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Alleged Nvidia GTX Titan X pricing surfaces

by Ryan Martin on 21 January 2015, 14:30

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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The first pictures of an ultra-high-end Maxwell GM200-based graphics card, shown above, emerged just a couple of days ago courtesy of a leak in China. GM200 is expected to be the successor to the Kepler GK110 GPU that formed previous-generation GTX Titan and GTX 780 (Ti) cards.

The new GM200 chip, based on Nvidia's latest Maxwell graphics microarchitecture, is estimated to provide up to 3,072 CUDA cores (24 SMs) paired with 12GB of GDDR5 memory across a 384-bit interface. Said chip could form the basis of the much-discussed GTX Titan X graphics card, as well as the enterprise-grade Quadro M6000.

A noteworthy point of caution is that the aforementioned specifications are the maximum capabilities of the GM200 chip. Given the prosumer-orientation of the GTX Titan series the GTX Titan X may come with a reduced quantity of VRAM and CUDA cores compared to the full-fat Quadro counterparts. Such a move would also give Nvidia potential to release a faster GTX Titan revision in the future based on the same GM200 GPU.

A new source in China suggests pricing of the GTX Titan X will be an eye-watering $1,349, given Nvidia's recent pricing strategy this number doesn't seem unfeasible. For those who can recall Nvidia's GTX Titan and GTX Titan Black both hit the market with MSRPs of $999 while the dual-GPU GTX Titan Z commanded a $3,000 price tag.

The exact release date is not yet known but previous reports suggest we should see a new GTX Titan product in February given Nvidia's past trend for releasing single-GPU GTX Titan SKUs in that month. The first GTX Titan was released in February 2013 followed by the GTX Titan Black in February 2014.



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Another overpriced card.
Well in terms of gaming it is overpriced but if you are looking at the studios and most video professionals for them it won't be that much of a price if it gets the most job done for them.
abychristy
Well in terms of gaming it is overpriced but if you are looking at the studios and most video professionals for them it won't be that much of a price if it gets the most job done for them.


itrs a gaming card , nothing like a professional card -you don't have the software or service support , and anyway - render farms are cpu based because of the bucket load of ram needed.
Just following on from what HalloweenJack has said, studios and video professionals use Nvidia Quadro or AMD FirePro cards.
HalloweenJack
itrs a gaming card , nothing like a professional card -you don't have the software or service support , and anyway - render farms are cpu based because of the bucket load of ram needed.
you're correct that service support is limited but in terms of software, it's the exact same (cuda) code used on geforce AND quadro, it's just that quadro and titans don't have the double floating point nerfed (and ecc memory in some cases). As to renderfarms… gpu rendering/encoding/calculations are on the rise, the performance gains from using gpu's over cpu's is massive in the right usage scenarios. Titans aren't likely used because they're not really suited to servers but the tesla cards (pretty much a quadro without the graphics output) are and again they use the same code.

Jonj1611
Just following on from what HalloweenJack has said, studios and video professionals use Nvidia Quadro or AMD FirePro cards.
Not all of them do, a lot of smaller companies and freelancers have taken note of the titan because it is literally a cut down quadro/tesla. I've used all 4 (geforce,quadro, tesla and firepro) and honestly in my opinion there's no point buying a quadro except for the amount of memory in most cases, the firepro isn't too badly priced compared wth quadro although in my case it's support in my programs are limited so isn't worth purchase.

In my opinion people are saying the titan is a gaming card, it isn't really, it's pretty much a no service support lower bin quadro 5/6000 or whatever it's called, the geforce 980 (or higher) would be in essence another step down with the double floating point/cuda cores etc disabled accordingly.

Why is the titan X priced like that… 1). because it's nvidia and they can and 2). because it's not being aimed at gamers, it's being aimed at semi pro users who need compute performance/memory and may do gaming as well. Also considering the equivalent quadro will cost in the region of £2500 if not more, the likely £1000 cost of the titan is a ‘relative’ bargain for my usage scenarios (gpu based 3d rendering).

Having said that if an 8gb+ ‘980’ comes out that would likely be the better buy in my case.