Nvidia officially unveils its most powerful (and expensive) graphics card yet, just a few months after the release of the also impressive GTX 1080 and GTX 1070.
Gamers who were waiting for the next generation of Nvidia graphics cards were elated a few months ago when the company announced the GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. The first two Pascal generation cards boasted some impressive specifications, with the GTX 1080 offering faster performance than the last generation’s Titan X.
The Titan X has long been viewed as Nvidia‘s top of the line card, so perhaps it’s not surprising to hear that it won’t be staying outclassed by the GTX 1080 for long. Last week, Nvidia continued its fast-paced GPU release schedule with the announcement of a new Titan X that will cost $1200.
The refreshed Titan X is being billed as the company’s most powerful graphics card yet and is “the biggest GPU ever built” with 12 billion transistors in total. The rest of the architecture is equally impressive, featuring 12 GB of GDDR5X memory and 3,584 cores running at 1.53 GHz for a quoted 11 teraflops of performance. The card will hit stores in the U.S. and Europe on August 2 with an Asia release following. At $1200, gamers will be paying $100 per billion transistors.
The Titan X will clearly be a fantastic card for virtual reality gaming rigs but will do little to dispel the notion among some consumers that quality VR is too expensive. The card will also be a godsend for those looking to do high-end gaming with a 4K display, but for the average gamer, all of this extra power may not be necessary. After the reveal of the GTX 1080, someone was able to get the latest DOOM game running at 200 FPS at 1080p on that card.
Once most of a player’s games are running at ultra level graphics with a solid frame rate, the additional benefits provided by a better card will start to plateau. With the new Titan X coming in at twice the launch price of the GTX 1080, this card is probably not the best value available. It’s also telling that Nvidia’s marketing is focusing on how much faster the new Titan X is compared to its older model and not drawing many comparisons to the GTX 1080.
Still, for those gamers who absolutely must have the very latest technology, the refreshed Titan X provides another item to add to the wishlist. Let’s just hope Nvidia can keep the drivers for all of these new cards working properly as new AAA games hit the market.