NVIDIA Unleashes the TITAN Xp Graphics Card – Features Full Blown GP102 with 3840 CUDA Cores, 12.15 TFLOPs of Compute and $1200 Price Tag

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Apr 6, 2017
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Something pretty unbelievable has happened: NVIDIA has managed to launch a brand new card without the leak scene even getting a whiff of it. The TITAN Xp (2017) is the first commercial graphics card that houses the full blown GP102 die. This means you are looking at the full 60 SM configuration with 3840 CUDA Cores. This also means that the compute performance of the card is going to be phenomenal, topping the 12 TFLOPs mark and very easily a 4K 60fps capable gaming monstrosity.

The new TITAN Xp from NVIDIA features 3840 CUDA Cores (Pascal), over 12 TFLOPs of compute and support for 8K60 HDR content

Funnily enough, the company has not allowed any of the publications to review this graphics card before going live – this usually means that any buyers of this card will currently have to go in blind. Two important updates to this iteration of the TITAN is 1) the increase in core count, a modest 7% increase over its younger sibling and 2) the increase in bandwidth, which is now at 547.7 GB/s, a decent 14% increase over its predecessor. According to the official specs, this model supports 8K@60Hz resolution.

NVIDIA TITAN Xp is the world’s most powerful graphics card. Incredible computing horsepower and groundbreaking NVIDIA Pascal™ architecture give you the power to accomplish things you never thought possible.

Of course, when talking about bandwidth its usually a good idea to look at the increase in bandwidth per core since an increase in bandwidth is usually offset by some amount by the increase in core count. In the older TITAN X’s case, you had 480 GB/s of bandwidth available to 3584 cores, or roughly 134 MB/s/core. The TITAN Xp has 3840 cores with 547.7 GB/s worth of bandwidth for roughly 142.6 MB/s/core which is a pretty decent gain. The important thing when dealing with an increasing core count is to make sure that the bandwidth available per core doesn’t drop while you scale, and this isn’t the case here – so you can expect some decent returns with the TITAN Xp.

This is a gallery of the new TITAN Xp and it looks like the change will be a very subtle one, with the title and overall aesthetic remaining the same. The graphics card has a price tag of $1200, which is the same as its predecessor and is available directly from the NVIDIA website. It is unknown at this point when the company will be looking towards AIBs to start selling these GPUs on their own. Keep in mind however, that traditionally, the TITAN brand has not been allowed to be introduced as a custom variant so there wont be much point in waiting for AIB variants anyways. An aftermarket cooling solution on this beast would do wonders for the overclocking headroom.

Given below are the complete specifications for the new TITAN Xp as well as the comparison to its predecessor as well as the GTX 1080 Ti. As we can immediately see, the major improvement is in the form of the core count increase and the bandwidth increase. This is actually more bandwidth than the HBM1 specification we have been used to (which tops out at 512 GB/s). The major limiting factor here, for the 12.15 TFLOPs number (since performance is a function of 2 * core count * clock speed) is the clock speed. And the clock speed is of course bottleneck by the blower style cooler.

With an aftermarket cooler in place, and a beefy power supply circuitry (which should already be there), you can expect this card to top 13 TFLOPs in compute performance without breaking a sweat. In fact, with a boost of just +100 MHz over the stock clocks, you will cross the 13.7 TFLOP mark – which is pretty insane performance. The major downside with the TITAN branding however, is the price tag, which is definitely not a good value proposition for anyone without deep pockets.

NVIDIA TITAN Xp (2017) Specifications Comparison

NVIDIA Graphics CardTITAN X (Pascal)GTX 1080 TiTITAN Xp
Process Node16nm16nm16nm
GPU Die Size471mm²471mm²471mm² (TBC)
SMs565660
CUDA Cores Per SM646464
FP32 CUDA Cores (Total)358435843840
Core Clock153115841582
Compute Power10.97 TFLOPs11.34 TFLOPs12.15 TFLOPs
Memory Interface384-bit352-bit384-bit
Memory Size12 GB GDDR5X11 GB GDDR5X12 GB GDDR5X
Memory Clock10 Gbps11 Gbps11.4 Gbps
Bandwidth 480 GB/s484 GB/s547.7 GB/s
TDP250W250W250W
MSRP$1200$700`$1200
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