This innocent-looking processor is going to create the next AI supercomputer

Joanna Estrada
December 11, 2017

The GV100 is a multi-chip processing unit, including the GPU, and three HBM2 memory stacks.

Amidst rumors that AMD may be leveraging GDDR6 memory for its next-generation of graphics cards due to high bandwidth memory two (HBM2) supply issues, Nvidia has announced that it utilizes as much as 12GB on each of its new Nvidia Titan V graphics cards.

The Nvidia Titan V is based on the Nvidia Volta graphics architecture that was released a few weeks back but has not come out for the consumer market yet.

TITAN V's incredible power is ideal for developers who want to use their PCs to do work in AI, deep learning and high performance computing.

Certain statements in this press release including, but not limited to, statements as to: the impact, performance, efficiencies, benefits and availability of TITAN V GPUs; TITAN V setting new performance standards for what is possible in a PC; and the value and impact TITAN V will deliver to deep learning researchers and its use to help change the world are forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause results to be materially different than expectations. All of these are made possibly by the card's 21.1 billion transistors. For comparison's sake, the Xbox One X can only deliver up to 6 teraflops, and the console is already regarded by many people as the most powerful gaming unit ever created.

Huang states, "Our vision for Volta was to push the outer limits of high-performance computing and AI".

The new architecture underlying Nvidia's Titan V GPU was created to "push the outer limits of high performance computing and AI", according to co-founder, president, and CEO Jensen Huang.

Nvidia described the Titan V's GPU architecture as "the world's most advanced". But, according to Nvidia, the GPU has top-of-the-line memory and performance that equip it with nine times the deep-learning capabilities of Nvidia's previous model.

Unlike many of Nvidia's other GPUs, the Titan V is not aimed at gamers but at researchers and scientists with high-performance computing requirements. The video card's $3,000 price tag also says a lot, which does not make it accessible to the general consumers. Good gaming GPUs are usually $500-$600. We are going to take a look at synthetic benchmarks as well as gaming benchmarks to see how well it competes with the GTX 1080 Ti as well as the other high-end graphics cards on the market right now.

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