It's not every day that we can tell you to get the company credit card out and spend more than £1000 on Star Wars themed products, but today is that day. Nvidia's latest high-end Titan graphics card went on sale Friday, and while it comes with some absolutely stunning design features, this is still the Titan Xp that offers amazing performance in a range of applications.
It's possible to assume, of course, that these Titan cards are aimed at gamers, but that's not really the case. The Titan range sits outside of the traditional gaming segment for Nvidia, instead these are cards that assist with deep learning and other intensive GPU applications. The key in these applications is that Nvidia boosts the number of Cuda cores on this card to 3840. Cuda, like AMDs Stream Processors, are parallel processors that can be used to accelerate certain tasks. Although this requires the support of whatever software you use, but apps like Adobe Premiere and other specialist tools all leverage this power.
High-end gaming cards, like the GTX 1080ti, have slightly fewer Cuda cores (3584 in the 1080ti) but are also a fair bit cheaper at around £680. For special applications the higher memory bandwidth speed of the Titan will also be of benefit and the extra gigabyte of RAM won't hurt either. But if you're trying to decide don't discount cards like the 10 series gaming cards, which are cheaper and offer a lot of bang for their buck.
Interestingly, the Titan has had a further boost recently because Nvidia created itself something of a problem by making those GTX gaming cards so good. Indeed they offered such good value that many users and even business purchasers might have felt like going down a consumer route. Perhaps in response, Nvidia pushed a driver update that managed to unlock "3X the power" in certain applications. Anyone using 3D app Maya would have seen a noticeable boost in performance as a result.
That driver update also added support for housing the GPU in an external chassis. This might well be valuable for business where a lot of people sometimes need access to GPU power. Pop the Titan Xp in an external caddy, and then it can be connected to any compatible desktop or laptop with the additional boost in performance that comes with a card like this.
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