In an effort to preempt AMD’s Vesuvius launch, NVIDIA has announced their own dual GPU uber card, the GeForce TITAN Z 12GB.
With the flagship R9 290X and GTX 780 Ti (along with the extremely limited TITAN Black) gradually evolving through board partner specific custom designs, both AMD and NVIDIA are moving towards the next logical step: the launch of dual GPU cards. While the GTX 690 and HD 7990 have both aged quite well, their performance just doesn’t stack up all that well to current generation single GPU offerings. Indeed, an overclocked GTX 780 Ti can compete quite well against either of those products.
For the gamers who are looking for the best of the best, NVIDIA has rolled out the TITAN Z at their GPU Developer’s Conference. Sporting a pair of fully enabled GK110 cores equipped with a total of 5760 CUDA processing units (2880 cores each) and 12GB of GDDR5 memory, the TITAN Z is billed as the ultimate solution for 5K (seriously, 4K is so yesterday’s news) gaming.
NVIDIA wasn’t forthcoming with details about clock speeds, a firm launch date or much else, but it seems the TITAN Z will supposedly be equipped with an advanced cooling solution that looks a lot like the one found on the previous generation GTX 690. Supposedly it’s comprised of low-profile components to insure broad compatibility and a size that’s no larger and other dual slot GPUs. NVIDIA is also promising that it will be extremely quiet even though it’s heatsink doesn’t resort to more exotic methods of cooling. Judging from the TITAN Z’s stratospheric price, this cooler may be fabricated out of titanium and then sprinkled with NVIDIA’s magic green unobtainium-based fairy dust.
The focus of this unveiling is obviously meant to take the wind out of AMD’s sales as they prepare to launch their competing Vesuvius dual GPU solution. The price for all this awesome sauce? Just $3000. Yes, you read that right. What more is there to say?