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Rumour: NVIDIA GTX Titan to have 915MHz GPU Clock, 512-Bit Memory Bus?
Their product page briefly listed the Asus version before it was taken down. Of course, said product page was dutifully snapped by our friends over at VideoCardz before this happened, preserving their leak forever. Interestingly, the product listing shows the card as having a 915MHz GPU clock speed with a boost clock of 1019MHz, memory clock of 6008MHz effective, a memory size of 6GB and a 512-bit memory bus width.
This is interesting for several reasons. Firstly, the GPU clock and memory clock are the same speed as the current GTX 690 and this GPU speed is much faster than the previously rumoured 732MHz. Then, we have the memory bus width of 512 bits which would be considerably better than the previously reported 384-bit one. However, it's a strange one given that the memory size is given as 6GB and the GPU only has 15 SMX units max for the uncut version (see article picture). This looks like a typo, because a power of two bus width would require 16 SMX units and either 4GB or 8GB of RAM to be attached, which is also a power of two.
This is why 6GB is an odd figure, so something is wrong here. I'm inclined to believe that the 512-bit spec is a typo, especially as the GeForce version is likely to have only 14 SMX units, rather than the full 15. This gives rise to 2688 Cuda Cores for 14 SMX units as opposed to the 2880 Cuda Cores for 15 SMX units in the Tesla K20 HPC card which is based on the full, uncut GK110 GPU. Of course, if the full GK110 had 16 SMX units, then we would see a massive 3072 Cuda Cores and a 512-bit memory bus. But we'll just have to continue dreaming about such a chip since NVIDIA didn't design this version, no doubt due to transistor, power and heat budget constraints.
Other details listed about this card include two dual DVI-I ports, one DVI-D port and one mini-DisplayPort. There's no mention of a HDMI port, but missing out such an obvious and widely used port that other recent NVIDIA cards use seems unlikely. Then again, one of the other ports could work with a suitable HDMI adapter plug or adapter cable. Finally the price is set at a wallet-busting AUD 1599. Of course, this is pre-release pricing, so should be considered as a guide only. Some of the details on Austin Computers' product page are likely to be correct however, since this is the third leaked retailer's website to show such information, giving some weight to it. As ever, these details should be taken with a large pinch of salt until the official launch.
GeForce Titan specs compared to other NVIDIA cards and to AMD's HD 7970 GE:
For us enthusiasts who like to know these things, here are the bus widths for recent generations of NVIDIA graphics cards:
GTX 580 - 384-bit
GTX 480 - 384-bit
GTX 285 - 512-bit
GTX 285 - 512-bit
Note that there are no true 300 series cards, since these were all low end OEM cards which were simple rebrands of the 200 series designed to fool uneducated buyers of prebuilt PCs, so are therefore completely uninteresting to enthusiasts.
Finally, we have included NVIDIA's official GK110 white paper below for those who want to check out the architecture and capabilities of this GPU. While it doesn't state the GPU's memory bus width, it does show it as having only 15 SMX units, rather than a "perfect" 16.
NVIDIA-Kepler-GK110-Architecture-Whitepaper.pdf 1.67MB 79 downloads