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Nvidia Gives Away Beefed-Up 'Titan V CEO Edition' GPUs

Does anyone know the quickest way to become an AI researcher? We aren't particularly interested in helping create Skynet--or more likely training computers to display more relevant ads--but we wouldn't say no to the limited edition Titan V GPUs that Nvidia's CEO Jensen Huang gave away at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference in Salt Lake City. (Even though we know the legit AI researchers would put 'em to better use.)

The new Titan V CEO Edition is based on the Volta platform and features the Tensor Cores that Nvidia made specifically for AI research. You can probably guess how it got the CEO Edition moniker, but in case it isn't obvious, it's because Huang signed each of the GPUs he gave away at the Utah conference. But a signature is the only thing separating the Titan V CEO Edition from its unsigned counterparts--it boasts other changes as well.

The most obvious difference between the Titan V CEO Edition and the plain-ol' Titan V is that this new edition features 32GB of memory; its predecessor has 12GB. AnandTech learned that Nvidia also included with the new unit 128 render output units (ROPs) compared to the Titan V's 96, improved the memory bus width to 4,096 bits (from 3,072), and increased tensor performance to 125 TFLOPS from 110 TFLOPS.

Nvidia said it gave away 20 of the Titan V CEO Edition GPUs at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference. The company hasn't officially announced the Titan V CEO Edition for the retail market, but we also doubt it would make 20 units of a new Titan V just so Huang could give them away during an AI conference. We suspect the company will reveal a similarly specced product sometime in the future.

For now, though, it seems like Huang merely wanted to woo the researchers at this conference. He also attempted to win over the crowd with words:

“There’s all kinds of research being done here. As someone who benefits from your work, as a person who is going to enjoy the incredible research you guys do — solving some of the world’s grand challenges — and to be able to witness artificial intelligence happen in my lifetime, I want to thank all of you guys for that,” Huang said. “You guys bring me so much joy.”

You know what would bring us joy? Not being told at Computex that Nvidia's next-generation gaming GPUs would arrive "a long time from now." So if you'll excuse us, we're going to see if any of those sites that let you become an ordained minister over the Internet offer similar credentials in the AI field. Those pretty games shown off at E3 aren't going to run themselves. And we're reluctantly OK with summoning Skynet if it means we can play Cyberpunk 2077 at 4K and high refresh rates. Hopefully something like a "Titan V Regular Gamer Edition" is also in the works.

  • Giroro
    Oh, Nvidia -Gave- away the Titan V. Past tense.

    Meaning there is nothing for me to do here except wonder what a bunch of minimum wage call center employees, most of whom can no longer afford rent, are going to do with an AI focused graphics card. Because a solid 90% of the "silicon slopes" tech industry in Utah are just call centers that realized it's actually cheaper to operate in Utah than in India. And most of the remaining 10% is that giant NSA spy farm which was built to waste 1.2 Million gallons of water every day - which is particularly abusive considering Utah is a perpetually drought-ridden desert with very poor municipal infrastructure.

    So, actually yeah. That was probably a conference mostly for teaching the NSA how to make AI that can spy on American citizens faster as it literally sucks the local residents dry. That seems like exactly the kind of thing that would bring joy to the CEO of Nvidia.
    And that's totally not just me being jealous.
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  • grimfox
    "But a signature is the only thing separating the Titan V CEO Edition from its unsigned counterparts--it boasts other changes as well."

    Missing a negative in there.
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  • stasznyi.bogdan
    Are they giving away those V's because they had an affair with TI's cards ?
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  • King_V
    Yes, all very well and good . .

    But can it run Crysis?

    (Sorry, couldn't resist)
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  • kyotokid
    ...crikey, 32 GB, on a Titan? Are they insane? Do they remember the days when the Maxwell Titan-X was every bit as good as the Quadro M6000 (and even better for Iray Rendering)?

    OK here is shotgun, there is foot. aim and pull trigger.

    (oh and where can I get one?)
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  • bit_user
    This is just a rebadged Quadro GV100, possibly with two 8-pin connectors (instead of Titan V's 6 + 8) to supply the additional power needed to reach slightly higher clock speeds. Maybe they also disabled the NVLink2.

    https://www.nvidia.com/content/dam/en-zz/Solutions/design-visualization/documents/quadro-volta-gv100-us-nv-623049-r10-hr.pdf

    My take is that it's a publicity stunt which combines elements of Intel's i7-8086K SKU + giveaway, but at a much smaller scale.

    I don't expect them to start selling theses, or else the only reason for someone to buy a Quadro GV100 would be if they plan to buy and NVLink a pair.
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  • bit_user
    21078818 said:
    But can it run Crysis?

    (Sorry, couldn't resist)
    You should, but here:

    https://www.anandtech.com/show/12170/nvidia-titan-v-preview-titanomachy/8
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  • bit_user
    21076587 said:
    Oh, Nvidia -Gave- away the Titan V. Past tense.

    Meaning there is nothing for me to do here except wonder what a bunch of minimum wage call center employees, most of whom can no longer afford rent, are going to do with an AI focused graphics card.
    Dude, you have no clue.

    CVPR is the most prestigious academic conference on machine vision and image processing. Leading academics and industry players travel from around the world to attend. It's held in a different city, each year.

    http://cvpr2018.thecvf.com

    And these weren't given out at random, but as an award:
    Huang called up 12 teams of researchers and presented each with an NVIDIA Pioneer Award.

    The awards went to those who’ve used NVIDIA’s AI platform to support great work featured in papers accepted by CVPR and other leading academic conferences.


    What I don't understand is why - when something doesn't seem to add up - isn't your first instinct to click the link and read more? Because maybe what's messed up isn't reality, but just the understanding you inferred from a couple sentences in a short article?

    With the information so readily available, this feels a lot like willful ignorance. Either way, it's not good.
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  • thisisstipid008
    * At least there are Volta GPU's entering the market, not the gaming market yet...Game developers and even Unreal engine needs to re-write all their code to fit the newer ray-trace capable GPU's PS5 will have Navi which can race trace.
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  • King_V
    21083153 said:
    21078818 said:
    But can it run Crysis?

    (Sorry, couldn't resist)
    You should, but here:

    https://www.anandtech.com/show/12170/nvidia-titan-v-preview-titanomachy/8

    :lol: :lol:

    Damn, and here I thought I was being creative and original!

    Well, no, not really, but still...
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