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Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan X 12 GB (SLI)

We have built a system inside a Lian Li chassis with no case fans and have used a fanless cooler on our CPU. The motherboard is also passively cooled. This gives us a build with almost completely passive cooling and it means we can measure noise of just the graphics card inside the system when we run looped 3dMark tests.

We measure from a distance of around 1 meter from the closed chassis and 4 foot from the ground to mirror a real world situation. Ambient noise in the room measures close to the limits of our sound meter at 28dBa. Why do this? Well this means we can eliminate secondary noise pollution in the test room and concentrate on only the video card. It also brings us slightly closer to industry standards, such as DIN 45635.

KitGuru noise guide
10dBA – Normal Breathing/Rustling Leaves
20-25dBA – Whisper
30dBA – High Quality Computer fan
40dBA – A Bubbling Brook, or a Refrigerator
50dBA – Normal Conversation
60dBA – Laughter
70dBA – Vacuum Cleaner or Hairdryer
80dBA – City Traffic or a Garbage Disposal
90dBA – Motorcycle or Lawnmower
100dBA – MP3 player at maximum output
110dBA – Orchestra
120dBA – Front row rock concert/Jet Engine
130dBA – Threshold of Pain
140dBA – Military Jet takeoff/Gunshot (close range)
160dBA – Instant Perforation of eardrum
noise
The Titan X is using a reference Nvidia cooler, which while not quite at the same level as modified solutions from Nvidia partners, handles the task reasonably well. We wouldn't say this was the quietest card we have ever tested, however fan noise is not that intrusive. That said, the fans work harder if the two cards are in directly adjacent slots.

We ran several high frame rate tests to try and aggravate coil whine – it wasn't noticeable.

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9 comments

  1. Primus Inter Pares

    The only conclusion I can reach after reading this article, is that AMD’s 295×2 is a badass deal

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  3. man… The Titan X SLI makes no sense to me nvm the the Titan X alone “double precision processing capabilities” that was the whole marketing campaign for the Original titan.. Now the Titan is for gamers?? Still doesn’t perform well performance/price ratio. It’s ridiculous.. 2 Titan X sli only beating the 295×2 (year and a half old architecture” buy 10 frames?? $689 vs $2000? That’s pretty pathetic. Unfortunately for me I will be skipping this gen (the first time I will skip a gen 5800ultra)..This is why I don’t take reviews serious anymore from any website (I understand You get paid for this but you guys talk this up when you actually can see this makes no sense.

  4. Not all compute workloads demand double precision. It is definitely marketed as a gaming card, but it is also marketed as a compute card. It truly is a single precision compute monster, and this is the main reason for the 12 GB of RAM, I think. The Quadro M6000 does not have more double precision performance than the Titan X. It is still FP64 at 1/32 FP32. It has ECC RAM, however.

  5. Dude in 4k the titanx sli beats the 295×2 by at least 16 fps. Not looking at the 31 fps differnece in tomb raider 4k. Plus, ur looking at the 295×2 a year after it launched. Lets take a trip back to the day it was launched. It was 1500$ . so dont get modest about it now and say amd isnt a money sucking company. Both amd and Nvidia are. It is just how business runs nowadays. Yes the titanx doesnt justify the money. But when did the extreme enthusiasts products ever do? The intel 5960x doesnt justify the money. The 9590 from amd didnt justify the price/performance ratio when it launched for 800$. The 290x when launched was 700$. Water cooling doesnt justify the money compared to air cooling. I hope everyone sees this comment To change the obsolete logic that amd is a company that cares about people’s wallets and nvidia is a company that eat ur wallet. Noo, amd is just like nvidia.

  6. Another Luxury vdeocard for the bloody rich

  7. And still, there’s something that proves you wrong: R9 295X2 CrossFire

  8. Yet, people are snatching the $1000.00 card up…

  9. I hate it when peasants comment on things they can’t afford. lol.