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Report: Nvidia GTX Titan-Z to Hit Retail April 29

By - Source: Hermitage Akihabara, TechPowerUp | B 38 comments

The Nvidia GeForce GTX Titan-Z is a monstrous graphics card that is expected to carry a monstrous price tag of $2999 in the US. Unfortunately, that price excludes taxes, which will make the final cost for the unit even higher. A report on the Japanese website Hermitage Akihabara indicates that the card might cost about 400,000¥ there including taxes. At the time of writing this translates to a devastating $3907.

For European customers we often find that the US price excluding taxes is what Europeans pay including taxes, meaning that Europeans will have to part ways from approximately €2999 for the card. This translates to about $4150 incl VAT. This is often a worst-case scenario, though. The card is reportedly going to make its arrival to retail on April 29, so we'll find out for sure in just a few days.

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    c123456 , April 24, 2014 9:15 AM
    Might want to fix the currencies in this article.
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    gsxrme , April 24, 2014 9:23 AM
    Proof Read!? na...
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    Quarkzquarkz , April 24, 2014 9:24 AM
    so in other words, the GTX 690 is still better? =(
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    wysiwygbill , April 24, 2014 9:31 AM
    I wonder what the profit margin is for these. Hopefully, pricing the high end "consumer" cards to be affordable only to the upper class isn't a trend.
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    sunflier , April 24, 2014 9:42 AM
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    The card is reportedly going to make its arrival to retail on April 29...


    How convenient for those getting back tax refunds right about now/then.
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    SpadeM , April 24, 2014 9:45 AM
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    Might want to fix the currencies in this article.


    Yeah, they don't seem to understand how prices in Europe work.
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    NightLight , April 24, 2014 9:52 AM
    we have 21% taxes here in Belgium. So 2999$ = 2169,57€ + 21% = 2625.18€ all inclusive wich is 3628,79$. This card will not sell here, the max for a graphics card should always be about 700€. (about 970$)
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    Vlad Rose , April 24, 2014 9:53 AM
    OMG, is Nvidia that crazy to try and charge that much for an enthusiast video card??? At that price I'd much rather use it for something more practical, like a down payment for a nice car or a house. I'm sure there will be some fools with more money than brains though...
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    kristoffe , April 24, 2014 9:54 AM
    This is a complete waste of money. If you're a pro, why not go Tesla or K series instead of this bloated double float gaming card? And then they purposefully disable double power on the gaming cards (600x on, 500x was great). I laughed in NVidia's face at SIGGRAPH 2012 at the show and their parties for doing that. Pros would never desaturate the T or K market, only enthusiasts would have a small bridge to learn on.

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    N.Broekhuijsen , April 24, 2014 10:10 AM
    Not that it is relevant at all, but I actually live in Europe. The Netherlands to be precise.

    Now, while I agree that the price for Europe will probably end up landing somewhere around the €2600 - €2700 mark after a few days/weeks, initial prices are almost always the USD number with a Euro symbol in front of it. The R9 295X2 for example, is available right now for pre-order for about €1499 here (incl VAT), and its US MSRP is $1499 (Excl VAT).
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    soccerdude84 , April 24, 2014 10:19 AM
    3000 effin dollars

    1 fan
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    sugetsu , April 24, 2014 10:33 AM
    This is why I dislike Nvidia so much. They might make good products, but they always seek ways to exploit their fans for the profit sake alone. Take the 780ti for example, they could have released it instead of the 780 but they chose to hold back and charge $700 for the 780 instead, because AMD didn't have any competing products at the time. They also love to come up with ways to corner the market with proprietary tech. This new Titan Z is so under powered and so overpriced it is insulting. Nvidia is all about the bottom line $$$. Nvidia = Apple.
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    wiyosaya , April 24, 2014 10:42 AM
    For me, this is far out of my price range. I agree with kristoffe.Pros will go for a tesla or a quadro - especially since it was more than pointed out in the recent "pro card" review that "consumer" card support in the pro software region is minimal.

    I can't see this card selling much even in the US. My bet is that NVidia is testing the waters in the consumer market to see if there is enough of a market for them to justify selling a high-powered, double-precision compute card at this outrageous price, especially when double-precision power used to come built-in. We'll see, but I have to say that I hope this fails.

    With the recent hacks that turn consumer cards into "pro" cards, I have to say that NOTHING has changed in between the pro and consumer worlds. It is the same silicon, but masked by a resistor or a ground instead of a positive voltage.

    And having worked in the pro RIP industry, I highly doubt that the drivers are as optimized as all the folks at various review sites think. The software I worked on was sold complete - the only difference was that you had to buy a key to activate features - for which the company I worked for charged a premium.

    This is what I hate about this kind of card. It is pure marketing BS, and people who fall for it perpetuate this business model.
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    warezme , April 24, 2014 12:00 PM
    A ridiculous overpriced card with a GPU chip that will be obsolete the minute you buy it because it isn't based on maxwell. I pity the fools that buy this. For once, Mr. T was right.
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    Bondfc11 , April 24, 2014 12:45 PM
    But it's pretty. Really pretty. Doesn't that count for something?

    And like every supermodel on the planet - way outta my league.
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    renz496 , April 24, 2014 1:10 PM
    Quote:
    This is why I dislike Nvidia so much. They might make good products, but they always seek ways to exploit their fans for the profit sake alone. Take the 780ti for example, they could have released it instead of the 780 but they chose to hold back and charge $700 for the 780 instead, because AMD didn't have any competing products at the time. They also love to come up with ways to corner the market with proprietary tech. This new Titan Z is so under powered and so overpriced it is insulting. Nvidia is all about the bottom line $$$. Nvidia = Apple.


    of course they care so much about their bottom line. they are profit making company after all.
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    shogunofharlom , April 24, 2014 1:46 PM
    Everyone here knows they would piss their pants if this card showed up on their doorstep. Most of us COULD max out our credit card and buy this card, but the question is ... what would I do with it? My GTX 470 still plays all my games at 1080p @ 40-60 frames. Buying this card would be like buying a piece of art or a classic car. I dont need it, it just looks cool. We are the only species on the planet who appreciates things because they exist and not cause we need them. It is apart of our humanity and it is healthy in moderation.
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    BranFlake5 , April 24, 2014 2:28 PM
    This should be a $2k card.

    690-Basically 2 680's
    Costs $1000, 1 680 costs $500 (Time of release)

    Titan Z-Basically 2 Titan Blacks
    Costs $3000, 1 Titan costs $1000

    It doesn't translate well in price to me. You could buy 3 Titans and pay the same amount for ~25-35% more performance.

    Nvidia will drop the price on this...or they won't sell any. It's worth ~$2000-2200
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    spentshells , April 24, 2014 2:39 PM
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    This is a complete waste of money. If you're a pro, why not go Tesla or K series instead of this bloated double float gaming card? And then they purposefully disable double power on the gaming cards (600x on, 500x was great). I laughed in NVidia's face at SIGGRAPH 2012 at the show and their parties for doing that. Pros would never desaturate the T or K market, only enthusiasts would have a small bridge to learn on.


    Quote:
    This is a complete waste of money. If you're a pro, why not go Tesla or K series instead of this bloated double float gaming card? And then they purposefully disable double power on the gaming cards (600x on, 500x was great). I laughed in NVidia's face at SIGGRAPH 2012 at the show and their parties for doing that. Pros would never desaturate the T or K market, only enthusiasts would have a small bridge to learn on.



    I think you should look at the price on the Tesla or k series equivalent.... you'll see why
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    Vlad Rose , April 24, 2014 2:55 PM
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    Everyone here knows they would piss their pants if this card showed up on their doorstep. Most of us COULD max out our credit card and buy this card, but the question is ... what would I do with it? My GTX 470 still plays all my games at 1080p @ 40-60 frames. Buying this card would be like buying a piece of art or a classic car. I dont need it, it just looks cool. We are the only species on the planet who appreciates things because they exist and not cause we need them. It is apart of our humanity and it is healthy in moderation.


    If this showed up on my doorstep for free, I'd turn around and sell it right away.... lol
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