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Nvidia unveils Titan RTX

Nvidia unveils Titan RTX

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

Raw specs are much as expected. Having announced the new GeForce RTX 20 Series during Gamescom this summer, the company has gradually rolled out the various iterations, the 2070, 2080 and the 2080 Ti.

It offers a TU102 GPU, and can be used in combination with a second Titan RTX if users buy an $80 NVLink Bridge.

These properties are rated to deliver up to 130 teraflops (TFLOPs) in deep-learning power and 11 GigaRays in terms of ray-tracing performance. Clockspeeds check in at 1,350MHz (base) and 1,770MHz (boost).

On paper, then, it looks like the Titan RTX will be a very solid performer, but we'll have to wait until we get our hands on one to see if it justifies that incredibly high price tag.

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The Titan RTX packs in 576 multi-precision Tensor cores for deep learning, 72 RT cores for ray-tracing, 24GB of GDDR6 memory with 672GB/s of bandwidth and 100GB/s NVLink support. That's the biggest advantage a Titan card has ever held over a Ti.

In essence, it's a 2080 Ti on steroids. This card also has VirtualLink for next-generation virtual reality applications. In theory that's up to a 21 percent performance advantage. Likewise, the Maxwell Titan X was only about 3 percent faster than a GTX 980 Ti, and the Titan Xp was also around 3 percent higher.

Following a rash of strategic "leaks" by social media influencers, NVIDIA on Monday formally introduced its Titan RTX graphics card, a heavy-hitting accelerator that the company is appropriately billing as "the world's most powerful desktop GPU".

Nvidia's Turing graphics cards may cost a pretty penny, but few people are going to argue with the performance of their massive arrays of tensor, RT, and CUDA cores.

The RTX Titan certainly won't come cheap.