NVIDIA Unveils Ray-Tracing Powerhouse TITAN RTX

Yolanda Curtis
December 4, 2018

The Titan RTX, dubbed fondly by Nvidia as "T-Rex", is based on the same Turing architecture as the firm's RTX 2070, 2080 and bork-prone 2080 Ti GPUs, equipping it with 130 teraflops of deep learning performance and 11 GigaRays of ray-tracing performance. Our guess, from the specs, is that the Titan RTX will be around 8% faster than the GeForce RTX2080Ti.

The RTX 2080 Ti, which up until now was Nvidia's most powerful consumer graphics card, retails for $1,199 (£1,099, AU$1,899) - that's a lot of money as well, so the Titan RTX will need to deliver a lot of firepower in order to justify this roughly doubling of the price.

NVIDIA Unveils Ray-Tracing Powerhouse TITAN RTX

The GPU clock of 1350MHz matches the RTX 2080 Ti, while the maximum boost clock of 1770MHz is ~8 percent faster than Nvidia's current top-end card. The card features almost the same raytracing performance as the Ti, but increased deep-learning muscle with 576 multi-precision Tensor Cores resulting in a hefty 130 TFLOPS of deep learning performance. The hype building exercise involves social media "influencers" inserting Nvidia RTX Titan hardware and/or packaging somewhere in their shared photos or videos, some more subtly than others.

The card also includes 24GB of GDDR6 memory - non-ECC, naturally - running at an effective 7,000MHz on a 384-bit bus for 672GB/s of bandwidth.

"The introduction of T-Rex puts Turing within reach of millions of the most demanding PC users - developers, scientists and content creators". Data scientists will look forward to the accelerates data analytics with RAPIDS, one of the most popular data science workflows.

NVIDIA will be launching the TITAN RTX - which company CEO Jensen Huang refers to as "T-Rex" in today's announcement - later this month in both the U.S. and Europe.

The price is, as you'd expect, pretty impressive, at $2,499, and the TITAN RTX will begin shipping later this month.

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