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Nvidia GTX Titan Z graphics cards are unleashed

by Mark Tyson on 28 May 2014, 15:30

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA), MSI, EVGA, ZOTAC

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The HEXUS news offices have just been hit by a salvo of press releases by Nvidia graphics card manufacturing partners - informing us that they are releasing, introducing and even unleashing their versions of the Nvidia Titan Z dual-GPU graphics card. The last thing we heard about the GTX Titan Z, following its launch in March, was that it was delayed.

So far we've heard from EVGA, MSI and ZOTAC but we are sure more cards will be on the way. First of all let's have a quick recap about what these cards will all have in common:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z (GK110B x2)

  • CUDA cores: 5,760 (2,880 per GPU)
  • Base Clock / Boost clock: 705MHz / 876 MHz
  • Memory: 12GB GDDR5 (6GB per GPU), 7GHz memory clock speed with 2 x 384 bit interface
  • TDP: 375W

Also remember Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang boasted that the above combination of graphics hardware would provide 8 TeraFLOPS of performance.

The delay news came with a suggestion that the Nvidia Titan Z was being subjected to last minute tweaks to help make its performance more of a headline grabber than its price tag. It still remains to be seen if this is the case, as we don't have any of these Titan Z cards available to us right now.

Looking at the EVGA, MSI and ZOTAC details we have been emailed it seems like MSI and ZOTAC have stuck pretty much to the reference spec as listed above, but EVGA has three varieties of GTX Titan Z on offer.

The EVGA GTX Titan Z 12G-P4-3990-KR is what you might call the vanilla card with core specs as above. However EVGA has also detailed the GTX TITAN Z Superclocked 12G-P4-3992-KR with a base clock of 732MHz and Boost Clock of 915MHz. EVGA also lists a GTX TITAN Z Hydro Copper 12G-P4-3999-KR model with a base clock of 758MHz and Boost Clock of 941MHz. Both these upgraded models keep the vanilla memory specs.

Are you looking for real-world performance figures for one of these so-far mythical GPU beasties? Then rest assured we will be putting one of these "supercomputer in a single graphics card" SKUs under pressure in the HEXUS labs soon.



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The last thing we heard about the GTX Titan Z, following its launch in March, was that it was delayed. We learnt of that delay on the day it was expected to be released by hardware partners - the 29th May.
My brain hurts. Today is the 28th May, how could you have learned of a delay tomorrow? And tomorrow is when it was expected to be released, but there was a delay so they're releasing them today?
yes, I should have written 29th April, thanks!
A pointless card if ive ever seen one o and way way way overpriced for its power
makavien478
A pointless card if ive ever seen one o and way way way overpriced for its power
pointless… not in my opinion, cuda based gpu rendering/code will love these, especially those with double precision floating point calculations as the titans support this.

overpriced… as a gaming card yes but as a cheap alternative to a tesla it's not. It's basically a cut down tesla in the same way a titan is, you're just not getting ‘cream of the crop’ (arguable there) chip and the same customer support from nvidia.

This is in essence 2x Tesla k40's (the titan z is just one) with half the ram and they sell at £4400 a piece….so you're going to save around £6000 assuming you can fit your work in the 6GB of memory.

I'd seriously consider having one myself at £2000 for a mitx 3d render node, but £2400 is a little too high for me. Also temps would likely be an issue in a mitx (even well ventilated ones) so maxwell would be a better fit :(
makavien478
A pointless card if ive ever seen one o and way way way overpriced for its power

What did you expect from nvidia?