nearly the best GPU on the market right now besides the beastly GTX Titan Z. This title was held by the GTX 980, which is still a completely incredible GPU in itself, and is commonly found in the highest-quality gaming laptops and desktops in 2015.
The GTX Titan X GPU actually has a place in improving your 4K television as well as gaming PCs. Gamers commonly daisy-chain a 4K television to their PC monitor for multi-display gaming. While their PC monitors may be equipped with G-Sync, sometimes they want a huge screen of 55” or more, and turn to their 4K TV as an additional gaming display.
The HDMI 2.0 or higher ports are of great value as it means that the GTX Titan X can drive a 4K television during gameplay. Both the GPU and the TV need to have enough input and output power to achieve this. With a new gaming PC with this superior GPU graphics card and a 4K TV with Ultra HD resolution, the Titan X can be used as a display monitor in some monster gaming sessions. The GTX Titan X overcomes the problem of 4K—it is absolutely able (with its single-GPU) to drive a 3840 x 2160 4K Ultra HD resolution. This is quite the accomplishment.
The Titan X is an absolute powerhouse and will without a shadow of a doubt, improve your gear—just make sure you purchase the gear that can handle this type of GPU power!
Q2: What is new about the GTX Titan X from its predecessors?
A: The GTX Titan X is an incredible successor to the GTX 980, which is still hailed as the best graphics card (GPU) on the market. However, with the creation, testing, and release of the Titan X, the new boss in town is this new GPU.
What made it necessary to create the GTX Titan X in the first place, was the gaining popularity of 4K PC monitors. The GTX 980m (the laptop version of the GTX 980) can barely handle 4K resolution in some gaming laptops, generally offering its best up to 2560 x 1440 resolution. However, it was realized that NVIDIA was going to have to create a powerhouse GPU that can keep cool with a super-charged fan while being able to power a 4K monitor solo, which was a difficult task. The Titan X definitely met these expectations and will be a repeating theme when talking about 4K gaming.
While some properties of the GTX Titan X stayed the same, there are differences between the GTX 980 and the Titan X that have improved graphics further than ever:
First, the memory has been boosted from 4GB to 12GB. This in itself is overkill in 2015 and will likely remain so seeing as there will not likely be a technology bump of VRAM requirements in consoles. Also, the memory bandwidth is an incredible 335.5 GB/s as opposed to 224 GB/s; the memory interface is 384-bit, when previously it was 256-bit; Thermal Design Power also went from 165 Watts to 250 Watts; and the CUDA Cores (think of them as processors of graphics cards) went from 2048 in the GTX 980 to 3072 in the Titan X.
The GTX Titan X is best suited for powering 4K Ultra HD displays and VR (Virtual Reality—e.g., headsets) but there are still some shortcomings. Nothing to get in a twist about, by any means. However, the Titan X has not quite gotten to 60 frames per second (fps) at 4K with a single GPU just yet. The GTX Titan X should, however, be good enough for framerates between 30 frames per second and 60 frames per second at high quality settings.
To fill the other gaps, NVIDIA will be promoting 4Kp60 G-Sync monitors alongside the Titan X, as the 30fps to 60fps is the range where G-Sync technology excels in—this is why, as mentioned earlier—that some 4K gaming monitors have made their way including G-Sync tech in them. While G-Sync does not make up for all of the lost framerates, it can take some out of the sub-60 framerates and make gameplay in 4K a cleaner and smoother experience.