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Jan 20th, 2014

NVIDIA to launch GeForce GTX TITAN Black Edition and GeForce GTX 790

GeForce TITAN Black and GTX 790

This year is going to be full of surprises. The rumor has it that NVIDIA is planning at least two high-end video cards for the first quarter of 2014.

The exact launch dates were not confirmed, but we are looking at a two-months time frame.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX TITAN Black Edition

Let me start by saying this is probably the same card I’ve been writing about few weeks ago — GTX 780 Ti Black Edition. All we know for sure is that it’s a TITAN replacement and it would supposedly come with a black cooler.

The new TITAN would sport the same GPU as GTX 780 Ti, only TITAN BLACK would have higher double precision computing performance, thus more FP64 CUDA cores. The GTX TITAN Black Edition is also said to feature 6GB memory buffer. This is twice as much as GTX 780 Ti, and it pretty much confirms we won’t be seeing any 6GB Ti’s.

The rest is pretty much well known, TITAN BLACK has 2880 CUDA cores, 240 TMUs and 48 ROPs.

TITAN Black will most likely cost $999. NVIDIA will release it soon, the exact date is yet to be confirmed, but it’s most likely dictated by the 1st Gen TITAN stocks.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 790

The new TITAN will not replace GTX 780 Ti in terms of performance. TITAN series are basically a bridge between Quadro and GeForce models. Most gamers would still stick to the 780 Ti, because of the better price and similar performance.

That said, NVIDIA can’t do anything more than launch a first dual-GPU model from 700 series.

I already posted the possible specs of GTX 790. I could not verify those numbers, so please treat them with a grain of salt. Some sites took it too serious and posted them as ‘leaked’, as if it was a solid information.

GeForce GTX 790 won’t feature full GK110 cores. Instead we are expecting two 2496 CUDA-packed processors giving 4992 in total. What is also interesting is that GTX 790 will not have dual 384-bit interface, but 320 . This will also mean it won’t have 2x 6GB memory, but 2x 5GB configuration instead, that’s 10GB in total.

For those wondering why on earth would it not have full configuration, the answer is simple — power consumption. NVIDIA is aiming at 300W TDP, which is only possible with a cut-down components and lower clocks.

The GeForce GTX 790 is expected to launch shortly after GTX TITAN Black, most likely in February, maybe even in March.

Possible specs of GeForce GTX TITAN BE and GTX 790
GeForce GTX 780 Ti GeForce GTX TITAN “Black Edition” GeForce GTX 790
GPU 28nm GK110 28nm GK110 2x 28nm GK110
GPU Config 2880 : 240 : 48 2880 : 240 : 48 4992 : 416 : 80
Video Memory 3GB GDDR5 6GB GDDR5 10GB GDDR5
Memory Bus 384-bit 384-bit 2x 320-bit
TDP 250W 250W 300W
Price $699 $999 $999+
Launch Date November 2013 February 2014 March 2014