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Titan Xp now official, will also support Mac OS X

The new TITAN Xp has 12 GB GDDR5X VRAM, 3840 CUDA cores, and 12 TFLOPS of performance. (Source: Nvidia)
The new TITAN Xp has 12 GB GDDR5X VRAM, 3840 CUDA cores, and 12 TFLOPS of performance. (Source: Nvidia)
The new GPU is equipped with 12 GB of GDDR5X memory clocked at 11.4 Gbps, 3840 CUDA cores clocked at ~1.6 GHz, and boasts 12 TFLOPs of performance. Nvidia will also begin developing drivers for Mac OS X.

How much graphical horsepower can you get for $1200? Based on Nvidia’s new TITAN Xp GPU, a boatload.

The latest Pascal-based GPU from Nvidia debuted today. The TITAN Xp boasts a lot of power and “pushes more cores, faster clocks, faster memory, and more TFLOPS than its predecessor, the 2016 Pascal-powered TITAN X.” The graphical monster packs 12 GB of GDDR5X VRAM running at 11.4 Gbps, 3840 CUDA cores clocked at a max of 1582 MHz, and pushes out 12 Teraflops of “brute force.” This places it at the top of Nvidia’s already impressive Pascal line and currently takes the crown for the most powerful GPU on the market.

But that power will set you back a cool $1200. Enthusiasts with deep pockets are limited to buying two cards through Nvidia’s site at the moment.

In addition to the introduction of a new powerhouse GPU, Nvidia announced that they will be writing new Pascal drivers for Apple’s OS X operating system. These drivers will allow Mac users access to Nvidia’s line of powerful 10 series graphics cards. This could potentially be huge; there has been a lot of community and corporate development focused on making Thunderbolt 3 external GPUs compatible with the new Macbook Pro models. The combination of Thunderbolt 3 eGPUs and Pascal-based cards could be a huge boon for creative professionals that use Macs. The Macbook Pro has been criticized for its underwhelming graphical prowess compared to similarly priced Windows notebooks.

It’s interesting that Nvidia announced the upcoming drivers a few days after Apple stated they would rework the desktop Mac Pro to focus on power and modularity. Could this be a hint that we’ll see Nvidia GPUs in the next Mac Pro? We’ll have to wait a while for any confirmation on that front; Apple has said that the new Mac Pro won’t be seen until 2018 at the earliest.


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Sam Medley, 2017-04- 6 (Update: 2017-04- 6)