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Test Specifications and Methodology

To try to eliminate a CPU and Platform bottleneck we used Intel's flagship 'extreme' high end desktop (HEDT) processor, the i7-5960X paired with a X99-A/USB 3.1 motherboard from ASUStek, their latest entry model featuring two USB 3.1 Type-A ports powered by an ASmedia controller. This future proof mainboard is an ideal match for a new future proof GPU.

NVIDIA also used the 5960X so this places things on par, however there is a small caveat here. Lightly threaded games may benefit from the additional 1GHz provided by Intel's mainstream i7-4790K and Z97 platform. We will follow this up in a subsequent review but for our launch coverage of TITAN X, we are sticking with Intel's High End Desktop Platform. as this is what NVIDIA, other sites and ourselves have used in the past to test other flagship GPUs such as AMD's Radeon HD 7970 and NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980.

CPU i7-5960X
M/B ASUS X99-A/USB 3.1 / GIGABYTE X99 G1-Gaming
RAM 4x4GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4-2800 @ DDR4-2133 / 4x4GB Crucial Desktop DDR4-2133
SSD Crucial M500 960GB
HDD Seagate 3TB 7200 RPM
Cooling Intel TS13X Liquid Cooler + 3 Corsair Case Fans
Chassis Corsair C70 Vengeance Mid Tower
GPU NVIDIA GTX 980, ASUS ROG Matrix Platinum GTX 980, NVIDIA TITAN X,AMD Radeon R9 290X
S/W NVIDIA Drivers 344.16/347.84 Beta,
LCD DELL U2412M, UP2414Q
OS Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

Testing was performed at 25-29 C ambient room temperature and power tests at Full HD resolution.