Yesterday, we reported that NVIDIA is planning to launch their flagship GeForce GTX Titan Z graphics card on 29th April. The GeForce GTX Titan Z would be NVIDIA's latest dual-chip graphics solution featuring the mighty Kepler GK110 core architecture which has spanned an entire generation of GeForce graphics cards.
Inno3D Preparing GeForce GTX Titan Z Beefy HerculeZ Cooler
Now if we go by NVIDIA's history, their green-light program restricts manufacturers from adding or preparing custom designs of their own until NVIDIA allows. We saw the same trend with GeForce GTX 690 and the recent GeForce GTX Titan and Titan Black Edition graphics cards. Now we would suspected that the same trend would have followed with their upcoming GeForce GTX Titan Z graphics card but one manufacturer is preparing a new cooling scheme for the latest GeForce graphics card.
Inno3D who have developed some amazing cooling designs over the last few years, namely their HerculeZ cooler are once again preparing a massive new cooler which will be featured on the GeForce GTX Titan Z. It is unknown at the moment if the cooler will be shipped aside the reference GeForce GTX Titan Z graphics card or would really be assembled on the PCB when dispatched from the factory. Gigabyte and EVGA have shipped their WindForce and ACX coolers with various Titan and Titan Black edition cards so we suspect that Inno3D would also ship the cooler alongside the reference card but nevertheless, let's head on and talk about the cooler itself.
As can be seen in the top picture, the Inno3D HerculeZ cooler for the GeForce GTX Titan Z features a large aluminum fin array that spans the entire length of the card featuring two contact surfaces for each GK110 core on the graphics card. Heat is dissipated through 10 thick heatpipes, five for each GPU core and the heat generated is blown off by three PWM controlled fans on the heatsink shroud (100mm/92mm/100mm). The cooler has a black and white color theme which looks nice and we can also spot a full cover back-plate which will help enhance thermals and hide the components on the back of the card although the reference GeForce GTX Titan Z already comes with one but an extra doesn't hurt.
Built with the same heart and DNA of NVIDIA’s GeForce Titan and Titan Black Edition, the GeForce GTX Titan Z is an engineering marvel with two chips under its hood that pack 7.1 billion transistors each. The GeForce GTX Titan Z will replace the GeForce GTX 690 boasting dual-GK110 cores compared to dual-GK104 cores on its predecessor. The GeForce GTX Titan Z will feature two GK110 cores with 5760 Cuda Cores, 448 TMUs and 96 ROPs. The card features a 384-bit x 2 bus which will run across a massive 12 GB VRAM. This is an impressive feature giving developers and games an unprecedented amount of VRAM for use. The memory is clocked at 7 GHz effective clock speed. The core clock speeds are not confirmed but the GeForce GTX Titan Z features a maximum single precision performance of 8 TFlops which is really impressive
NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z Specifications:
|NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780||NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti||NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Black Edition||NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan Z|
|GPU Codename||GK110||GK110||GK110||GK110||GK110 x2|
|Cores||2304 Cores||2668 Cores||2880 Cores||2880 Cores||5760 Cores|
|VRAM||3 GB GDDR5||6 GB GDDR5||3 GB GDDR5||6 GB GDDR5||12 GB GDDR5 (6 GB x2)|
|Memory Bus||384-bit||384-bit||384-bit||384-bit||384-bit x2|
|Launch||June 2013||February 2013||December 2013||February 2014||29th April 2014|