NVIDIA Star Wars TITAN Xp Collector Edition Review

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NVIDIA Star Wars TITAN Xp Collectors Edition Review
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In this article, we'll look if the force is strong with the new NVIDIA Star Wars TITAN Xp Collector Edition. The card is the fastest consumer graphics card on the globe and is available in the all new Star Wars themed Dark Side and Jedi version, shaped and styled after a lightsaber. Make no mistake, it's not a gimmick as this graphics houses Nvidia's fastest Pascal GP102 GPU tied towards with 12GB of GDDR5X graphics memory.  Yeah, the wishes of the ultimate Star Wars fans that like the game on Nvidia hardware have been heard. Nvidia, a couple of days ago, released their Nvidia Titan Xp Star Wars Collector's Edition, in both a Dark Side and Jedi version. Honestly, guys, it's the best 'reference' Xp design card that Nvidia ever released when it comes to aesthetics as this thing looks just terrific. But are you into the dark side or not? It's pretty important question, as the dark side card is colored with red LEDs, the Jedi side with green. 


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Before you ask if you have been wondering, yes this is the same blower type of cooler, yes it'll make the same amount of noise and yes it'll perform roughly the same cooling wise. Nvidia, makes besat of a graphics card runs 1405 MHz on the base clock however allowed a nice boost clock frequency of 1582 MHz. Remember, this is a Xp, thus a full 12 GB GDDR5X based graphics card and the Micron modules are clocking in at an effective data-rate of 11,408 GHz.  So yes, that does mean this is the fastest consumer based graphics card your money can get you, and you will need money as they cost 1200 bucks a pop. Which however is a similar amount when compared towards the reference Xp card. The card comes with three DisplayPort 1.4 connectors and a single HDMI 2.0b. DVI is lacking, Nvidia does include a DP to DVI dongle in the box. And a Jedi Order sticker for your PC case. From A to Z, the product is special, there is a lot of detail on and in the packaging, it's an experience to open up alright. Next, to that, the light-saber styled cooler is just stellar to see, in a galaxy far far away.

The updated model comes with the Pascal GP102 graphics processor and even faster memory. That GP102 graphics processor features 3840 fully enabled shader cores and has been tied to 12GB of GDDR5X memory running over a 384-bit bus, a product that is selling for give or take $1200. You have been able to see very few reviews on this new product, Nvidia really isn't aiming at gamers with this release. It is supposed to be a professional series or prosumer product aimed at deep-learning, really that is what this iteration of Pascal GP102 is about. But we all know (including Nvidia) that a product like this will be worshipped and embraced by many gamers in the sense of having that Ferrari in their PC opposed to the Porsche.  The gamers that can and will purchase this product will need to focus on Quad HD and Ultra HD gaming mostly. Below that resolution, honestly... go look at a GTX 1070 or 1080 (Ti). The Pascal GP102, fabbed at a 16nm node with fins, that smaller 16nm FinFET fabrication process works out really well for Nvidia. 

  

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If you combine the specs you will get a bit dizzy I guess, but considering we'll be looking at the product from a gaming point of view, I can say this card will run rather lovely in the Quad HD and Ultra HD domain with titles like GTA-V, Star Wars Battlefront II, Wolfenstein II The New Colossus, Call of Duty: WW2, Destiny 2, Middle-Earth Shadow of War and F1 2017. All hip 'n trendy game titles which we'll test today BTW. Over the next pages, we'll go a little deeper into the technology and architecture, but not too deep as this release is mostly about feel and aesthetics. The graphics card has been fitted with a powerful dual-slot single-fan cooler. The temperature of this card will sit at the 80 degrees C marker under full load and is reasonably quiet. Let's get this review started.

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