Nvidia has officially unveiled the long-rumoured GeForce Titan X, thanks to a surprise visit by chief executive Jen-Hsun Huang to Epic Games' GDC keynote speech in San Francisco late last night.
During Epic's keynote, while founder and chief executive Tim Sweeney was demonstrating a virtual reality experienced dubbed Thief in the Shadows, it was claimed that the company needed higher-than-usual graphics processing power. That was Huang's cue to come out of the shadows at the back of the room and head to the stage with the Nvidia Titan X, full details of which are due to be announced during Nvidia's GPU Technology Conference in two weeks' time.
What Huang did share is that the Titan X, in-keeping with the Titan line in general, will be a range-topping card. Based on the Maxwell architecture, the Titan X boasts eight billion transistors and a 12GB framebuffer - although, if the Titan X follows its predecessor's design of using two GPUs, this will technically be available as a mirrored 6GB framebuffer until the promised multi-GPU advances of DirectX 12 and Vulkan make themselves felt. 'It's the most advanced GPU the world has ever seen,
' Huang crowed during the scripted sequence.
The memory count may match last year's Titan Z, but the increase in transistor count and a switch to the latest microarchitecture from the last-generation Kepler suggests that the Titan X is going to be an extremely powerful card. The Titan Z, by comparison, had seven billion transistors split across 5,760 CUDA cores; assuming the increased transistor count scales linearly despite the switch to Maxwell, the Titan X could have as many as 6,480 CUDA cores on-board.
Naturally, the one thing Huang didn't share was pricing - but expect the card to be priced at a level similar to its predecessors. A small amount of additional detail is available at Nvidia's website