With a specific audience who demands high performance and features, video cards usually have an offer that ranges from 100 to 600 dollars, which meet the requirements of both workstations dedicated to video editing as demands of gamers and, in recent years, academic research to use their computational power.
However, Nvidia wanted to go further and announced the GeForce GTX Titan Z, a model that cost about $3000 in the U.S., a price that exceeds many of the more expensive computer models on the market.
Presented at the annual conference of the company, this video card has two graphics processing units (GPU) Kepler, which give a total of 5760 processing cores that run under the same clock cycle (not equal to a central processor – CPU, which are optimized for sequential calculations, but computational units that can be programmed and work in parallel).
The GeForce GTX Titan Z also has 12GB RAM and Nvidia claims that, despite the power it can offer, the board has a cooling system that minimizes noise that can issue a component of this type. It has 7.1 billion transistors per processor, running at 700 MHz, and with 6GB RAM for each (7 GHz); according to Nvidia achieves a performance of 8 teraflops of FP32 (32 bit floating point operations), a key part of information to potential buyers who do not use for gaming, but for various mathematical calculations.
“Those who wish to have the power of a supercomputer on their desk, this is the ideal option”, Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia said.
The mention of the executive is not accidental, since the technology used by the second fastest supercomputer in the world, called Titan and used by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the U.S., uses these Nvidia processors.