Nvidia Announces Volta-Based Titan V Graphics Card

The upcoming Volta architecture was planned for 2018, but Nvidia decided to show the first fruition of the new technology before the end of 2017. Meet the Nvidia Titan V, the first graphics card based on the upcoming Volta architecture that should debut in the mainstream segment during the first quarter of 2018. This beast of a card was announced yesterday at the annual NIPS (Neural Information Processing Systems) conference.

As you probably noticed, the card doesn’t come with GTX branding, and that’s because it isn’t a product aimed at the gaming community. The company wants for the Titan V to be used by scientists and researchers, and the card is optimized for AI and high-performance computing.

“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,” said Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang, continuing “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.”

That doesn’t mean you can’t buy it for games, since the card is available for purchase on Nvidia’s site for $2,999. That’s $1,800 more than the most expensive gaming graphics cards offered by Nvidia at the moment (the GTX Titan X and GTX Titan Xp) but at the same time $4,000 less than the cost of the Quadro GP100, the most expensive professional graphics card in Nvidia’s portfolio.

The new Volta architecture brings two times better energy efficiency compared to the current Pascal architecture (which is already superbly power efficient), along with the new Tensor Cores “designed specifically for deep learning.”

The card features 21.1 billion transistors and offers 110 teraflops of raw computing power (that’s 15 Tflops of FP32 Compute power, 4 more than the GTX Titan Xp and 5 more than the GTX Titan X). The card also comes with 12 gigabytes of HMB2 memory (one of the reasons for the huge price tag) that features an ultra wide 3072-bit memory interface (GTX Titan Xp features 12GB of 384-bit GDDR5X memory) that offers bandwidth of up to 653GB/s. The Titan Xp has a total bandwidth of 547GB/s.

The card is made in the 12nm production process, has 5120 CUDA cores along with 320 ROPs. Base clock is set at 1200 MHz with Boost clock driving the GPU up to 1455 MHz. The colossal, dual-slot, cooler is gold, and all that performance uses just 250W of power which is an amazing accomplishment for Nvidia, especially if we take into account that AMD’s latest Vega GPUs are incredibly thirsty for power with the liquid-cooled RX Vega 64 having a 350W TDP rating.

Although the Titan V isn’t aimed at gamers, the card shows just how the upcoming Volta architecture is powerful. It will be interesting to see what the company has on offer for the gaming market, but for that, we have to wait for the Q1 2018.

A psychologist turned freelance writer and reviewer, Goran is a hardcore gamer with more than twenty years of experience, and interested in all kinds of technology. He also likes Sci Fi novels and basketball.
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