NVIDIA Star Wars TITAN Xp Collector Edition Review

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Let's start with our photo-shoot. A few pages that show the ins and outs with the help of photos, all taken with an in-house photo-shoot of course. 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.

 

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There are green LEDs (Jedi edition / Dark Side has red LEDs on the top, bottom and fan housing. It has been made looked to have had a bit of age already, it has seen a few battles I guess.  The beauty, however, is shown when it lights up, which we've shown you on the previous page.

 

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Back to the basics though, the card is your standard dual-slot solution, its cooling is vapor chamber based. The cooler's Plexiglass allows you to actually look into the heatsink's aluminum fins. The fan is outfitted with a special Star Wars side design, its airflow is carefully directed to take in air from the PC and exhaust it outside the PC, in order to optimize cooling efficiency while minimizing noise causing restrictions. The Titan Xp will have a maximum power design of roughly 250 Watts, but yes, these are made to overclock as well. As such, Nvidia is using one 150+75 Watts 8-pin and one 6-pin PEG (PCI Express Graphics) connector. Another 75 to 150 Watts is delivered through the PCIe slot and thus motherboard. 


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As you can see, a back-plate to prevent the card from bending and protect rear-PCB side components. The opinions on back-plates differ per person. Of course, they protect the backside of the PCB and its components, but back-plates can also easily trap heat. This design seems to do just that, hence I am not a fan of it. I would have liked to have seen many meshes and airflow vents. And then they are often added for aesthetic reasons of course. 


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The Titan Xp SW will offer four display connectors; you'll spot three DisplayPort connectors and one full-size HDMI connector. The DVI connector has been removed for exhaust airflow. DisplayPort is 1.2 certified and DP 1.3/1.4 Ready, enabling support for 4K displays at 120Hz, 5K displays at 60Hz, and 8K displays at 60Hz (using two cables). The card includes three DisplayPort connectors, one HDMI 2.0b connector, and one dual-link DVI connector. Up to four display heads can be driven simultaneously from one card. The GTX 1080 display pipeline supports HDR gaming, as well as video encoding and decoding. New to Pascal is HDR Video (4K@60 10/12b HEVC Decode), HDR Record/Stream (4K@60 10b HEVC Encode), and HDR Interface Support (DP 1.4).

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