Building a PC gaming machine can be relatively affordable, as we’ve shown. And it could also be unfathomably expensive if you want the very latest is bleeding edge technology. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, in front of an excitable GPU Technology Conference crowd, wielded something that was very, very expensive, but also incredibly awesome: NVIDIA’s new Geforce GTX Titan Z, which will retail for $3,000.
Unless you require the power of a supercomputer, this isn’t really for you. But, then again, we can still ogle at NVIDIA’s new beastly creation, which is humongous and powerful. The Titan Z is built around two Kepler GPUs and 12GB of dedicated frame buffer memory, promising gamers next-generation 5K and multi-monitor gaming without breaking a sweat. This thing will max out every setting imaginable and run at the highest frame rate with a combined 5,760 processing cores, or 2,880 cores per GPU.
“If you’re in desperate need of a supercomputer that you need to fit under your desk, we have just the card for you,” Jen-Hsun said. Even if you or I wanted a supercomputer, chances are we wouldn’t even be able to afford one. But 5K and multi-monitor gaming! The future sounds pretty fun.
On its blog, NVIDIA explained that its Titan Z is unlike traditional dual-GPU cards; Titan Z’s twin GPUs are actually tuned to run at the same clock speed with dynamic power balancing, meaning neither GPU will create a performance bottleneck. But all that power doesn’t mean the Titan Z will be loud or obnoxious. It’s certainly big, sure, but Nvidia promised that the Z will be cool and quiet, with a build quality that will supposedly improve acoustic quality.
We saw what the Titan Z was capable off at NVIDIA’s GPU conference, and the results were quite impressive. Of course, at $3,000, it definitely falls out of many consumer budgets, but those with supercomputing needs will certainly enjoy what the Titan Z has to offer.