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Nvidia’s Titan V GPU brings supercomputer chips to the PC

Zach Epstein
December 8th, 2017 at 7:45 AM
Nvidia Titan V

This isn’t the first time in recent history that Nvidia has unveiled the most powerful GPU on the market, but this time around the company has announced something truly incredible. Nvidia on Friday took the wraps off of its new Nvidia Titan V GPU, which uses the fabless chip maker’s Volta architecture to bring supercomputer chips to the PC.

Volta is the same architecture behind the chips that power Amazon Web Service’s new P3 instances and it’s now available for desktop computers… with a catch: the Titan V GPU is not a consumer product. It’s built for professionals and prices for professionals; the “most powerful PC GPU ever created” carries a hefty $2,999 price tag.

Let’s start with some specs, which those in the know will undoubtedly appreciate. Nvidia’s new Titan V GPU features 21.1 billion transistors that deliver up to 110 teraflops of performance. It packs 12GB of HBM2 memory, 640 Tensor Cores, and 5120 CUDA cores. The chip is designed to power AI and complex scientific simulations, offering as much as 9 times the performance of Nvidia’s previous-generation GPU.

Long story short, it’s a monster.

“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. “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.”

The new industry-leading GPU is being manufactured by TSMC, the world’s top chip fabricator. It uses 12-nanometer FFN high-performance process technology that has been customized for the Titan V. Nvidia says it also utilizes Volta’s 12GB HBM2 memory subsystem for advanced memory bandwidth utilization.

Here’s a promo video for Nvidia’s new Titan V GPU, which is available for purchase beginning immediately on Nvidia’s website:

Here are the full Nvidia Titan V specs:

  • Graphics Processing Clusters: 6
  • Streaming Multiprocessors: 80
  • CUDA Cores (single precision): 5,120
  • Texture Units: 320
  • Base Clock (MHz): 1200 MHz
  • Boost Clock (MHz): 1455 MHz
  • Memory Clock: 850 MHz
  • Memory Data Rate: 1.7 Gbps
  • L2 Cache Size: 4608K
  • Total Video Memory: 12288 MB HBM2
  • Memory Interface: 3072-bit
  • Total Memory Bandwidth: 652.8 GB/s
  • Texture Rate (Bilinear): 384 GigaTexels/sec
  • Fabrication Process: 12 nm
  • Transistor Count: 21.1 Billion
  • Connectors: 3 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI
  • Form Factor: Dual Slot
  • Power Connectors: One 6-pin, One 8-pin
  • Recommended Power Supply: 600 Watts
  • Thermal Design Power (TDP): 250 Watts
  • Thermal Threshold: 91° C
Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than 15 years, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications in the US and around the world. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.

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