Nvidia Unveils World's Fastest GPU

Nvidia Unveils World's Fastest GPU
The new Titan X graphics card runs 60% faster than the previous version.

(CCM) — Nvidia has smashed the graphics card speed record with the announcement of its new super-fast Titan X. The card was revealed yesterday by Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia's founder and CEO, in a surprise announcement during an artificial intelligence conference at Stanford University. It has the world's fastest graphics processing unit (GPU), operating 60% faster than the previous-generation Titan X, according to the company. The GPU contains a record-breaking 3,584 CUDA cores, making it the biggest GPU ever built. The graphics card is the result of a bet between Nvidia's top hardware engineer and Huang about whether it was possible to build a single chip capable of carrying out more than 10 trillion floating point operations per second (10 teraflops). In fact the Titan X's GPU can carry out 11 teraflops, making it suited for high-end gaming, virtual reality applications, and even for business applications, such as neural networks.

The Titan X uses Nvidia's new Pascal GPU architecture, and its GPU's 3,584 CUDA cores run at 1.53 GHz (compared to 3,072 cores running at 1.08 GHz in the previous-generation Titan X.) The card is also equipped with 12 GB of GDDR5X memory and contains over 12 billion transistors. It will be available starting Aug. 2 for $1,200 directly from Nvidia and from selected system builders.

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