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!
Updated @ 2017-12-10 : Added a section on gaming with the NVIDIA TITAN V .
Originally posted @ 2017-12-09
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.[adrotate group=”1″]
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.”[adrotate group=”2″]
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!
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The NVIDIA TITAN V Specification Comparison
Let’s take a look at the known specifications of the NVIDIA TITAN V, compared to the TITAN Xp (launched earlier this year), and the TITAN X (launched late last year). We also inserted the specifications of a hypothetical NVIDIA TITAN Vp, based on a full GV100.
|Specifications||Future TITAN Vp?||NVIDIA TITAN V||NVIDIA TITAN Xp||NVIDIA TITAN X|
|Microarchitecture||NVIDIA Volta||NVIDIA Volta||NVIDIA Pascal||NVIDIA Pascal|
|Process Technology||12 nm FinFET+||12 nm FinFET+||16 nm FinFET||16 nm FinFET|
|Die Size||815 mm²||815 mm²||471 mm²||471 mm²|
|L2 Cache Size||6 MB||4.5 MB||3 MB||4 MB|
|GPU Core Clock||NA||1200 MHz||1405 MHz||1417 MHz|
|GPU Boost Clock||NA||1455 MHz||1582 MHz||1531 MHz|
|Texture Fillrate||NA||384.0 GT/s|
|Pixel Fillrate||NA||NA||142.1 GP/s|
|Memory Size||NA||12 GB||12 GB||12 GB|
|Memory Clock||NA||850 MHz||1426 MHz||1250 MHz|
|Memory Bandwidth||NA||652.8 GB/s||547.7 GB/s||480.0 GB/s|
|TDP||300 watts||250 watts||250 watts||250 watts|
|Multi GPU Capability||NVLink||NVLink||SLI||SLI|
|Launch Price||NA||US$ 2999||US$ 1200||US$ 1200|
The NVIDIA TITAN Vp?
In case you are wondering, the TITAN Vp does not exist. It is merely a hypothetical future model that we think NVIDIA may introduce mid-cycle, like the NVIDIA TITAN Xp.
Our TITAN Vp is based on the full capabilities of the NVIDIA GV100 GPU. That means it will have 5376 CUDA cores with 336 Texture Units, 672 Tensor cores and 6 MB of L2 cache. It will also have a higher TDP of 300 watts.[adrotate group=”1″]
The Official NVIDIA TITAN V Press Release
December 9, 2017—NVIDIA today introduced TITAN V, the world’s most powerful GPU for the PC, driven by the world’s most advanced GPU architecture, NVIDIA Volta .
Announced by NVIDIA founder and CEO Jensen Huang at the annual NIPS conference, TITAN V excels at computational processing for scientific simulation. Its 21.1 billion transistors deliver 110 teraflops of raw horsepower, 9x that of its predecessor, and extreme energy efficiency.
“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 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.”
NVIDIA Supercomputing GPU Architecture, Now for the PC
TITAN V’s Volta architecture features a major redesign of the streaming multiprocessor that is at the center of the GPU. It doubles the energy efficiency of the previous generation Pascal design, enabling dramatic boosts in performance in the same power envelope.
New Tensor Cores designed specifically for deep learning deliver up to 9x higher peak teraflops. With independent parallel integer and floating-point data paths, Volta is also much more efficient on workloads with a mix of computation and addressing calculations. Its new combined L1 data cache and shared memory unit significantly improve performance while also simplifying programming.
Fabricated on a new TSMC 12-nanometer FFN high-performance manufacturing process customised for NVIDIA, TITAN V also incorporates Volta’s highly tuned 12GB HBM2 memory subsystem for advanced memory bandwidth utilisation.
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TITAN V’s incredible power is ideal for developers who want to use their PCs to do work in AI, deep learning and high performance computing.
Users of TITAN V can gain immediate access to the latest GPU-optimised AI, deep learning and HPC software by signing up at no charge for an NVIDIA GPU Cloud account. This container registry includes NVIDIA-optimised deep learning frameworks, third-party managed HPC applications, NVIDIA HPC visualisation tools and the NVIDIA TensorRT inferencing optimiser.
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TITAN V is available to purchase today for US$2,999 from the NVIDIA store in participating countries.
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