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Nvidia launches Titan X, its most powerful chip ever

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Nvidia is known for producing great chips. The silicon produced by the company powers our VR, our games, our movies and are some of the best in the industry. However, the company has recently outdid itself with a brand-new, state of the art chip aptly named the Titan X.

Without further ado, lets get down to the brass tacks first and discover why everyone is so excited. The TItan X packs a ridiculous 12 billion transistors and has been built with love using the latest Pascal architecture. The chip has 12GB of GDDR5X storage capacity and offers a staggering 3,584 cores at 1.53Ghz delivering a total output of 11 teraflops.

The chipset has been manufactured using the TSMC 16nm process and is expected to pack the GP102 GPU under its hood. Interestingly, the chipset packs a 384-bit GDDR5X memory bus — Memory buses are a bit complicated, for now you can think of them as the pipes that transfer data and addresses from the main memory to the central processing unit (CPU) — meaning that Titan X will have a memory bandwidth of almost 480GB/sec.

Consumption wise, the Titan X has been estimated to require around 250W. Power has always proved to put manufacturers in a bit of a quandary. More power results in enhanced performance, however, you can not increase the consumption indiscriminately because of various other factors at work. Meanwhile, the display I/O is listed as DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, and DL-DV.

That almost all the information available at this point. While we are sure that more on Titan X will emerge very soon, including comparisons with other chipsets out there, Nvidia has limited itself to saying that the Titan X will bring  up to 60% performance boost as compared to the Maxwell 2 based GTX Titan X.

Like all legendary artifacts such as King Arthur’s sword and Noah’s ark, the Titan X also has a funny little anecdote accompanying it. Apparently, the chip was born of a bet between the company’s CEO and its top engineer.

As per a blog post,

It began with a bet.

Brian Kelleher, our top hardware engineer, bet our CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, we could get more than 10 teraflops of computing performance from a single chip. Jen-Hsun thought that was crazy.

Well, we did it. The result is crazy. And, as of today, Jen-Hsun now owes Brian a dollar.

Ha ha. Well, maybe executives have finally found the next big motivational secret to get the most from their employees. Bet them a dollar and sit back and watch as they create history.

Well, the chip is almost certain to be capable of taking anything you can throw at it. Whether or not it is the best out there, is going to be a very hotly debated topic soon.  Nvidia is certainly portraying the Titan X as their new flagship card and has not classified it as a Quadro, Tesla or even GeForce. That suggests that the company is pitching the chip as a cut of the rest.

The chip is set to make an appearance in Europe and the US on August 2nd, followed by an Asia release at a later date. Meanwhile, all that power doesn’t come cheap and you are going to end up paying $100 per billion transistors — or $1200 to be precise.  In a bit of a departure from tradition, the card is being sold directly by Nvidia through their website. While system builders will still be able to include it in their products, they won’t be allowed to distribute or sell the chipset.

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