Thought the GeForce GTX Titan was a tad excessive? Well, think again. At the GPU Technology Conference today, Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unwrapped the GeForce GTX Titan Z, a preposterously fast (and expensive) card featuring not one, but two GK110 graphics processors. Our own Scott Wasson was on the scene, but since he's marooned without Wi-Fi connectivity, allow me to do the honors.
The GeForce GTX Titan Z's GK110 GPUs are the same, full-fat chips featured in the new GTX Titan Black. That means the Titan Z has a total of 5,760 stream processors. Nvidia hasn't announced speeds yet, but it does say the dual GK110 GPUs are "tuned to run at the same clock speed." Oh, and the Titan Z has 12 gigs of RAM—you know, in case you need to drive a display array the size of Jupiter.
Interestingly, despite the powerful hardware under the hood, Nvidia claims it's managed to keep the Titan Z "cool and quiet." There's talk of "dynamic power balancing" and "low-profile components and ducted baseplate channels" in the company's announcement. More importantly, Scott says the Titan Z card Huang held up looked to have a triple-slot cooler. I'd imagine the extra heatsink surface area would help quite a bit with heat dissipation.
Nvidia expects to price the GeForce GTX Titan Z at $2,999, a cool 50% premium over the price of dual Titan Blacks. If this thing delivers, though, it could easily be the fastest single-card solution on the market—for gaming, at least.
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