Nvidia announced a number of things at its event in Montreal today, and Scott live blogged them all. One of the big reveals was that of the GeForce GTX 780 Ti, a “new high-end enthusiast GPU” scheduled for a mid-November retail release.
Few specifics were discussed during the keynote, but Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang described the card using a panoply of adjectives. The GTX 780 Ti delivers “outstanding” performance and “low” power, he said. It’s “cool, quiet, and fast.” And, according to Huang, it’s the “best GPU that’s ever been built.”
That last part suggests the GTX 780 Ti will be faster than the GeForce GTX Titan, the current flagship of Nvidia’s desktop armada. One can imagine how that would be the case.
If you’ll recall, the GTX Titan features a version of Nvidia’s GK110 graphics processor with one of its 15 SMX units disabled. That means it has 2688 shader ALUs out of a possible 2880, and it filters 224 texels per clock out of a possible 240. All Nvidia has to do to make a faster product is to enable that last SMX. The company could conceivably raise clock speeds, as well, but it could forgo that step and still have a new, faster-than-ever top of the line.
Nvidia said reviewers will receive GTX 780 Ti samples “soon.” So, when the time comes, you can probably look forward to a TR review full of graphs, scatter plots, and snarky prose. Unless Scott has a nervous breakdown from all these recent launches.