Volta Arrives: nVidia Announces Titan V Graphics Card Specs [UPDATE]

By Published December 07, 2017 at 11:17 pm
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NVidia introduced its new Titan V GPU, which the company heralds as the “world’s most powerful GPU for the PC.” The Titan V graphics card is targeted at scientific calculations and simulation, and very clearly drops any and all “GTX” or “gaming” branding.

The Titan V hosts 21.1B transistors (perspective: the 1080 Ti has 12B, P100 has 15.3B), is capable of driving 110TFLOPS of Tensor compute, and uses the Volta GPU architecture. We are uncertain of the lower level specs, and do not presently have a block diagram for the card. We have asked for both sets of data.

The Titan V is a supercomputing card, a good fit for the present machine learning focus of Volta. The Titan V uses the same Tensor Core design as detailed with the V100 announcement, and also moves to combine L1 cache and shared memory, which should make development (particularly CUDA/tensor software) easier to undertake.

nvidia titanv pcb vrm

NVidia’s Titan V is built on 12nm FFN silicon, accompanied by 12GB HBM2 on the interposer.

The card is available at $3000 for direct purchase. It should go without saying, of course, that you shouldn’t buy this for gaming – it won’t be very good at it, as the card is built to lead in machine learning and scientific development.

We’ll release more information as it is received.

NVIDIA Titan V Specs

NVIDIA Pascal Specs Comparison
  Titan V  Tesla V100 Tesla P100 GTX 1080 Ti GTX 1080
GPU GV100 GV100 GP100 Cut-Down Pascal GP102 Pascal GP104-400 Pascal
Transistor Count 21.1B 21.1B 15.3B 12B 7.2B
Fab Process 12nm FFN 12nm FFN 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET
CUDA Cores / Tensor Cores 5120 / 640 5120 / 640 3584 / 0 3584 / 0  2560 / 0
TMUs 320   224 224 160
ROPs ?   96 (?) 88 64
Core Clock 1200MHz   1328MHz - 1607MHz
Boost Clock 1455MHz 1370MHz 1480MHz 1600MHz 1733MHz
FP32 TFLOPs 15TFLOPs 14TFLOPs 10.6TFLOPs ~11.4TFLOPs 9TFLOPs
Memory Type HBM2 HBM2 HBM2 GDDR5X GDDR5X
Memory Capacity 12GB 16GB 16GB 11GB 8GB
Memory Clock 1.7Gbps HBM2 1.75Gbps HBM2 ? 11Gbps 10Gbps GDDR5X
Memory Interface 3072-bit 4096-bit 4096-bit 352-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 653GB/s 900GB/s ? ~484GBs 320.32GB/s
Total Power Budget ("TDP") 250W 250W 300W 250W 180W
Power Connectors 1x 8-pin
1x 6-pin
  ? 1x 8-pin
1x 6-pin
1x 8-pin
Release Date 12/07/2017   4Q16-1Q17 TBD 5/27/2016
Release Price $3000 $10000 - $700 Reference: $700
MSRP: $600
Now: $500

UPDATES

The Titan V reference PCB -- presumably the only PCB that will exist -- uses a 16-phase DrMOS VRM. The cooling solution is the same as used on the GTX 10 series of cards, including the 1080 Ti, and so uses a vapor chamber with radial blower fan. This matches the 250W TDP, as further reinforced by 1x 8-pin + 1x 6-pin power connectors. The cooler can't take much more than that, anyway. As for NVIDIA Titan V specs, the card is using a GV100 GPU with 5120 CUDA cores and 640 Tensor Cores, clocked to 1200MHz base / 1455MHz boost on the CUDA cores. The card also hosts 320 TMUs. Here is the block diagram from the original Volta announcement:

nvidia volta block diagram

And here is the V100 SM block diagram from this year's Volta unveil in May:

nvidia volta sm diagram

- Steve Burke

Last modified on December 08, 2017 at 11:17 pm
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