It is March 9 and I am writing the introduction to this review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X, where I have five days before I board a plane from Adelaide, South Australia to San Jose, California, USA for NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference 2015.
At last year's GTC, we were introduced to the GeForce GTX Titan Z, which was powered by two Kepler-based GK110 cores. The Titan Z was a weird release for NVIDIA, as it was essentially two GeForce GTX Titan Black Edition cards, on a single PCB. Oh, and a $2999 price tag.
It was never destined for gamers, but it was marketed towards CUDA developers, especially with its $3000 price. It had 12GB of VRAM, but only 6GB was available as it had the two GK110 cores with 6GB of frame buffer each. The new GeForce GTX Titan X, on the other hand, is something so special that I don't think people have quite grasped what we have in front of us today.
NVIDIA unveiled the new GeForce GTX Titan X ahead of its GTC 2015 event, revealing the Maxwell-powered card during Epic Games' GDC 2015 event. Company founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang took the stage to unveil the new card, teasing that it was the most powerful GPU it had ever created, with 12GB of VRAM and a huge eight billion transistors.
It is a huge preemptive move against AMD, which is preparing to launch its Radeon 300 series, and more specifically, the Radeon R9 390X. The new GTX Titan X might not be aimed at consumers with its large price tag, but it is what some have been waiting for. I have a few friends who haven't pulled the trigger on the GTX 980 as they were "waiting for the GTX 980 Ti", hoping for 8GB of VRAM. Well, here we are.
We have a card that has around 30-50% more performance of the GTX 980, with 300% more VRAM at 12GB. We've gone into details in the Titan X specifications further on in the review.
Availability & Price
The retail price of the GeForce GTX Titan X is $999, which is great considering the power available at your fingertips. At $999, we have NVIDIA launching it at the same price as the two previous Titan cards, with Titan X being much more powerful.
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