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Nvidia Titan RTX is the 'world's most powerful' desktop GPU

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It was rumored the Titan RTX might "only" ship with 12GB of GDDR6 memory, but is instead outfitted with twice that amount-T-Rex wields 24GB of GDDR6 memory underneath the hood, pushing 672GB/s of memory bandwidth.

Nvidia has launched the recently teased Titan RTX, which it variously refers to as "The Titan of Turing" and "T-Rex". And while that might be nearly a third cheaper than old mate Quadro RTX 6000 (it's over $11,000) - it ain't nothing.

Current thinking about the key hardware specs which could be on offer with the RTX Titan are; a full Turing TU102 GPU (with 4,608 CUDA cores, 288 TMUs, 96 ROPs, plus 576 Tensor cores and 72 RT cores), with 12GB of GDDR6 memory. For gamers, that means the new Titan card will basically function like a souped up RTX 2080 Ti, while having fewer issues than the Titan V did with games.

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. Meanwhile, early problems plaguing the RTX 2080 Ti were confirmed to be caused by Nvidia inadvertently shipping defective cards from the factory. In theory that's up to a 21 percent performance advantage.

The company called the Titan RTX the "world's most powerful desktop GPU" in its announcement Monday, saying that it delivers 130 teraflops of deep learning performance and 11 GigaRays of ray-tracing performance, the next-generation rendering technique that realistically models how light interacts with objects to produce cinema-quality graphics in real time.

Regardless of the larger than normal performance bump for a Titan card, Nvidia generally doesn't push Titan cards as gaming-focused solutions. Buy hey, at least it's $500 cheaper than the Titan V.

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