NVIDIA CEO Jensen Huang (recently anointed as Fortune 2017 Businessperson of the Year) made as surprise reveal at the NIPS conference – the NVIDIA TITAN V. This is the first desktop graphics card to be built on the latest NVIDIA Volta microarchitecture, and the first to use HBM2 memory.
In this article, we will share with you everything we know about the NVIDIA TITAN V, and how it compares against its TITANic predecessors. We will also share with you what we think could be a future NVIDIA TITAN Vp graphics card!
NVIDIA Volta isn’t exactly new. Back in GTC 2017, NVIDIA revealed NVIDIA Volta, the NVIDIA GV100 GPU and the first NVIDIA Volta-powered product – the NVIDIA Tesla V100. Jensen even highlighted the Tesla V100 in his Computex 2017 keynote, more than 6 months ago!
Yet there has been no desktop GPU built around NVIDIA Volta. NVIDIA continued to churn out new graphics cards built around the Pascal architecture – GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and GeForce GTX 1070 Ti. That changed with the NVIDIA TITAN V.
The NVIDIA GV100 is the first NVIDIA Volta-based GPU, and the largest they have ever built. Even using the latest 12 nm FFN (FinFET NVIDIA) process, it is still a massive chip at 815 mm²! Compare that to the GP100 (610 mm² @ 16 nm FinFET) and GK110 (552 mm² @ 28 nm).
That’s because the GV100 is built using a whooping 21.1 billion transistors. In addition to 5376 CUDA cores and 336 Texture Units, it boasts 672 Tensor cores and 6 MB of L2 cache. All those transistors require a whole lot more power – to the tune of 300 W.
The NVIDIA TITAN V
That’s V for Volta… not the Roman numeral V or V for Vendetta. Powered by the NVIDIA GV100 GPU, the TITAN V has 5120 CUDA cores, 320 Texture Units, 640 Tensor cores, and a 4.5 MB L2 cache. It is paired with 12 GB of HBM2 memory (3 x 4GB stacks) running at 850 MHz.
The blowout picture of the NVIDIA TITAN V reveals even more details :
- It has 3 DisplayPorts and one HDMI port.
- It has 6-pin + 8-pin PCIe power inputs.
- It has 16 power phases, and what appears to be the Founders Edition copper heatsink and vapour chamber cooler, with a gold-coloured shroud.
- There is no SLI connector, only what appears to be an NVLink connector.
Here are more pictures of the NVIDIA TITAN V, courtesy of NVIDIA.
Can You Game On The NVIDIA TITAN V? New!
Right after Jensen announced the TITAN V, the inevitable question was raised on the Internet – can it run Crysis / PUBG?
The NVIDIA TITAN V is the most powerful GPU for the desktop PC, but that does not mean you can actually use it to play games. NVIDIA notably did not mention anything about gaming, only that the TITAN V is “ideal for developers who want to use their PCs to do work in AI, deep learning and high performance computing.”
In fact, the TITAN V is not listed in their GeForce Gaming section. The most powerful graphics card in the GeForce Gaming section remains the TITAN Xp.
Then again, the TITAN V uses the same NVIDIA Game Ready Driver as GeForce gaming cards, starting with version 388.59. Even so, it is possible that some or many games may not run well or properly on the TITAN V.
Of course, all this is speculative in nature. All that remains to crack this mystery is for someone to buy the TITAN V and use it to play some games!