It’s been an exciting week in the tech world with Nvidia’s launch of the Titan V, the first Volta based graphics card that isn’t marketed solely for the professional workspace and rumours about Ryzen 7 Pinnacle Ridge or Ryzen 2 having up to 12 cores and 24 threads at 5.1GHz! Let’s start with Nvidia . Leaked benchmarks show this card crushing the competition and the specifications are certainly very beefy.
The Titan V is based on the new Volta arquitecture on the 12nm finFET process and has 12GB of HBM2 memory as well as a whopping 5120 CUDA cores. It isn’t something you can buy with your pocket money though, it will set you back a total of 3 grand.
The reason for this is that the card is not marketed as a gaming card, it has high bandwidth memory and Tensor cores for professional deep learning applications. Nvidia describe it as the “most powerful PC GPU ever created” so it is clearly not marketed solely for professionals but you only need to take a look at the spec sheet to see that it is not designed for gamers specifically. Nvidia has not excluded gaming, it does have great gaming performance as leaked benchmarks have shown and I don’t doubt that some people with money to burn are going to drop 3 grand on the card for the ultimate gaming experience in desperation to get the latest and greatest
The full specifications are certainly impressive, the Titan V has the full 5120 CUDA cores found on the professional Tesla V100 AI card, 21 billion transistors, 12GB of HBM2 memory and a memory bandwidth of 652.8 GB/s. To put this into perspective, the Titan Xp only has 3840 cuda cores and 12.1 billion transistors. The titan Xp also uses GDDR5X rather than HBM2, the latter being the high bandwidth stacked memory used in AMD Vega graphics cards. As a result the Titan Xp also has a lower memory bandwidth than the Titan V, namely 547.7 GB/s.
The titan V has a base core clock of 1200MHz and a boost clock of 1455MHz as well as a memory clock of 850MHz. It has 640 tensor cores which provides 110 deep learning TERAflops, I say deep learning TERAflops becasue this number is not useful for gamers, the the FP32 teraflops are what gamers should be looking at and this number is significantly lower at 15 TERAflops. This is still a jump from last generation’s Titan Xp and its 12.1 TERAflops though and the difference in performance is seen in the leaked benchmarks.
The leaked benchmarks in Firestrike showed the Titan V achieving graphics score of 32,774 at stock and nearly 36,000 points when overclocked. That is almost 10,000 points higher than the GTX 1080 ti!
To put those numbers into perspective, a TITAN Xp based on NVIDA’s Pascal GPU architecture typically scores around 28,000, as does the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. In the UNIGINE 2 Super position benchmark, the titan V scores a staggering 9961 which is around 1300 more than the score of 8642 that a GTX 1080 ti Kingpin overclocked on liquid nitrogen to over 2.5GHz scored. These are some huge numbers!
The card was also tested in Tomb Raider with a 66FPS average, 158fps in Gears of War, and 88fps in Ashes of the Singularity at 1440p on ultra settings, the card was benchmarked with an i7-6700k which would have been a bottleneck for it so the real numbers that it is capable of achieving may well be somewhat higher.
From this information it is clear that the Nvidia Titan V is a very powerful card from Nvidia. Presumably the V stands for “Volta” but it could also mean 5 considering this card is the fifth Titan (Titan X Maxwell, Titan Z, Titan XP, Titan Xp, Titan V)