Nvidia’s absurdly powerful GeForce GTX Titan X graphics card was officially launched at GTC 2015 this morning. While its design and specifications had already been leaked, we now have a confirmed price tag. As you’d expect, the RRP is every bit as monstrous as the card itself.
$US999. That’s what punters in the US will pay for the GeForce GTX Titan X which hits stores today. While that’s certainly a lot to pay for a single-chip graphics card, it does fall roughly in line with Nvidia’s recent high-end output: both the GTX Titan and GTX Titan Black launched with identical RRPs. Australian pricing has yet to be announced but you can expect the usual markup of several hundred dollars. Phht.
The Titan X is being touted as the fastest single-GPU card on the market. Based on Nvidia’s 28nm GM200-400 Maxwell GPU, its sheer processing grunt is equivalent to two flagship GK110 cores from the previous generation. It comes with 12GB of GDDR5 VRAM, 3072 CUDA cores and eight billion transistors on a 602mm field. If you’re keen to wet your toes in 4K gaming, this is one of the best ways to go about it.
In a sign of Nvidia’s growing aspirations, the card is being pitched at researchers involved in deep learning in addition to hardcore gamers. During his GTC keynote, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang demonstrated the speed gains the GPU provides to deep structured learning. Training AlexNet took just five days with the Titan X compared to 43 with a 16-core Xeon CPU.
Keep an eye out for Gizmodo’s review, coming soon.