Nvidia has officially announced the Titan RTX, its most powerful graphics card to date. Aimed primarily at assisting AI research and development, and creative applications, this GPU promises to deliver 130 teraflops (TFLOPS) of deep learning performance, and enough power for live 8K video editing.
This set up also sees Nvidia’s real-time ray tracing capabilities enhanced even further.
Talked up as a key benefit of the 20 Series line of GPUs, real-time ray tracing (commonly expressed as RT) is of interest to creatives and gamers, as it basically means that your computer can now more easily simulate realistic lighting effects in virtual environments, which is good news whether you’re working on movie after effects, or you simply want Battlefield 5’s explosion-heavy environments to look more realistic.
The Titan RTX, affectionately dubbed ‘T-Rex’, will be able to render 11 GigaRays a second, which is one better than what the Nvidia RTX 2080 Ti, the current cream of the GeForce 20 Series crop, can manage.
Related: Nvidia RTX 2080
Nvidia Titan RTX Performance: How powerful is the Nvidia Titan RTX?
Compared with the RTX 2080 Ti, which has 544 Turing Tensor cores giving you 114 TFLOPS on the AI engine, the Titan RTX has 576 Tensor Cores, which promise 130 TFLOPS.
Similarly, a higher number of RT cores (72) than what you get on the 2080 Ti (68) means that virtual light will look even more realistic inside rendered environments.
This is backed up with 24GB of GDDR6 memory (more than double than the 11GB you get on the 2080 Ti) providing 672GB/s of bandwidth. If that wasn’t enough, you can pair two T-Rexes thanks to Nvidia NVLink to scale memory.
Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of Nvidia, said: “Turing is Nvidia’s biggest advance in a decade – fusing shaders, ray tracing, and deep learning to reinvent the GPU. The introduction of T-Rex puts Turing within reach of millions of the most demanding PC users — developers, scientists and content creators.”
If you’re picturing this stonkasaurus of a graphics card, chances are you’re already thinking about extending your credit limit and throwing down for one in order to build a dream gaming rig.
If that is you, Nvidia wants you to stop right there, because this isn’t the GPU you’re looking for.
If you need an Nvidia GPU for gaming, your best option is already available – it’s the RTX 2080 Ti. Nvidia is keen to stress that T-Rex is for developers, creatives and scientists first and foremost.
Of course, that’s not going to stop deep pocketed petrolheads from shelling out for one (or two), so if that’s you, expect to spend a lot.
Read more: Best gaming PC
Nvidia Titan RTX Release Date: When is the Nvidia Titan RTX coming out?
A solid release date hasn’t yet been given, but it’s due to go on sale “later this month”, so some time in December 2018 – just in time for Christmas.
Nvidia Titan RTX Price: How much will the Nvidia Titan RTX cost?
A UK price is still TBC, but Nvidia has listed $2499 USD as the price for the RTX Titan. At the time of publication, this converts to £1964. Once VAT and local adjustments have been worked out, we expect that the figure in pounds sterling would climb to something around £2000-£2200. This is speculation, mind. Once Nvidia reveals global pricing, we’ll update this section.
What do you think of the Titan RTX? Is it still too soon to shell out thousands for a new GPU when it’s still early days for ray tracing, and 20 Series cards have barely been on sale? Or are you going to max out your credit card regardless? Either way, let us know on Twitter @TrustedReviews.