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Tested: Nvidia's new Titan X is absolutely decadent in SLI

Gordon Mah Ung | Aug. 3, 2016
We test not just one new Pascal Titan X, we test two!

Since day one, Nvidia’s Titan-series of GPUs have never been understood by the masses.

Expensive, power-hungry, and overloaded with RAM, Titans don’t make sense to us plebeians. Sure, the cards have always been pitched as GPUs that bridge gaming and professional use, but the truth is, Titans are for the class of people who get to double-park their exotic sports car in front of the restaurant while you or I self-park our Camry in the parking lot behind it.

The latest Titan X changes none of that. In fact, in many ways, it seems to double-down on that class divide.

On paper, the Titan X will excite anyone. It has an incredible 3,584 CUDA cores, 12GB of GDDR5X RAM, 11 teraflops of single-precision performance and 480GB/s of memory bandwidth. (For a far more comprehensive look at the beast's specs, read PCWorld's detailed Titan X launch preview.)

But oh, the cost. The price has jumped from $1,000 for previous single-GPU Titan cards to $1,200 for this new Pascal card. In fact, this GPU is so exclusive, it also breaks with the tradition of getting seeded to the grubby press for reviews before the launch.

The only way to get a card before launch, we were told, was in a pre-built machine.

So what better way to accentuate just how overkill the new Titan X card is than the PC it arrived in: A custom-painted Falcon Northwest FragBox 2 with hardware that will leave your jaw on the floor.

falcon fragbox 2
Gordon Mah Ung

Falcon Northwest’s FragBox 2 is pure decadance with a pair of new Pascal-based Titan X GPUs, a 10-core Core i7-6950X CPU, a 512GB 950 Evo and a 4TB 850 Evo.

Damn, now this is a luxury PC

Inside the FragBox 2, you find not just one new Titan X (because what commoner would only have one, right?), but two in SLI. The Titan Xs are in good company, too, as Falcon paired the $2,400 in video cards with Intel’s new $1,500 10-core Core i7-6950X.

In the “why the hell not?” column, Falcon loads up the FragBox 2 with the wickedly-fast 512GB Samsung 950 Pro m.2 NVME drive for the OS and—wait for it—a $1,500 4TB Samsung 850 EVO too.

Yes, not only is the Falcon loaded with two new Titan X cards and a 10-core Intel CPU few people can justify, but also the world’s largest SSD. Dayum.

The new Titan X cards in our FragBox 2 run at bone stock clock speeds. Falcon Northwest officials said this was done because, well, they had no choice. At the time the machine was built, none of the overclocking utilities even worked with the new Titan X cards.

 

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