Nvidia Unleashes the Titan

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DavidWoo

atleast they didnt name it "Kraken"... think of the headlines

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PCLinuxguy

that's not going to be until the next version

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NATOSOLIGDAS

which is the motherboard that they are using in the build with the titan and cosmos 2?

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Demindred

Ok, just bought a EVGA GTX680 FTW 4gb, guess next yr wen i can upgrade again, it will be a very nice PHysX card lol.

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vrmlbasic

I think it's a mistake on Nvidia's part to not allow their manufacturers to customize the card's look as it looks much too plain right now IMO.

Also, the bit about the thermal paste makes me wonder:does Nvidia dictate the thermal paste used in the retail models of its other graphics cards, that is, could makers of the 680 have been using a thermal paste of equal or greater efficiency to this new wonder-paste all along?

...why would Nvidia pull an Intel and package a flagship product (600 series) with a low-quality heat dissipation solution?

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John Pombrio

Dang. $800 I would pay and not a cent more... I was counting on getting this card but not at twice the price of a GTX680.

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Sylverstone20

I know where I am spending my tax money this year....

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chart2006

New Dream Machine???

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Mediziner

I wonder how much this will save on your power bill if you chose this over a 690...

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jgottberg

I will never buy this card but it looks AWESOME! It would be a shame to hide this thing away in a case.

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Ninjawithagun

This article is a bit misleading. The fact of the matter is that the GTX Titan will only be available through system builders (AVA Direct, Digital Storm, Falcon NW, iBuyPower, etc). No date yet on when the OEM version will be available as a 'sold separate' item. No Newegg or Amazon...for now. Sorry folks, but it looks like we are going to have to wait a bit longer...just like we did with the GTX690 :(

*UPDATE*

Just this morning, Nvidia removed the "Retailers" tab from the Titan advertisement portion of their website. I'm not sure what this means. Could it be a last minute supplier issue or maybe the retailers (system builders) were getting inundated with thousands of inqueries from anxious customers wanting to get their hands on a Titan card? I guess we'll know by tomorrow...

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Xenite

Absolutely pointless and a stupid way to piss away money.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I'm sure $1,000 graphics cards are simply flying off store shelves....

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Ninjawithagun

The sad thing is that they actually will fly right off the shelves. I still remember it took several months for the GTX690 to remain in stock for more than a few minutes. Craziness! People complain about how bad the economy is, but yet still find time to buy $5 coffee from Starbucks, eat overpriced food from Panera Bread, and buy $1000 graphics cards. Apparently, the economy is not as bad as it seems... Just food for thought, someone could buy both an XBOX360 and PS4 (getting announced today) for $1000...nuff said!

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Idonno

The economy has not changed much for the top 1-2% which includes the majority of people that wouldn't bat an eye at spending $1,000 on a graphics card anyway.

The people that won't be able to buy this card are the ones that would of had a hard time spending that much on a graphics card before the downturn.

It actually makes good sense to target the rich as well in a bad economy instead of just lowering profits and prices to target the majority!

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TheMissingPiece

Woah. That's amazing. However, I'm concerned about its viability. After all, a GTX 690 is technically better, right? So, the only reason I can see anyone buying one is for a mulit-card setup, or for someone who wants to avoid dual-GPU cards.

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joshnorem

Precisely - it's for people who don't want to mess with SLI, or want to put it in a smaller chassis.

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Renegade Knight

It's got better power specs than the 690. If it can drive 3 monitors for less power that's a win (for my use). However at this point I haven't seen the frame rates for the multiple monitor setup.

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AFDozerman

May be overkill for gaming, but GPU compute could really use this... That being said, they're probably pushing for a cut of the console market that AMD currently is almost gauranteed to get. A stripped down GK110 would do very, very well in a console box by cutting down heat and power consumption while maintaining a high level of performance.

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rollergold

Overkill or not but I'm thinking of the performance if/when full cover blocks come out for this beast.

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bpstone

Nvidia has definitely surprised us all. Most people from what I had read denounced it as nothing more than a complete bullshit rumor going around the web. Why would they want to create such a card? X many months later we are looking at a real GK110 monster for enthusiasts and gamers.

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Gezzer

GK110 was always meant more for compute uses then gaming. I could be wrong but I'd speculate that the Titan's a one off meant to recapture the fastest single GPU crown more then meet a market need. I also think you'll find it really hard to get your hands on one. Nvidia is making more money selling GK110 as Qaudro's then they could selling them as gaming cards.

I think Nvidia's concept of one die design mostly for gaming and another die design mostly for compute use, makes more sense from a price/performance perspective. I'm pretty sure Nvidia's yield per wafer is lower for the GK110 as well.

I also think the GTX7xx series will be a whole new die design whenever it drops.

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Peanut Fox

I think nVida really wants to have it both ways. Being able to use similar designs to make both a compute and a graphics chip has to do wonders for cost.

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zaphodbeeblebrox 42

how does this compare to the hd 6990? just curios as to how this matches up to my current card. :)

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Ninjawithagun

The GTX Titan will absolutely destroy the HD6990 in all games and benchmarks. Try GTX Titan vs. X7990...now that will a closer match, though the Titan should still win :)

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Neufeldt2002

Damn, that's sexy. If only I had the money. *sigh*

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Scott586

Ok, so to read the comments in chronological order I should scroll to the bottom and read back up? But if there are replies to comments I should scroll up to the first comment and read down. Do I have that right?

Nice card btw, just doesn't fit into my budget or affect any card that does fit.

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Neufeldt2002

Yes, you have that right.

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wumpus

Personally, I'm expecting underwhelming graphics performance. It will almost certainly be fastest, but hardly twice the 680. What you are looking at is the next generation 580 (serious double precision) instead of a next generation 680 (serious graphics, but don't use it in a supercomputer).

Also, "Nvidia used a new thermal paste that is twice as effective at absorbing heat as that used in the GTX 680." Shouldn't this be "conducting heat"? The heat sink needs to absorb the heat (also conduct it to the air, but it is called a "heatsink" for a reason), letting it build up next to the chip sounds bad.

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joshnorem

Fair point, we changed it. Thanks for the heads up.

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limitbreaker

I can't wait to get my hands on this gem, I've been holding out withtwo gtx275 in sli for the right card to upgrade to and this is it. DirectX11 is finally relevant and my cards are starting to show their age, they combine to the performance of a 560ti which should barely be enough but sli scaling isn't perfect and there are many games that don't support it. The way I see it, the only way to truly appreciate great Sli scaling is by using 3dVision where three is no performance gains over 1 card but no losses either because of the 3d.

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nsvander

Whens the street date on this thing am i right on it being the 21st?

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joshnorem

It's not announced, we'd guess it'll be a week or two though. 

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nsvander

Thanks....my tax refund is anxiously awaiting this hunk of silicon if i can get my hands on one.

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joshnorem

They haven't set a street date yet, and it'll be available only from system vendors at first, with retail availability to follow. We'd say March some time probably.

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Electrik

Wow, it looks like a space shuttle just sitting there. Just from the spec sheet, the 690 should crush it.

I would like to see a chassis design based on this aluminum two-tone motif. That would be quite cool.

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WintelGoHome

Oh my god. They're calling this their best? My GT650M in my 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro can run circles around this! Because obviously, not even the great hardware vendors like Nvidia can match Apple's amazing products! My logic is flawless!

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Mediziner

Your logic is only flawless to the crApple fanbois. I don't even know why people buy macbook "pros"... don;t they know that there are better, less expensive things out there?

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Mediziner

Wintel, is this your new account?

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TheMissingPiece

I think it's actually an account intended to troll Wintel. Either way, I can't decide if I like it or not.

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Electrik

Why do you go out of your way to be such a creep? Perhaps Mr. Norem should go to YOUR work place and make fun of your Slurpee machines.

And that smock…OMG.

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scotters

I know you're a troll but I gotta say it...

15-inch macbook with retina display benchmarks or gtfo

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agello24

ill stick with my 7750 BE for now. i dont see anything on either side that has wowed me yet. im still on the low watt side. since i do pay my own power bill.

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PCLinuxguy

Looks like it's time to upgrade my graphics cards

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Dorito Bandit

When can we expect a poor mans version? Plus, maybe prices will drop big time for previous cards.

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Peanut Fox

Unless yields of this card are extremely good I doubt we'll see a poor mans version. I'd only upset pricing of all the other cards in their line up. I also don't expect we'll see any change in price from the rest of nVidia's parts as the price of the Titan is so high it doesn't affect them at all.

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Ilander

So, my GTX 670 is pretty "maximum" on three 1080p monitors right now...Titan, while I respect your supercomputer role, you have no role for me at home.

I might be interested in seeing Crysis 3 benches, but really, that series has lost its luster since the first. Other interesting game on the horizon is Bioshock, and its been delayed so much, I really doubt it'll need 2013-ish hardware. My 2011/2012 rig will do fine.

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REDUXo01

Do you think I would notice a performance increase upgrading from my GTX 260 to this Titan card? ;)

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limitbreaker

No not at all, you won't see any performance gains going from GTX 260 to titan when playing Web games :-P

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REDUXo01

LOL!

Good point, actually. What's the benefit of constantly upgrading to the next best thing if the current generation of cards already plays everything at max settings? I know more games'll come out to test these cards, but still.

BTW, I don't play browser-based games. Just very old games :)

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