Nvidia, it seems, has introduced the world to a true titan this time. The company launched the Titan V GPU which is priced at whopping $2,999 and boasts of some unbelievable specs. Unlike the Titan X which was easily overshadowed when the buffed up GTX 1080ti launched. This card is going to take a while to topple because it shows a very significant jump in the specs compared to the other most powerful card right now, the 1080ti.
Though Nvidia has used the term ‘consumer’ generously, the $3,000 price tag makes it a rather luxurious item that very few will be able to afford. And according to Nvidia themselves, this card has been made with AI and scientific simulation processing in mind. The Titan V has 21.1 billion transistors that deliver 110 teraflops of performance with 12GB of HBM2 memory. This is nine times that of its predecessor, and this the card does with extreme energy efficiency.
Nvidia in the TITAN V is using its Volta architecture with a major redesign of the streaming multiprocessor that is at the center of the GPU. This doubles the energy efficiency of the previous generation Pascal design, which enables a boosted performance while being in the same power envelope.
Nvidia says that the new 640 ‘Tensor Cores’ designed specifically for deep learning deliver up to nine-times higher peak teraflops. The Titan V most importantly comes with 5120 CUDA cores which are way more than the 3,584 CUDA cores of the 1080ti and this is where the biggest difference lies. With the new combined L1 data cache and shared memory unit significantly improve performance while also simplifying programming.
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Nvidia is really pushing the AI capabilities of the new card and is even granting access to users of the card to Nvidia GPU Cloud account. Here users can access the latest GPU-optimized AI, deep learning, and HPC software.
“Our vision for Volta was to push the outer limits of high performance computing and AI. We broke new ground with its new processor architecture, instructions, numerical formats, memory architecture and processor links,” said Huang. “With TITAN V, we are putting Volta into the hands of researchers and scientists all over the world. I can’t wait to see their breakthrough discoveries.”
The Nvidia Titan V comes in a casing of gold and black which makes it look slick (maybe even better than the Titan Xp Star Wars Collectors Edition). Nvidia has not revealed anything about when they will start integrating its new Volta architecture into more affordable gaming oriented cards. But we suppose they are going to wait it out since the Pascal architecture was introduced just a year and a half back.
The Nvidia Titan V is now available to purchase from the NVIDIA store in selected countries and is limited to two per customer.
Here’s the promo: