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GeForce GTX Titan Z: Dual GK110 Makes 5,760 Core Monster

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 85 comments

This card features two GPUs and 12 GB of video memory.

This week during GTC 2014, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed a monster of a graphics card, the GeForce GTX Titan Z. This card features 5,760 CUDA cores, 12 GB of on-board frame buffer memory, and 8 TeraFLOPS of performance.

"If you're in desperate need for a supercomputer and you need one really close by and handy, and you want it to fit under your desk, we have just the friend for you," Huang said in his keynote.

The new Titan Z features two GK110 chips that are tuned to run at the same clock speed, and backed by dynamic power balancing so that the GPUs don't create a performance bottleneck. They're also engineered for multi-monitor gaming and 5K media.

"That performance is delivered in a card that is cool and quiet, rather than hot and loud," states Nvidia's blog on Monday. "Low-profile components and ducted baseplate channels minimize turbulence and improves acoustic quality."

Huang compared the new Titan Z to Google Brain, which features 1,000 servers packing 2,000 CPUs (16,000 cores), 600 kWatts and a hefty price tag of $5,000,000 USD. A solution using Titan Z would only need three GPU-accelerated servers with 12 Nvidia GPUs total.

In a demo, the company revealed simulation and graphics running simultaneously. Plankton illuminated the water, exposing a number of glowing jellyfish and an oncoming whale. Once the creature was completely visible in the scene, the whale jumped up out of the water and came crashing back down, causing believable ripples on the surface. What was really cool was to pan around the whale in mid splash in real time.

When the whale came reaching out of the water, it generated the waves simulation, their 2D grids, their 3D grids, their particle systems, their mist generators and foam generators, all of which was rendered in real time. As the whale landed, the weight pushed around a small raft. Very, very impressive stuff.

The GeForce GTX Titan Z currently has a meaty price tag of $2,999 USD. Additional information will be provided to the press at a later date.

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    DarkThunder777 , March 25, 2014 5:52 PM
    Chuck Norris uses this card to play Minesweeper
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    aaronmc , March 25, 2014 6:01 PM
    I'm confused by this. It appears to be a dual-GPU Titan, which isn't unexpected in itself, but it costs 50% more than two Titan cards. In all likelihood, two Titans will have a larger performance envelope than this card will, meaning that the only reason to buy this card will be to save space in a multi-card arrangement. Is it really worth $1000-$2000 to save some space? This argument seems even more pertinent when one considers that the target market for this card is probably CGI artists who want greater rendering capacity in their already-large desktops, and not gamers who want MOAR POWRZ!1! I'm not one to cast aspersions, but this seems like greed on Nvidia's part.
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    fil1p , March 25, 2014 6:54 PM
    Wow, $3000... costs as much as my entire setup. I was thinking it would be more along the lines of ~$2000. People will have to sell a kidney just to get one :p 
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    Queenslander , March 25, 2014 5:30 PM
    All hail the new king!
  • 4 Hide
    billgatez , March 25, 2014 5:37 PM
    I am getting sick of all the tards who think this is a gaming card and make fun of it price.
  • 4 Hide
    helper800 , March 25, 2014 5:38 PM
    I *might* have spent 1400-1600 for this card, not 3k...
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    DarkThunder777 , March 25, 2014 5:52 PM
    Chuck Norris uses this card to play Minesweeper
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    aaronmc , March 25, 2014 6:01 PM
    I'm confused by this. It appears to be a dual-GPU Titan, which isn't unexpected in itself, but it costs 50% more than two Titan cards. In all likelihood, two Titans will have a larger performance envelope than this card will, meaning that the only reason to buy this card will be to save space in a multi-card arrangement. Is it really worth $1000-$2000 to save some space? This argument seems even more pertinent when one considers that the target market for this card is probably CGI artists who want greater rendering capacity in their already-large desktops, and not gamers who want MOAR POWRZ!1! I'm not one to cast aspersions, but this seems like greed on Nvidia's part.
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    Stevemeister , March 25, 2014 6:01 PM
    Exploit bit-coin mining before the whole think collapses like a Ponzi scheme . . . :) 
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    MaxxBot , March 25, 2014 6:03 PM
    "I *might* have spent 1400-1600 for this card, not 3k..."I agree, it seems silly to price out the enthusiasts while most serious professionals are going to use the Tesla for ECC and other reasons. As someone who wants DP computing with decent price/performance I think I'll need to look to AMD eventually to get what I want.
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    tomfreak , March 25, 2014 6:12 PM
    2x TITAN black > this one.only idiot spend on this one.
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    knowom , March 25, 2014 6:29 PM
    Simpsons did it!
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    scabzy , March 25, 2014 6:43 PM
    Quote:
    I am getting sick of all the tards who think this is a gaming card and make fun of it price.
    wait, wait, wait this isnt a gaming card ? what is it then smarty?and dont say Pro, that would be stupid, because if it was they would have named it Quadro.luxury/collector ? that would be stupid too, it's a reference cooler, there is no added value on craftsmanship, and you cannot create a luxury item just by adding value out of thin air, Asus RoG is luxury collector, not this reference crap of a card with 2000$ inexistant Value.
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    fil1p , March 25, 2014 6:54 PM
    Wow, $3000... costs as much as my entire setup. I was thinking it would be more along the lines of ~$2000. People will have to sell a kidney just to get one :p 
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    ekagori , March 25, 2014 7:51 PM
    Current lite coin mining pricing aside, my wallet takes AMD's "hot and loud" over $3000 worth of "cool and quiet"
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    mapesdhs , March 25, 2014 8:48 PM
    Surely this is just 6GB per GPU? If so, then it's a 6GB card, not 12GB. Really
    getting tired of this marketing fluff of quoting RAM capacities of dual-GPU cards
    as being the sum of the RAM for each GPU. Doesn't work that way. Unless of
    course this is a different configuration entirely, like a single shared 12GB pool,
    but that's very unlikely (otherwise, the PR would have made a lot more noise
    about such a thing). As for those moaning about price, etc., it's not aimed at
    gamers, period, so please give it a rest. It's for solo-professionals and SMBs
    who can't afford Tesla but want something better for dp compute and large
    RAM. It still lacks various features of Tesla, but the appeal is obvious if you
    understand the market subtleties, which many here clearly don't.

    Ian.

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    blackjackedy , March 25, 2014 8:49 PM
    Quote:
    I am getting sick of all the tards who think this is a gaming card and make fun of it price.
    It's not that it's overpriced for a gaming card, it's that it makes no sense compared to buying two Titan blacks for $1000 less
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    mgilbert , March 25, 2014 9:15 PM
    By the time Adbook gets done with it, none of the games will be playable, because of constant, intrusive ads. This is a sad day for what was promising to be a great new technology. I hate Adbook, and no, I do not have an account.
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    mgilbert , March 25, 2014 9:15 PM
    By the time Adbook gets done with it, none of the games will be playable, because of constant, intrusive ads. This is a sad day for what was promising to be a great new technology. I hate Adbook, and no, I do not have an account.
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    maxiim , March 25, 2014 9:27 PM
    Just when I thought it wouldn't get silly....
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    nuvon , March 25, 2014 9:30 PM
    Yes, it is expensive, and I can't afford it. I would simply admire this card from the engineering perspective.
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