NVIDIA calls new $3,000 Titan V 'world's most powerful GPU' for PCs

NVIDIA has announced the Titan V, a $2,999 graphics card that it's calling the "world's most powerful GPU."

But while your mind may first wander to the world of gaming, that's not where NVIDIA is aiming this new beast. Sure, it will likely run laps around any game you throw at it, but NVIDIA sees the Titan V as a powerful tool for AI researchers and scientists.

Built on NVIDIA's Volta architecture, the Titan V packs a whopping 110 teraflops (TFLOPs) of power. For comparison, NVIDIA's GTX 1080 Ti can push 11.3 TFLOPs, and Microsoft touts the power of the Xbox One X's six TFLOPs. The Titan V is powered by 12GB of high-bandwidth memory (HBM2), 5,120 CUDA cores, and 21.1 billion transistors. NVIDIA has also included Tensor Cores, which it says are designed specifically for deep learning tasks. For the price, NVIDIA is also throwing in some deep learning and high-performance computing software with an NVIDIA GPU Cloud account.

"Our vision for Volta was to push the outer limits of high performance computing and AI. We broke new ground with its new processor architecture, instructions, numerical formats, memory architecture and processor links," said NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang. "With TITAN V, we are putting Volta into the hands of researchers and scientists all over the world. I can't wait to see their breakthrough discoveries."

Though NVIDIA is clearly targeting the massive power of the Titan V at developers and researchers doing work in AI and deep learning, improvements brought the bear by the Volta architecture will certainly make their way down to gaming cards and chips at some point. That could be a big deal not only for power but for efficiency as well. NVIDIA claims that Volta doubles energy efficiency over its predecessor, Pascal, while "enabling dramatic boosts in performance in the same power envelope."

The Titan V is available now for $2,999 from the NVIDIA online store.

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