NVIDIA is introducing a new TITAN. Dubbed the TITAN Black, it uses a fully enabled GK110 core to create a new flagship card for the GeForce lineup.
Back when the GTX 780 Ti was launched, many predicted it would effectively take over from the GTX TITAN in the hearts and minds of enthusiasts. Not only didn’t NVIDIA’s latest release boast more CUDA cores than its $999 sibling but it also featured higher speed memory and a significantly lower price point.
Many expected the TITIAN to fade quietly into the background and for the most part that’s exactly what happened. However, even with the capability of overclocked GTX 780 Ti’s to surpass TITAN’s performance figures, the ultra expensive card continued to move a surprising number of units.
Part of that sales success was likely due to budding CUDA developers who appreciated the TITAN’s support for full speed double precision floating point performance but for the most part, these cards blitzed off retailers’ shelves and into the hands of gamers. You see while they may be a niche, there’s a relatively large subset of enthusiasts that want the best of the best, regardless of the astronomical costs involved. They wanted TITAN’s 6GB of memory for above all else. Now, NVIDIA is updating their most expensive GPU so it can once again claim the title of world’s fastest graphics card.
From a fundamental standpoint, not much has changed with the TITAN Black. It now uses a fully enabled GK110 core with 2880 processing cores operating at an average Boost clock of 980MHz. Along with more texture units and faster memory, this iteration should see performance increases somewhere in the neighborhood of 15% over its predecessor. Expect it to decimate a reference GTX 780 Ti in high resolutions where its 6GB of GDDR5 memory can be brought to bear.
NVIDIA is quietly launching the Black simply because they know that it makes for a very poor “bang for buck” story. Most gamers will still be better off going for a GTX 780 Ti but it will likely draw in more CUDA developers who want a bit more power than the original TITAN could provide
By all outside appearances, there really isn’t much to distinguish the Black from a basic TITAN. Its logo has been embossed in black while the heatsink’s cooling fins have a sexy black anodized finish. Meanwhile, the fan speed profile has been adjusted slightly to compensate for the additional heat being thrown off by the core.
Expect availability of this card here in North America from EVGA and ASUS within the next week or so.