I must admit the Titan RTX was initially a hard sell for me. Being a digital grunt in the trenches I am always interested in new hardware that improves my workflow or helps me complete my job.
Being a grunt also meant I did not possess or have access to an unlimited budget to spend on hardware and the price point of the RTX was simply out of reach at $2,500 (US).
With that in mind, I would never have tried the Titan RTX and that would have been a mistake.
I was simply not looking at it in the right frame of mind.
If you are a musician, you need a good instrument just as a farmer needs a good tractor or a mechanic needs a good set of tools.
Sure, there are less costly instruments, tractors, and tools out there but are they worth the savings? Will the instrument sound as good? Will the tractor plow as many acres per day? Will the mechanic's tools hold up to hard work and fit properly?
As silly as they sound those are all real-world examples of things that are easily affected by quality and price point.
We all know high price does not equate to a greater product in most cases but considering the tech involved here, high price usually means better performance. There are some expensive components being used in modern display cards. Couple that with expensive research and development costs you can begin to see that there are plenty of reasons this kind of tech can get a bit expensive.
Some of you may wonder why I use a farm analogy and it’s because it’s a vocation I’m very familiar with. It also comes with expensive necessities like the equipment required so bear with me.
That necessary piece of equipment, like a tractor, can cost up to $300,000 (US).
So why not buy a cheaper tractor?
You could do that and not enjoy any of the modern features that make more expensive tractors so efficient. Features like guidance control and other automation. That cheaper tractor might spend more time in the shop needing repairs too. Count in all that expense plus downtime when it breaks down.
Computers are the same way except they rarely break down. Unless, of course, you are Windows 10 user then all bets are off on every update but it's not the hardware that breaks in that case.
Having cheaper computer hardware can mean things get done albeit slower and in between crashes.
Don’t forget all the lost work due to those crashes too.
Video cards cause a lot of crashes.
Since installing the RTX… no crashes. Zero. None. Nada.
I got more 3D apps than brain cells and for the first time… they are all getting along and playing well with each other.
NO BSODs! That’s right… haven’t seen a Blue Screen of Death with the RTX either.
In a commercial environment, you need the proper equipment. Whether it’s a tractor or a desktop, it’s still an important piece of equipment.
In this case, one must look at it differently than just spending $2,500 bucks on a video card.
You are buying the proper equipment. And that equipment should pay for itself over its lifetime. In fact, it should not only pay for itself, but it should continue to provide benefits over that lifetime.
Things like speed and smoothness are just a couple of advantages. Stability of the entire desktop is another.
So, if I were still an active freelancer would I consider purchasing something like the RTX?
Meeting hard deadlines can require the aforementioned speed, smoothness, and stability so you can spend your energy being creative and keep bringing home the bacon. The RTX provides this… at least it did for me.
If need be, I would try to seek out a contract or two just to pay for the card because it has been nothing short of phenomenal to work with and reliable.
Some things are just worth the price of admission, and we didn’t even cover the time (and its related expense) saved by the faster render times of the RTX!
Consider this video Luddite converted.
M.D. McCallum, aka WarLord, is an international award-winning commercial graphics artist, 3D animator, published author, project director, and webmaster with a freelance career that spans over 20 years. Now retired, M.D. is currently working part-time on writing and select character development projects. You can learn more about MD on his website.