When NVIDIA rolled out the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti card back in February, it led to some well-deserved criticism over the fact that the new card easily surpassed the more expensive Titan X. It was beyond most of us to grasp why would the company do such a thing to its own top-of-the-shelf product.
Less than a couple of months later, NVIDIA has finally laid all those concerns down to rest by launching the new NVIDIA Titan Xp graphics card — a $1200 beast powered by the full-blown GP102 die.
In terms of specs, the Titan Xp fares much better compared to the GTX 1080 Ti — all thanks to its 3840 CUDA core. The new card also flaunts 12 GB of GDDR5X RAM running at 11.4 GHz. This would help push pixels and voxels at 547.7 Gbps, up from 480 Gbps. That’s fast enough for handling resource intensive titles such as Crysis as if it were Candy Crush. Needless to say, this is as good as the gaming community could expect from NVIDIA for catering to their seemingly never satiating hunger for better graphics — at least for now.
One question has been bugging us though. One, what’s the long-term strategic implications of NVIDIA launching another top-notch graphics card so soon after unveiling the 1080 Ti.
One plausible explanation is that the move was taken to ensure that the Titan brand is kept fresh. That would make sense too, considering that the $1200 Titan X card ended up being more of a loose end in NVIDIA’s portfolio when there was a $699 option available in the market that delivers more or less the same performance.
The new card hands down wins the title of “Kind of Graphics Cards”, pushing back the GTX 1080 Ti to a distant second spot. But having said that, for most gamers who are after a more budget-friendly option, the GTX 1080 Ti is likely to make the better choice between the two.
On a related note, it looks like NVIDIA is releasing a new drive later this month to pave the way for better compatibility with Mac Systems. According to an ExtremeTech report, the new drive will fetch support to Pascal-based systems on Apple’s ecosystem.