Nvidia announces the world’s fastest video card. The company did not want to end 2017 without reinforcing that tradition: Titan V is the newest all-powerful GPU for PCs of the brand. And, well, it’s expensive, too expensive: you need to shell out $2,999 if you want to take a drive home.

The price is subject to discussion, but it is undeniable that Titan V even has a lot of firepower. Nvidia talks about the performance of up to 14.9 teraflops in single precision (FP32) and up to 110 teraflops in machine learning applications, capacity is nine times higher than that of the equally powerful Titan Xp, a board launched in April.

This ‘V’ in the name is a reference to the most notable feature of the model: the device is based on the Volta GV100 core, the same as the Tesla V100, a plate line specifically designed for artificial intelligence applications and which therefore can equip supercomputers, for example.

 

The Volta GV100 architecture is based on a 12-nanometer FFN fabrication process from TSMC. What matters most here is that we can find a chip with 21.1 billion transistors in a die of 815 millimeters square.

Other generous numbers are part of the package. We found 5,120 CUDA cores divided into six clusters, the frequency of 1,200 MHz (1,455 MHz in boost), 640 tensor cores (used in machine learning), 320 TMUs (units for texturing), as well as TDP of 250 W.

The Nvidia Titan V also comes with 12GB of HBM2 memory, an 850 MHz memory frequency, an interface of 3,072 bits and a speed of 1.7 Gb/s (gigabits per second). With all these specifications, the memory bandwidth reaches 652.8 GB/s (gigabytes per second). Other details include support for three DisplayPort ports and one HDMI.

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Note that this is not necessarily a heavy-duty video card, though nothing prevents you from using it for that purpose. The main goal here is to meet the increasing volume of processing directed to artificial intelligence applications. Taking that into account, the price of $2,999 is not bad enough, right?