Nvidia announces monster Titan X graphics card

Nvidia has unveiled its latest graphics card with beastly specs: the new Titan X.

The product was previously rumoured, alongside an as of yet unannounced 1080Ti.

Built on the same Pascal architecture as the successful 10 series, the Titan X promises what Nvidia calls "an irresponsible amount of performance".

It will be available from August 2nd for $1,200 direct from nvidia.co.uk.

The card, which – according to Nvidia – has up to 3X faster performance for GeForce GTX 10 Series when compared to the GTX 900 Series dwarves the 1080 (their current flagship card) but with a price point of $1,200 it is double the price.

It has been revealed following the launch of the Nvidia 1080, 1070 and recently the 1060.

The Titan X’s specs are as follows:

  • 11 TFLOPS FP32
  • 44 TOPS INT8 (new deep learning inferencing instruction)
  • 12B transistors
  • 3,584 CUDA cores at 1.53GHz (versus 3,072 cores at 1.08GHz in previous Titan X)
  • Up to 60% faster performance than previous Titan X
  • High performance engineering for maximum overclocking
  • 12 GB of GDDR5X memory (480 GB/s)

Apparently, the card’s production began with a bet.

Brian Kelleher, Nvidia’s top hardware engineer, bet the firm’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang that he could get more than 10 teraflops of computing performance from a single chip. Jen-Hsun thought that was crazy.

As of today (July 22nd), Jen-Hsun now owes Brian a dollar.

That Nvidia has managed to get more than 10 teraflops of performance out of a single chip is mightily impressive. The card will undoubtedly be the benchmark by which other premium graphics cards are judged by (for now), but its premium cost might be a deterrent to many people who would be tempted.

The 10 series will likely be Nvidia’s big seller for the forseeable future but the Titan X gives us a glimpse into just how powerful graphics cards are going to get from here.

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