Nvidia’s Pascal-powered Titan X goes on sale today for $1200

As it promised a week and change ago, Nvidia officially made its Pascal-powered Titan X available today. Don't confuse this card with the Maxwell GeForce GTX Titan X—this card's official name is just the Nvidia Titan X. As of this writing, the card is in stock on Nvidia's online store for $1200, and it's possible to buy a pair of these babies should you want to team them together in SLI. That money buys a chip that we're guessing is called GP102, and it packs 3584 stream processors running at 1417MHz base and 1531MHz boost speeds. GP102 talks to 12GB of GDDR5X RAM running at 10 GT/s over a 384-bit bus, and Nvidia claims it can deliver 11 TFLOPS of single-precision throughput.

Nvidia still isn't sharing all of the details of the GP102 GPU, but here are some of our best guesses about its resource provisions, going by the performance figures that Nvidia has publicly released.

  ROP

pixels/

clock

Texels

filtered/

clock

(int/fp16)

Shader

processors

Rasterized

triangles/

clock

Memory

interface

width (bits)

Estimated

transistor

count

(Millions)

Die size

(mm²)

Fab

process

GM204 64 128/128 2048 4 256 5200 416 (398) 28 nm
GP104 64 160/160 2560 4 256 7200 314 16 nm
GP102? 96? 224/224? 3584 6? 384 ??? ??? 16 nm
GM200 96 192/192 3072 6 384 8000 601 28 nm
Hawaii 64 176/88 2816 4 512 6200 438 28 nm
Fiji 64 256/128 4096 4 4096 8900 596 28 nm

Although this Titan X is undoubtedly the fastest single-GPU graphics card around, Nvidia apparently didn't sample many units (if any) of its latest halo product to the hardware press, so we don't have a great picture of just how the card performs yet. PCWorld got its hands on a Falcon Northwest PC with a pair of Titan X cards inside, and its preliminary results suggest that setup delivers a 3DMark Fire Strike Ultra score of 11,886, while a pair of GTX 1080s in SLI scored 10,442. The site is still working on single-card testing.

Should you be lucky enough to have put down a grand and change on a new Titan X, Nvidia has a WHQL driver available that supports the new card. Keep the 369.05 drivers handy for the day when your card arrives. These drivers add support for the new Titan X, and that's the sole change in the release.

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    • bhappy
    • 3 years ago

    Will AMD ever compete in the high end GPU market again, does it even make any sense for them to try? Personally I wouldn’t be too surprised if Vega only offers 1080 gtx level performance when its finally released and it’s looking more and more like history will repeat itself with AMD effectively eliminated from the high end CPU/GPU markets.

      • mesyn191
      • 3 years ago

      1080GTX level performance would be high end doofus.

      And $1200 GPU’s are super niche. Actually 1080GTX level GPU’s are already super niche so that makes something like the TitanX mostly a marketing stunt at this point for NV to say ‘we’re the best!’.

        • bhappy
        • 3 years ago

        Mad and calling names already? You should learn how to read properly first as your comprehension skills are pretty poor to say the least. I asked a question and suggested that AMD will be effectively eliminated from the high end GPU market just like they have been from the high end CPU market, how soon? I’m not 100% exactly sure but it sure looks like its headed that way.

          • mesyn191
          • 3 years ago

          Not mad and ‘doofus’ is barely name calling. Especially for the internet.

          And the point I was making was that your ‘question’ is unreasonable from at least a couple different perspectives (ie. price + super low volume stunt part).

          The ‘just asking questions’ schtick became a played out meme years ago BTW.

            • bhappy
            • 3 years ago

            If you weren’t mad then why do you resort so quickly to name calling, unless you’re just another sad individual on the internet who feels the need to immediately hurl insults at random people to make themselves feel better? You obviously don’t know what a rhetorical question is and no it doesn’t mean ‘just asking questions’ perhaps if you had learned how to read properly and use a dictionary your comprehension skills wouldn’t be so poor.

            • mesyn191
            • 3 years ago

            Because its a godawful ‘question’ for reasons already given.

            There has been no indication on my part that misunderstood you at all either.

    • Kretschmer
    • 3 years ago

    Guys, we know that this card isn’t a price/performance leader; you don’t need to point that out. It’s for people who are willing to SPEND on their gaming hobby, and $1,200 is barely a blip compared to more expensive passions (car racing, equestrians, et cetera).

      • ptsant
      • 3 years ago

      I like bikes. If I spend $3000 on a bike, it will still be a nice bike 5 years later. If however I spend $1200 on the Titan, people will laugh at me 9 months later when 1080Ti or Vega come out and 5 years later I will have to give it for free to my nephew. If it works after 5 years.

      This is a fundamental problem with electronics. They don’t age well. It’s probably more accurate to see the Titan as a “service”. You pay 100 per month for 1 year of having the best in gaming, then buy the next one. I wouldn’t do that, but it’s probably closer to the truth when you consider deprecation of its value.

    • USAFTW
    • 3 years ago

    Just a heads up, pcperspective has a review of this thing up right now.
    Edit: It seems even 1200 smackers won’t buy you a fully enabled GP102.

    • Chrispy_
    • 3 years ago

    The Geforce GTX Titan X, commonly called “Titan X” by everyone including Jen-Hsun Huang.

    Now, the new Titan X, commonly called
    [i<]"The New Titan X from 2016 Not The Old 900-Series One Because That's Completely Different Also Not The Vanilla Titan Without An X Because That Is Also Completely Different"[/i<] I look forward to the ebay scammers taking advantage of this potential confusion.

    • ptsant
    • 3 years ago

    I’m a bit confused with the double-precision floating point performance. The point of this card, like the Radeon “Pro”, is that it is directed to “prosumers”, ie people who can’t afford the Tesla/Quadro variants but may want to run some apps on the card, not just games.

    Is there any additional benefit, other than raw performance, that would make this card a good buy compared with the 1080, for example? Are there “pro” drivers or an extended guarantee or optimizations for specific apps (like deep neural networks) that would give an additional advantage?

      • Krogoth
      • 3 years ago

      Titans have always been “Quadro/Telsa” rejects.

      It looks like Kepler-based Titans were nothing more than happy accidents for GPGPU enthusiasts. It looks like Nvidia doesn’t want their undercut their Quadro/Telsa line-up and is intentionally crippling DP performance on Pascal Titans.

      The only benefit from this card is that is the a full GP102 chip and a “1080Ti” will have a block disabled and offer less VRAM (8GiB).

      The point of this card is having the fastest gaming GPU on the market if cost is no object.

        • f0d
        • 3 years ago

        [quote<]It looks like Nvidia doesn't want their undercut their Quadro/Telsa line-up and is intentionally crippling DP performance on Pascal Titans[/quote<] im fairly sure titan has the same DP performance as quadro's which is 1/32 [quote<]The only benefit from this card is that is the a full GP102 chip and a "1080Ti" will have a block disabled and offer less VRAM (8GiB).[/quote<] the GP102 titan isnt even the full chip the GP102 quadro has 3840 shaders vs titans 3583

          • Ushio01
          • 3 years ago

          Different chip the Tesla P100 uses the GP100 while the GP102 used in the Titan X is 130mm2 smaller and loses all the DP units.

            • f0d
            • 3 years ago

            tesla yes different chip i never said it wasnt
            i said
            [quote<]im fairly sure titan has the same DP performance as quadro's which is 1/32 the GP102 titan isnt even the full chip the GP102 quadro has 3840 shaders vs titans 3583 either way GP102 in titan is 3583 shaders and the GP102 in quadro is 3840 shaders and they are both 1/32 DP[/quote<] no mention of tesla there the titan isnt the full GP102 and it has the same 1/32 DP as quadro

        • ptsant
        • 3 years ago

        From what I managed to find out, this card has the special “deep neural network” INT8 extensions (which are exclusive to nVidia) and would probably be very interesting for researchers, who usually don’t have the deepest pockets and AI hobbyists (if this kind of hobby exists). I don’t see any other application where it would fit the “prosumer” description. The other people will have to pay for Tesla or Quadro.

        • stefem
        • 3 years ago

        NVIDIA hasn’t crippled anything, like in GP104 and GP106 every SM has just 4 fp64 ALU and 1 fp16 ALU.

    • yogibbear
    • 3 years ago

    Considering the 1080FTW cost me $1280 AUD (@MSRP), this would probably cost me $2.5k even if I waited another 3 months.

    • CScottG
    • 3 years ago

    ..annnnnnd – Out of Stock.

    (The “annnnnnd” is an exaggeration, it really didn’t take that long to sell-out.)

    Looks like pricing on E(p)ay wants close to $1900.

    -damn, should’ve bought one and scalped the sucker..

    • albundy
    • 3 years ago

    because. it’s really worth it!

    • anotherengineer
    • 3 years ago

    Not trying to hi-jack a thread or anything, but has anyone seen this rumor?
    [url<]https://www.techpowerup.com/224523/amd-polaris-11-baffin-asic-pictured-up-close[/url<] Says Made in Taiwan on the silicon?!?!! Possible this got fabbed at TSMC??

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      The silicon is not made in Taiwan any more than this 4770K is made in a non-existent Intel fab in Malaysia: [url<]http://www.guru3d.com/index.php?ct=articles&action=file&id=4016[/url<] The packaged device and the card, however, could be Taiwan.

        • anotherengineer
        • 3 years ago

        I thought so too.

        Just odd the rx480 silicon is black with nothing on it. One would think the 470 and 460 silicon would also be black with nothing on it, unless it’s just a case of more photo-shopped photos.

    • smilingcrow
    • 3 years ago

    Are the people surprised that a high-end low-volume part is poor value for money really dumb or just feigning it?
    Don’t you realise that the design costs per unit are much higher and that the yields for big chips are worse so the cost per die area is higher as well?
    BMWs, Porsches and Ferraris are also poor value compared to basic sports cars so do you moan about those as well?
    What a bunch of Berks.

    • Laykun
    • 3 years ago

    Come oooon 1080 Ti.

    • f0d
    • 3 years ago

    its funny seeing the comments about how its not a good product for the price or that the price/performance is bad

    titan was never meant to be for buyers who care about price/performance it was meant for people who care about performance and dont care about the price, if you want price/performance get an RX480, if you want the fastest graphics card possible then get a titan

      • bfar
      • 3 years ago

      Let’s put it this way, it’s a great product with an awful price. The elephant in the room here is the missing competition. There’s no way this product would be positioned the way it is if a competitor were delivering something that performed in the same league.

        • ImSpartacus
        • 3 years ago

        Judging from a gaming consumer perspective, the Titans have always been a terrible value.

        But yes, there’s no such thing as a bad product, only a bad price (I think Anand shimpi said that – a favorite quote mine).

        Once big Vega is close, Nvidia will probably ruin AMD’s day with a price-competitive GP102-based 1080 Ti a la 980 Ti releasing two weeks prior to fury x. Amd just can’t catch a break.

        • OneShotOneKill
        • 3 years ago

        RX 490 that performs at 90% level of the Titan with a $400 to $499 price tag. There AMD do it!

      • beck2448
      • 3 years ago

      [url<]http://www.hardwarecanucks.com/forum/hardware-canucks-reviews/73148-nvidia-titan-x-12gb-performance-review-18.html[/url<] 35% faster than 1080 before over clocking. Impressive.

        • OneShotOneKill
        • 3 years ago

        Ouch… that puts AMD at least 2 generations behind on the top of the line front.

    • TwoEars
    • 3 years ago

    I’ll probably be buying that chip… with an aftermarket cooler when the 1080 Ti comes out. I’m guessing sometime before x-mas.

    • JosiahBradley
    • 3 years ago

    More like Titan Y

      • TwoEars
      • 3 years ago

      Followed by the Titan Z… which was already released!

      They should have just called it Titan P for Pascal… followed by Titan V for Volta. Both would have been cool and logical names.

    • maroon1
    • 3 years ago

    Some 4K benchmarks
    [url<]http://www.gamestar.de/hardware/grafikkarten/nvidia-titan-x/news-artikel/nvidia_titan_x,1010,3276621.html[/url<] When you compare stock Titan X to stock GTX 1080, titan X is 36% faster in witcher 3 25% faster in rise of tomb raider 34% faster in Far cry primal

      • Pwnstar
      • 3 years ago

      All that for a 70% increase in price. What a deal.

        • travbrad
        • 3 years ago

        Of course these Titan cards are never a good deal from a price/performance standpoint, but I don’t think people buying $1200 graphics cards really care about the price at all. It’s just about having the best card and having it before anyone else (otherwise you’d wait for the inevitable 1080Ti).

    • OneShotOneKill
    • 3 years ago

    Pointless card.

      • Longsdivision
      • 3 years ago

      Its cool, I guess you’re not a sports car kind of person.

        • OneShotOneKill
        • 3 years ago

        Maybe a value sports car… Vette

      • Leader952
      • 3 years ago

      Yet sells out – go figure

        • OneShotOneKill
        • 3 years ago

        Who buys these things?

    • swaaye
    • 3 years ago

    Don’t they use HBM2 for this chip in the pro configuration?

      • chuckula
      • 3 years ago

      If this was a cut down version of the GP100 silicon then it would, but GP102 is a larger version of GP104 and is designed for GDDR5X.

        • swaaye
        • 3 years ago

        Oh I thought it was GP100 or a revision of that. I’m surprised they have another chip in between GP104 and GP100. I imagine there will be a Super Titan or some such eventually then.

          • chuckula
          • 3 years ago

          Yeah, this chip can pretty much be summed up as: Take a GP-104 and make it 50% bigger. However, it doesn’t have the HBM interfaces or the strong 64-bit hardware from GP100.

          The Titan X (2.0) products are not quite 50% bigger in practice because Nvidia disabled a few of the cores and is clocking the cards somewhat lower than the GTX-1080 parts.

    • Pitabred
    • 3 years ago

    Double the price for less than 50% more on the spec sheets, which is not even reflected in the preliminary testing… maybe for game developers or businesses that need the absolute most powerful system for some reason, but it’s terrible value for the dollar.

      • Airmantharp
      • 3 years ago

      That’s what I’m seeing- there’s just not enough extra oomph in this part versus the 1080 as there was in the 980/980TI pair.

      That, and your use cases are really stretching it. What would need this? Fictional 4k120Hz gaming?

        • Waco
        • 3 years ago

        4K 60 Hz is hard enough with modern hardware. My Maxwell Titan X is not enough without sacrificing settings much of the time…

    • chuckula
    • 3 years ago

    Doing Chuckula’s usual pixel-counting magic using [url=http://cdn.videocardz.com/1/2016/08/NVIDIA-Titan-X_Official_PCB.jpg<]this picture[/url<] and the known package size (14mm x 10mm) for GDDR5x chips as a guide I have an estimated die size of about 482mm^2 for that GP102 silicon. [Edit: and of course a straight 50% scaling of the 314mm^2 GP-104 would be 471mm^2, so it seems to be a reasonable estimate]

      • AnotherReader
      • 3 years ago

      Good estimate. Anandtech reports [url=http://www.anandtech.com/show/10510/nvidia-announces-nvidia-titan-x-video-card-1200-available-august-2nd<]471 mm[super<]2[/super<][/url<].

    • Anovoca
    • 3 years ago

    I’ll be sure to pick one of these up just as soon as my thoroughbred unicorn wins the Kentucky Derby.

      • Ninjitsu
      • 3 years ago

      feed it eridium and it’ll fart rainbows

        • Srsly_Bro
        • 3 years ago

        And really crappy weapons..

          • Krogoth
          • 3 years ago

          with a vanishing chance of a dropping legendary.

    • Srsly_Bro
    • 3 years ago

    OMG WTF NO REVIEW YET???*

    *Totally not srs for those who may be confused.

    This card is the silliest thing ever, in price and name. After checking out the PCWorld link, the cards in some benches aren’t much faster than a pair of 1080s. Further, the author states a pair of NEW Titan Xs isn’t the greatest value for someone who’s primary purpose is gaming. He must not have recalled that DoublePrecision was ripped out of Maxwell and Maxwell 2.0 (Pascal). The SinglePrecision numbers seem impressive, but the NEW Titan X is not a compute card.

      • drfish
      • 3 years ago

      I could understand a compute focused new-Titan X at $1,200+. That would leave room for a 1080 Ti at $999 or something – but this – it’s just crazy.

      [i<]Edit: And that's coming from the owner of a 980 Ti.[/i<]

    • Anovoca
    • 3 years ago

    Neat

    • derFunkenstein
    • 3 years ago

    /breaks piggy bank
    /counts all the pennies
    /cries

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 3 years ago

      When nothing is left to break, you break down and cry. I would have liked to see the steps numbered with a huge first step. lol +1

      • Anovoca
      • 3 years ago

      Don’t forget the calculate in that $30 in settlement money that will come your way from the 970.

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        Oh, yes, that makes all the difference. LOL

      • anotherengineer
      • 3 years ago

      I don’t have $1770 canuck dollars in my bank account let alone piggy bank for that thing lol

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