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Nvidia unveils the $2,999 Titan V desktop graphics card, "the most powerful PC GPU ever...

By midian182 · 46 replies
Dec 8, 2017
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  1. Nvidia has unexpectedly announced “the most powerful PC GPU ever created,” the Titan V. At the 2017 Neural Information Processing Systems conference, company CEO and founder Jensen Huang took to the stage to show off the card, which is based on the company’s Volta architecture.

    The GV100-powered Titan V, which is fabricated on a new TSMC 12-nanometer FFN high-performance manufacturing process, is available today for $2,999. It features 110 teraflops of raw performance, 21.1 billion transistors, 12GB of HMB2 memory, 5120 CUDA Cores, and 640 tensor cores. Nvidia says it has nine times the horsepower of its predecessor, the Pascal-based Titan Xp.

      Titan V Titan Xp GTX 1080 GTX 1060
    GPU GV100 GP102-400-A1 GP104-400-A1 GP106-400-A1
    Architecture Volta Pascal Pascal Pascal
    Transistor count 21 Billion 12 Billion 7.2 Billion 4.4 Billion
    Manufacturing process TSMC 12 nm FinFET+ TSMC 16 nm TSMC 16 nm TSMC 16 nm
    CUDA cores 5,120 3,840 2,560 1,280
    SMMs / SMXs 40 30 20 10
    ROPs n/a 96 64 48
    Core clock 1,200 MHz 1,405 MHz 1,607 MHz 1,506 MHz
    Boost clock 1,455 MHz 1582 MHz 1,733 MHz 1,709 MHz
    Memory Clock 1700 MHz 2852 MHz 1,250 MHz 2,000 MHz
    VRAM 12 12 GB 8 GB 3 GB / 6 GB
    Memory Bus 3072-bit 384-bit 256-bit 192-bit
    Memory Bandwidth 653 GB/s 547 GB/s 320 GB/s 192 GB/s
    FP Performance 15 TFLOPS 12.0 TFLOPS 9.0 TFLOPS 4.61 TFLOPS
    Thermal Threshold 91 Degrees C 97 Degrees C 94 Degrees C 94 Degrees C
    TDP 250 W 250 W 180 W 120 W
    Launch MSRP $2999 $1200 $599/$699 $249/$299

    While it is a 'consumer-grade' desktop GPU, the Titan V is targeted toward those researchers, developers, and scientists working in the fields of AI and machine learning—much like the Tesla V100 announced back in May. No gaming performance information has been revealed, though Nvidia did say the GPU uses the standard GeForce driver stack.

    “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,” Huang says in a statement. “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.”

    We still don’t know exactly when gaming-focused Volta-based GPUs will arrive; back in August, Nvidia said they weren't in the "foreseeable future." Until they do get here, Pascal cards such as the GTX 1080 Ti remain at the top of most gamers’ wish list.

    The Titan V is on sale now through Nvidia’s online store. It’s limited to two units per customer and is only available in certain markets.

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  2. amghwk

    amghwk TS Maniac Posts: 338   +187

    Though I can't afford it... Wow!

    I'm a classic gamer and not interested in new games, because I feel new games are more of the same... and I don't think I'll upgrade my graphics powerhouse anymore, even if I can afford it.
    Stark and MaikuTech like this.
  3. MaikuTech

    MaikuTech TS Maniac Posts: 804   +140

    Hmm I'm pretty sure standford university will finally be happy to speed up their testings.
    Anyone in their right mind shouldn't need that video card for regular gaming - higher end gaming or whatever else they do
  4. NicktheWVAHick

    NicktheWVAHick TS Booster Posts: 133   +95

    It’s finally happened. I can no longer afford a new graphics card, memory or CPU. Tilt...Game over.
  5. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,267   +1,367

    WOW! 9 TIMES the horsepower!?!

    That's amazing given it only has 25% more TFLOPS. Does anyone actually believe this thing will even be twice as fast? Also, 12GB memory. LOL. Nvidia still cant hit that 16GB barrier. 12GB is maxwell titan territory. a $3k titan should have 16 minimum, 24 preferred.

    cmon AMD, start competing for christ's sake.
  6. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Guru Posts: 447   +494

    When they talk about 9 times the performance of Titan XP, they mean for applications like deep learning. The clue is in the size of the die. It's rammed with Tensor cores and an ultra wide memory bus.

    Tensor cores are supposed to be Nvidia's secret sauce processing clusters designed for deep learning. Nothing like that exists on Nvidia's mainstream consumer graphics chips which the XP is an offshoot of, they were first used on the Tesla V100.

    This isn't a Geforce graphics card. Don't expect to see anything like those Tensor cores on Volta based consumer GPUs next year.
  7. WhiteEagle

    WhiteEagle TS Rookie

    Fear not! Everything is cyclical. At some point, this technology will become obsolete and the price will come down and you will be able to afford it.
  8. CBTex

    CBTex TS Booster Posts: 41   +68

    I would have thought going from 16nm to 12nm FinFet would have yield better clock speeds...

    2.5x the cost for about 25% more performance compared to Titan Xp.
    4.3x the cost for about 33% more performance compared to 1080 Ti.
    5x the cost for about 67% more performance compared to 1080.

    Unless your heavily utilizing the AI compute features, this thing doesn't seem that great. I know it's not really the consumer version, but neither is the Titan Xp.
    TempleOrion likes this.
  9. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,611   +926

    A price only miners, governments, & criminals can afford.
    TempleOrion and senketsu like this.
  10. Nero7

    Nero7 TS Maniac Posts: 324   +122

    12GB to make it obsolete in a few years?
    NimbusTLD and MonsterZero like this.
  11. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,016   +1,024

    Except it's 3 times the price for 9 times the performance.... at least, according to Nvidia...

    And this is NOT a consumer card - despite it technically being available to consumers... What is exciting is that when the 1180Ti comes out, or whatever Nvidia calls their high-end Volta gaming card down the road, we're going to see some pretty awesome performance. Don't suppose Nvidia will be sending these to anyone for benchmarking any time soon?
  12. JohnnieCanuk

    JohnnieCanuk TS Rookie

    Two of these in SLI will give ~30 TFLOPS. Is that enough for 2x8k images at <90 FPS? Just wondering if two titan Vs have the power to drive 8k native VR.
  13. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 509   +276

    Yea, but can it run Crysis?
    Lurker101, ghostf1re, EduarT and 4 others like this.
  14. CBTex

    CBTex TS Booster Posts: 41   +68

    It's only 9 times the performance for AI. NVidia isn't claiming 9 times gaming performance. By calling it a Titan, nVidia is marketing it at the Prosumer area of users, they same market as the Titan Xp. Like I said, this thing is only worth it for those planing on utilizing it's AI acceleration features.
  15. Mieksr

    Mieksr TS Enthusiast Posts: 43   +9

    How fast does it mine?
  16. Vulcanproject

    Vulcanproject TS Guru Posts: 447   +494

    I'm betting not as well as the 12 RX580s that you could buy for the price.
    NimbusTLD and TempleOrion like this.
  17. Mieksr

    Mieksr TS Enthusiast Posts: 43   +9

    Very true ;)
  18. Kenrick

    Kenrick TS Evangelist Posts: 629   +403

    Damn.. thats incredible. Looks green is way way ahead.
  19. pcnthuziast

    pcnthuziast TS Guru Posts: 402   +42

    Sorry, I don't buy the hype. If 2999 is suggested retail, I won't be surprised when I see them selling for 4k or more. Only a fool would drop even half that on this over hyped card.
    TempleOrion likes this.
  20. Abraka

    Abraka TS Addict Posts: 173   +53

    Can it run Tetris?
  21. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 2,923   +1,433

    That is why I have recently vowed to stay a generation behind. I picked up a 980 Ti on e-bay last month for $335. When consumer Volta's come out, 1080 Tis will be similarly priced. I just could not justify a starting price of $750 for a 1080 Ti when it was roughly only 10-percent faster even though it consumes about 2x the power.
    Certainly by price!
    This. The Titan Z costed as much, but was really only marginally better than other cards in the series. IMO, it will be no different with this card. nVidia is only interested in how much they can siphon from their users pockets. I can hear the conversation in their marketing department: We sold Titan Zs at this price, suckers will die to pay $2,999 for Titan Vs (demonic laugh).
  22. Mighty Duck

    Mighty Duck TS Addict Posts: 125   +58

    This isn't a gaming card. If you think it's too expensive, then you plan to buy it for the wrong reasons.
    Squid Surprise and Vulcanproject like this.
  23. CaptainTom

    CaptainTom TS Maniac Posts: 354   +164

    100% agreed.

    I was impressed at first, but really only because I didn't think they would release (Real) Volta cards until late 2018.

    After further inspection this only has 25% more compute and 20% more bandwidth. So unless the architecture is an incredible upgrade for gaming, I would be very surprised if it is even 50% stronger than the Titan Xp. This is meant to compete with Vega in AI/compute.

    Furthermore it seems like this isn't even the full die (as usual), and a 6144-Sp variant is probably in the works. Also the rumored 12nm Vega 20 with double the bandwidth and higher clocks than it's predecessor actually could foreseeably compete with this.

    But yeah AMD really needs to gets it act together haha. But if games all start performing like Wolfenstein II it won't be an issue.... If...
    TempleOrion likes this.
  24. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,267   +1,367

    So nvidia went from titan being a prosumer, to consumer, back to prosumer? They need to make up their minds on what the titan is. (the titan Xp was nothing but a glorified gaming card, had noting over the 1080ti.)
  25. CaptainTom

    CaptainTom TS Maniac Posts: 354   +164

    You can already almost get that from 2 x Vega lol. If Volta is powerful, it's not because of its tflops.

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