The NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN is the fastest GPU on the planet 
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Yolanda Green
February 20, 2013 at 12:00 pm

GTX TITAN

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.

Comparison

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  • Admiral Chief Erwin

    Heh, why kill it when you can OVERKILL it

    Good looking card if I do say so (as an AMD fan)

    Imagine spending R27k on GPU’s, genugtig!

    • Deon Steyn

      Maybe that’s why PC Gamers pirate so much? They can’t afford anything else after spending R9 000.00 on a graphics card.

      • Admiral Chief Erwin

        ;)

      • http://www.idontlikegamingiloveit.com Tateboetie Malaaitie

        Hmmph ,jealousy is such an ugly color.

        • Deon Steyn

          jealousy?

      • mornelithe

        So what’s the excuse for all the console pirates?

    • http://www.idontlikegamingiloveit.com Tateboetie Malaaitie

      The unwashed masses have no IDEA!!!

  • ElNicko

    wonder if they accept payment in organs , sure I only need one kidney and half a liver (wonder what i’d get for those on the blackmarket)

  • Nicholas Rowan

    I’ll take three thanks. Who’s sponsoring me?

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      Not me. But you will be sponsoring me. Now if you will kindly drink this and climb in to that bathtub of ice for me that would be great…..

      • theSiCness

        hy kidney, ek was al so gevang…..

        • Brady miaau

          Not sure if serious or not. But if serious, really sorry there. I cannot imagine something worse. I think these people that do this are the worst kind of scum, on par with LRA.

          And I just did, damn, getting to sleep tonight will not be fun.

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          Eish. That’s a kak one man

        • theSiCness

          i believe the correct response would be…..I see what you did there……kidney….

      • Brady miaau

        ouch.

        I understand they do not climb into the bathtub, you put them there after the “procedure”. With a kind note of thanks, of course. And a small meal.

        • matthurstrsa

          Steak and kidney pie?

          • Brady miaau

            no, oats. But thanks for asking

      • Nicholas Rowan

        I’m not falling for that again. IT’S A TRAP!

  • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

    Woah! And with 6GB? That’s an impressive looking card.

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    Looking at these stats just put my brain into reptile defence mode. Licks eyeball.

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    Looking at these stats just put my brain into reptile defence mode. Licks eyeball.

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    Looking at these stats just put my brain into reptile defence mode. Licks eyeball.

  • Sir Captain Rincethis

    Looking at these stats just put my brain into reptile defence mode. Licks eyeball.

  • Hondsepop

    Nice, however, the days of bragging about “look at my graphics” are long gone. The wife will never approve of this.

    • Brady miaau

      Yes. with you (well, I would never want the card, but I understand the wife issues)

      Your money is no longer yours. I earn quite a bit more than the wife, but yeah, not only my money anymore. :( must share.

      • http://twitter.com/Lolita_za Yolanda Green

        that seems a little unfair …

        • Brady miaau

          It is a little unfair and more joking than truth. But you now have responsibilities that you never had before. Till age 30 I was answerable to nobody, so yes, I sometimes do feel a little trapped and yes I realise it is stupid and not fair of me. So, get an upvote!

          The cool thing about marriage is sharing and deciding things jointly. A life together and all that. I really, really like it.

          Now if someone can just explain that to my wife…. :)

      • matthurstrsa

        same dude but come on, its worth it.

        • Brady miaau

          of course it is. Well worth it.

          I was being a little sarcastic and facetious all at once.

          • matthurstrsa

            My wife would be well jealous of your scottish fold!

          • Brady miaau

            Well, costs a few grand to buy the pedigreed cats but I like. They have such distinct and interesting personalities. My little boy kitty was on Kyknet as well, bless him.

            Ah, yes, look what i did there. Willing to spend the money on a cat, hey?

      • CodeScarwls

        She will never know :)

  • OVG

    So the wii U is now outdated :p

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      It was ever in-date?

      • OVG

        2003

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          Wait, if 2003…then…. It knows how to time-travel? Wow. That’s impressive

          • OVG

            Have you played FFXIII-2? It makes perfect sense.

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            lol

          • Deon Steyn

            Time travel since before 2003

          • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

            hehe

  • Brady miaau

    On a more serious note, who actually buys these things? Rich parents for the kids: When I was in school a few of my classmate, yes.

    We are, I suppose, comfortably middle class, but this is not on the budget (assume I wanted). We simply cannot afford to buy something like this.

    Or do I have it wrong: do you give priority and buy this over, say, improving house and so forth?

    • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

      I believe this is more for the serious PC enthusiast.

      • Deon Steyn

        Serious like the people fixing Aliens Colonial Marines?

        • Sir Rants-a-Lot Llew

          Nah, more for the people who want to run the biggest games at the fastest speeds possible (ie: Crysis 3 and the likes at a gazillion frames per second)

    • http://twitter.com/Lolita_za Yolanda Green

      I’d save up to buy this :P I think it’s just a matter of interest, some people spend lots of money pimping out their cars or sound or go on expensive hunting trips. Some buy GPU’s ^_^

      • Draco Lusus

        Buy they time you’ve saved enough, the updated (680/690 update) would have arrived and be way more expensive :)….but the plus side would be the price would have dropped and you can afford it more easily.

      • http://twitter.com/Kikmi Slade Boender

        Now aint that the truth!

      • http://twitter.com/Kikmi Slade Boender

        Now aint that the truth!

      • http://twitter.com/Kikmi Slade Boender

        Now aint that the truth!

    • CodeScarwls

      When you start working, you spend your money on the weirdest things.
      The only person you need to justify a reason for buying something like this, is yourself.

      I’m programmer, and like my co-workers usually say: “I’m in IT, I do not need to justify why I need a new PC” :)

      • Brady miaau

        I am also in IT. I have heard many people say the same thing.

      • mornelithe

        Well said, not only that, but when you start working, you also realize that one paycheck isn’t going to cover every single thing you’ve ever wanted in life. I wonder what people think when they see prices for Vacations to other countries, or cruises….complain about the price, I’m betting.

    • creative630

      GPU’s aren’t just used for gaming these days. There are many companies (like banks for example) accelerating normal programs with the aid of high end GPU clusters. Some companies can sure has hell afford 9k worth of graphics hardware.

    • creative630

      GPU’s aren’t just used for gaming these days. There are many companies (like banks for example) accelerating normal programs with the aid of high end GPU clusters. Some companies can sure has hell afford 9k worth of graphics hardware.

    • creative630

      GPU’s aren’t just used for gaming these days. There are many companies (like banks for example) accelerating normal programs with the aid of high end GPU clusters. Some companies can sure has hell afford 9k worth of graphics hardware.

    • creative630

      GPU’s aren’t just used for gaming these days. There are many companies (like banks for example) accelerating normal programs with the aid of high end GPU clusters. Some companies can sure has hell afford 9k worth of graphics hardware.

      • Brady miaau

        Engineers, for example, do modeling work. So yes.

        • creative630

          Sure I totally agree, but my point is that General Purpose GPU programming has become very popular to accelerate programs that have nothing to do with graphics/physics simulations/modelling. Graphics cards are so versatile these days that programmers are exploiting the speed gains from the highly parallel nature of GPU’s (instead of even multi-core CPU’s), for all programming purposes even database or financial software.

  • Anon A Mouse

    I truly can not phantom why ordinary game playing people will buy this. (Given I’m not doing PC gaming). What is your return on investment on a card like this? Is it truly going to be so much better than a card half its price for the purpose of gaming? Yes I’m a complete and utter n00b when it comes to hardware but really if this is what’s needed to be part of the “master race” then I’m glad I’m living in the platteland where things like this doesn’t matter.

    • Trevor Davies

      I’d guess it’s more for bragging rights. I paid much less than this for my entire PC 2 years ago & there’s still nothing that makes the old boy really break a sweat.

    • http://www.facebook.com/gustav.w.diedericks Gustav Willem Diedericks

      @Anon a mouse: it’s just bragging rights. This card will be worthless for current gen and even most next-gen game. It’s just too powerful and most features will remain unused for quite a while.

  • Trevor Davies

    Finally I can play Minesweeper with all the bells & whistles turned on

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