Active Ray Tracing With the Titan RTX, An Interesting Finding

The RTX series had an interesting addition lately with the Titan RTX, the “Ultimate Graphics Card”. However, Ultimate performance comes at the ultimate price tag of a whopping $2500. Though, to be fair, you do get quite the graphics potential for your money. Here is how the Titan RTX compares (specifications wise) to the $3000 Titan V and the $1200 RTX 2080 Ti.

  • Titan V – 5120 CUDA, 640 tensor nuclei
  • RTX Titan – 4608 CUDA, 576 tensor and 72 RT-cores
  • RTX 2080 Ti – 4352 CUDA, 544 tensor and 68 RT-cores

To be fair to the Titan V, it is a video card for big studios and other professional use cases so this should be kept in mind. The way it still manages to match the RTX 2080 Ti without RT cores is through the sheer processing power from the higher CUDA core count. As is tradition by now with the whole RTX lineup, it’s time to see how well it runs Battlefield 5 with ray tracing. TobiWahnKenobi, a master member of German site 3Dcenter, tested all three of the cards in Battlefield 5 with DXR Raytrace Reflections and effects. Game settings were set to Ultra with TAA smoothing @ 1440p/2K. here are the results:

The H20 next to the last 3 results means water-cooling. The results show us that under water-cooling, all 3 cards perform at the same average of 70 FPS. However, there is more than meets the eye. A user on the German forum site has challenged these benchmarks. The user says that they experienced severe dips on the Rotterdam map. To confirm this, TobiWahnKenobi ran some tests on the map and confirmed that he experienced dips to 10 and even 2 FPS. It seems then that battlefield still has some ways to go in optimization.

You can be forgiven for taking these results with a grain of salt, many users are in the same boat. TobiWahnKenobi is a senior member and is highly regarded on the site; He is a master member and has 8,600 posts to his name.

Interesting Observation

Though users who use any of the 3 cards listed will have the power-supplies to run them and then some, the cards presented interesting readings in terms of power consumption. The most power efficient card of the 3 was the Titan V, drawing only 300W. Second comes The Titan RTX with 320W and lastly comes the RTX 2080 Ti with a hungry 380W.

It’s hard to determine exactly what sort of impact or effect RT-cores are having on gaming performance. Furthermore, these results were not generated using a known testing methodology, they are just user reports.


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