NVIDIA has officially announced its new Titan V graphics processing unit (GPU), boasting that it's "the most powerful PC GPU ever created."
While the company has made similar claims with several other products so far, the new NVIDIA Titan V seems to rise up to the challenge. Those who would like to get their hands on it, however, have to be prepared to shell out quite a lot of money.
NVIDIA Titan V GPU
The NVIDIA Titan V is undoubtedly powerful and fierce, arriving to be the company's very first Volta-based consumer-grade GPU. Not all consumers might afford the hefty $2,999 price tag of the NVIDIA Titan V, but the GPU is nonetheless labeled as consumer-grade.
"NVIDIA TITAN V has the power of 12 GB HBM2 memory and 640 Tensor Cores, delivering 110 TeraFLOPS of performance," says NVIDIA, touting groundbreaking capability. "Plus, it features Volta-optimized NVIDIA CUDA for maximum results."
With 21.1 billion transistors 110 teraflops of performance, 5120 CUDA cores, 640 tensor cores, and 12 GB of HMB2 memory, the Titan V does indeed seem more than ready to deliver a beastly performance focused on artificial intelligence and scientific stimulation processing. The new tensor cores of the Titan V can reportedly deliver a deep-learning performance nine times greater than that of its predecessor.
Built For Groundbreaking Work
NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang showed off the sleek Titan V GPU at the 2017 Neural Information Processing Systems conference and the GPU is already available for sale, just seven months after NVIDIA's new Volta architecture made its debut with the GV100 GPU packed onto the Tesla V100 accelerator. The NVIDIA Titan V sports a gold and black finish, promising groundbreaking power in a sleek design.
"What NVIDIA is all about is building tools that advance computing, so we can do things that would otherwise be impossible," Huang told the crowd at the conference. "Our ultimate purpose is to build computing platforms that allow you to do groundbreaking work."
NVIDIA Volta Power
With Volta, NVIDIA aimed to take AI and high-performance computing to the next level, pushing the envelope on what it can do with processor links, architecture, instruction, memory architecture, and numerical formats. The NVIDIA Titan V now makes Volta more accessible, paving the way to more discoveries and advancements.
NVIDIA makes no mention of when Volta might be available in more affordable GPUs focused on gaming, but it might take a good while. For now, the Titan V marks a major milestone. It costs NVIDIA significantly more to produce Volta GPUs than Pascal ones, so Pascal-based GPUs will likely continue to be the main drivers for the foreseeable future.
The $2,999 Titan V is now available for purchase from NVIDIA, with a limit of two units per customer.