Titan RTX The most powerful graphics card on the market. So what makes Titan RTX special? Here is the Titan RTX Review.
For around 5,000 euros, this year’s high-end configuration with the current Nvidia Titan RTX is almost a bargain. We already had a Titan calculator in the test, which cost five digits. If Nvidia wanted to have 3,100 euros for the Titan V (Volta) at launch, the Titan RTX is only 2,700 euros. Also, Intel’s eight-core Core i9-9900K has become almost affordable for around 520 euros. So it’s no wonder that the current “black box” from the Munich-based system integrator Mifcom is so cheap this year. We tested them again.
Actually, it is the RTX 2080 Ti that already competes with the older Titan graphics cards (V, XP, X) when you consider that it already costs 1,300 euros. Anyone who is on the move in these price spheres shouldn’t care about the price-performance ratio anyway – and they shouldn’t only use the powerful computer for gaming. Because that has not changed on the Mifcom Blackbox for years: The similar gaming performance is of course also cheaper, the large black computer is more intended for professional use.
This is probably one of the reasons why the black box is available in all imaginable decadent variants: for example, with two Titan RTX in a water-cooled SLI network. We had one of these in the test two years ago, but at that time the difference in performance compared to the GTX graphics cards intended for mere mortals was significantly higher.
Nvidia Titan RTX vs. RTX 2080 Ti
Meanwhile, the Titan and RTX 2080 Ti are much more similar, both in terms of hardware and performance: The Titan RTX is based on the same circuit board and cooler design as the Founders Edition of the RTX 2080 Ti. Inside, a large vapor chamber covers all heat sources, above are two axial fans with a diameter of 85 millimeters. The most striking difference in the equipment is the GDDR6 memory, which is more than twice as large and cannot be filled (24 GB instead of 11 GB). This and the golden paint also double the already mentioned price of the Titan RTX.
Mifcom Blackbox Titan RTX: Equipment
The RTX Titan is worthy of equipment. Compared to the Mifcom computers of the previous year, little has changed here: For example, the housing, a Corsair Carbide Air 540, is standard on the black box. In detail, we don’t want to criticize the configuration at hand, since the computer equipment can be equipped individually anyway. Among the case fans, we would have opted for the somewhat more efficient Be Quiet Silent Wings instead of the Corsair ML140 Pro. The two HDDs, each with two terabytes of capacity, are also a bit undersized for such a machine.
Mifcom Blackbox Titan RTX: Individual price comparison
For complete computers, we always compare the price of the equipment we tested with the competition. To do this, we use the online configurator of a major retailer and equip the computer with the same components – assembly and warranty (here: three years) included. At Mifcom, the computer costs 5,182 euros, while we only get 4,564 euros in the competition’s PC configurator. The savings of a good 618 euros or twelve percent are relatively high here.
Application and game performance
In the practical test, the Titan RTX turns out to be the fastest graphics card currently available. However, the gap to the RTX 2080 Ti Founders Edition is smaller than expected: In the PCGH performance index, the Geforce achieves an average of 94.9 percent of the titanium performance. Since the Full HD and WQHD resolutions sometimes have a processor limit, it is worth taking a look at the fully graphics-limited Ultra HD resolution. Here the Titan RTX can set itself apart by 6.9 percentage points (+ 7.4% performance). From this, it can be deduced that sophisticated models of the RTX 2080 Ti, such as the EVGA FTW3, MSI Gaming X Trio, or Zotac AMP Extreme with their 300-watt TDP each, achieve the performance of the Titan RTX. More about the Titan RTX can be found in the 03/2019 issue.
Above all, we are interested in the performance with and without ray tracing. We tried our benchmark course in Battlefield 5 and got the unsurprising result that Nvidia’s radiation technology swallows a lot of fps: With active ray tracing, the average frame rate melts from around 75 fps to only 39 fps. Of course, we measured in the highest detail quality and Ultra HD resolution. In this case, we also looked at the frame time graph and can see that without ray tracing the frame rate is much more even. Without ray tracing, all the water reflections have not completely disappeared, only those that are outside the field of view. So if you currently want to play in full ray tracing graphic splendor, you prefer to limit yourself to the WQHD resolution or dispense with the ray feature in favor of the higher frame rate. We consider the latter option to be the better compromise.
Heat and noise development
While the older titanium graphics cards were still cooled with a blower design, the system now used with two axial fans benefits the low background noise. The RTX Titan, and therefore the entire computer, is significantly quieter than its predecessor under full load. We measured a maximum loudness of only 2.6 sones under gaming load, which is quite low in this performance class. In 2D Windows mode, the computer is still relatively loud with around 1.0 sone, which is likely due to the compact water cooling and the case fan. With a little tuning, you could certainly get the computer a little quieter. If we put the i9 processor under full load with Cinebench, the Corsair cooling reveals itself as a sawmill and becomes loud with a buzzing like a circular saw up to 5.7 sones. So if you are currently rendering a video with all cores, you should plan a pause during this. But the water cooling is also effective – the i9-9900K does not get over 51 degrees even under load.