With all this “Next Gen” console business going on, people have kind of forgotten about PC’s, but NVIDIA has decided to shake up things by introducing the fastest GPU on the planet. The pricing could set you back as much as R8, 850 ($999).
Wait, what!? 9 grand for a GPU!? You’ve got to be kidding right. I mean you could buy like two PlayStation 4’s with all that money. But would those PS4’s have the fastest GPU’s in the world? Would they be supercomputers? No. I for one am incredibly conflicted when trying to choose which I’d rather buy, but I digress.
Let’s take a look at what this puppy is capable of, shall we? The “supercomputer” reference comes from the fact that the GTX TITAN is built with the same NVIDIA Kepler architecture that powers Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s newly launched Titan Supercomputer, which is the world’s fastest super computer used for open scientific research. It currently tops the lost of the top 500 supercomputers in the world. With the right combination of hardware and the GTX TITAN, personal gaming rigs, can become the most powerful it’s ever been. By harnessing the power of three GTX TITAN GPU’s at the same time, gamers can enable 3-way SLI at maxed out graphics settings without having a PC meltdown while playing the more demanding games releasing these days. Although most gamers don’t use SLI, many members of the niche community of hardware junkies do. So why use 3-way SLI? Because you can. If you have R27K to spend that is.
The GeForce GTX TITAN:
- Contains 7 billion transistors
- Has 2,668 GPU cores — 75% more than the Company’s NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680 GPU
- Delivers 4.5 Teraflops of single precision and 1.3 Teraflops of double precision processing power
- Supports new GPU Boost™ 2.0 technology which automatically boosts graphics performance and supports unlocked voltage and advanced controls for even more gaming control and overclocking customization
- Can be combined with additional GTX TITANs in SLI mode for even more performance
The design of the TITAN, contrary to its name, is smaller, slicker and sexier.
“GeForce GTX TITAN is a beast of a GPU — and the only one in the world powerful enough to play any game at any resolution at any time,” said Scott Herkelman, general manager of the GeForce business unit at NVIDIA. “And yet, all of this immense power is housed in a sleek, sexy design, so gamers can also build beautifully-designed PC gaming machines about the size of a gaming console, yet magnitudes more powerful and always upgradeable.”
And here’s some comparisons with other GPU’s, as seen on Gizmodo.