Nvidia pumps up Titan Xp for battle with Vega FE

AMD's Vega Frontier Edition cards didn't set new records for gaming performance, but the company's marketing team never said playing games was the Frontier Edition's mission. The cards did offer up compelling performance for their price point in certain professional workloads, and they could work with laptop computers using external graphics enclosures through AMD's XConnect feature. Nvidia is striking back on both fronts today with new drivers that claim a three-fold performance increase for Titan Xp cards in professional applications like Maya. The company is also making the Titan Xp and Quadro workstation graphics cards available in external graphics boxes.

Although Nvidia didn't say quite how it achieved its driver performance boosts or what applications will benefit, it seems like a fair bet that it's bringing some of the optimizations from its Quadro drivers into those for the Titan Xp. The newly-available optimizations appear to work for the Titan X Pascal, as well. Reddit user "brutuscat2" ran his own Specviewperf benchmarks on his personal Titan X Pascal and saw increases for 3DSMax, Catia, Creo, and other apps in the test suite.

Team Green also announced support for Titan X and Quadro graphics cards in external graphics enclosures. The press release didn't have a lot of specific information, but it did say that external Quadro graphics enclosures will need to come from qualified eGPU partners including Bizon, Sonnet, and One Stop Systems to maintain full certification and support. The prosumer Titan Xp and Titan X Pascal cards should already be usable in external graphics enclosures from Asus, HP, Powercolor, and Razer, among others.

Nvidia Titan Xp owners who want to experience performance increases in professional applications can head on over to Nvidia's GeForce driver download page. Nvidia says its partners will start shipping external Quadro graphics enclosures in September.

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    • tipoo
    • 2 years ago

    ” new drivers that claim a three-fold performance increase for Titan Xp cards in professional applications like Maya. ”

    So something was broken and hobbled performance to 1/3rds and is fixed now? Hah…But 3X isn’t squeezing optimization juice out, it’s probably where it was meant to be to start with.

    • Amien
    • 2 years ago

    I find it hard to believe that 3x performance can achieved by way of driver optimisations alone.

      • Voldenuit
      • 2 years ago

      Not “optimization” per se.

      The consumer cards are intentionally crippled in these apps to provide an incentive for professional users to buy the Quadros/Firepros.

      This is a simple “un-hobbling”.

        • Klimax
        • 2 years ago

        Crippled? If you mean just absence of optimizations then sure, otherwise evidence for crippling?

          • jihadjoe
          • 2 years ago

          Not implementing functions in the driver that the hardware is capable of, even though said functions already exist and are enabled in another product line that uses the same chip?

    • Air
    • 2 years ago

    The eGPU enclosure looks great: [url<]http://media.marketwire.com/attachments/201707/MOD-87939_QuadroeGPU.jpg[/url<] Its like a 'Founder's Edition Egpu Enclosure". Hopefully it gets released stand-alone someday. Most other cases I've seen are "gaming" monstrosities.

    • Voldenuit
    • 2 years ago

    What’s the intersection between users of prosumer cards and the professional applications that benefit from these driver gains?

    The aerospace (Catia) or civil (solidworks) engineers would be locked into Quadros/Firepros and the certified drivers for regulatory reasons. Not sure about medical users.

    Oil and Gas might benefit.

    Game developers and 3D modelers (3dsmax, Maya) don’t get a performance boost (or conversely, weren’t gimped to begin with).

    Financial sector would probably want the ECC RAM that’s on the Quadro P6000 instead of the Xp.

    So who, exactly, are the target market for these cards? Genuinely curious.

      • mcarson09
      • 2 years ago

      To be honest, diehard fan girls. The had to create the marketing buzz word prosumer just to sell these kinds of products/cards. The fact that Nvidia makes these cards themselves and prevents custom PCB designs shows that they only want to get the kind of person that doesn’t know how to spend their money wisely.

        • the
        • 2 years ago

        What marketing buzz did I create this time?

          • Redocbew
          • 2 years ago

          Dude, knock it off already. Seriously, what the hell.

      • Chrispy_
      • 2 years ago

      Aerospace and Civil engineers aren’t locked into Quadros/Firepros all the time. If there are regulatory reasons to pay silly money for the workstation cards, then you’ll have the final production model checked on a workstation with the certified drivers.

      You can bet your ass that a huge chunk of modelling happens on a Thinkpad’s IGP, and there’s no certified driver to speak of there….

        • Voldenuit
        • 2 years ago

        I’m in aerospace and all the design and stress engineers have Quadros. The managers don’t because they love their sexy slim ultrabooks, but then they never need to other than to ask the analysts to screengrab some sexy pictures for their pitch.

          • Chrispy_
          • 2 years ago

          That’s the choice made by their IT department but they’re not forced into it. Several of our civil guys just VPN to the office to get a software license from the pool, but they’re working at home on their completely random hardware half the time. I’ve seen Solidworks and Revit run absolutely fine on giant models with an HD 4600 IGP.

      • Krogoth
      • 2 years ago

      Hobbyists, students, and contractors who want to have near-Quadro/FirePro level hardware on hand without paying full Quadro/FirePro price tag.

      • rems
      • 2 years ago
    • shank15217
    • 2 years ago

    Oh look, the AMD effect is at it again! Nvidia certainly finds AMD a viable threat even if the fanboys don’t.

      • Leader952
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<]Q? Quadro performance but not the certified drivers or ecc. A: Yeah, that's why this move is basically nV telling AMD: "We can play this game too". [/quote<] [url<]https://www.reddit.com/r/nvidia/comments/6qtf9b/titan_x_pascal_benches_with_the_new_38512_driver/[/url<]

        • cynan
        • 2 years ago

        I think you have it backwards. The “game” is restricting driver optimizations from consumer/prosumer GPUs that provide substantial performance gains in the first place.

        • shank15217
        • 2 years ago

        Yea, what’s your point? Mine was to show that AMD just smashed Nvidia’s artificial product segmentation. Now you can chose what you want, a fast GPU or a fast GPU with ECC.

        • USAFTW
        • 2 years ago

        There goes VEGA FE’s value proposition.
        BUT, shouldn’t the Titan class card have these features enabled on day one and not as a reaction to AMD?
        I remember the selling point of original titan’s was their unlocked FP64 capability. After Titan X Maxwell, the Titans were nothing but overpriced x80 Ti cards.

          • renz496
          • 2 years ago

          the titan was not suppose to have this pro driver. even the original titan and titan black did not have one. some people look titan as cheap Quadro but in reality it was supposed to be cheap tesla not quadro. nvidia sells titan to promote GPGPU computing. it is mean for researcher or start up to build their solution around GPGPU ecosystem. but when they roll the real deal nvidia expect them to replace that titan with true tesla card.

          the kepler titan is about FP64. the maxwell titan did not have massive FP64 but from what i heard it’s FP16 is still useful for deep learning stuff. with pascal nvidia limit their FP16 performance pretty much in everything except for GP100. the titan pascal is about promoting INT 8 for inference. but it seems nvidia did not push INT 8 too much anymore because of tensor core. probably why 1080ti INT 8 performance did not being crippled making the feature exclusive to titan.

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