Earlier this week, Nvidia announced their newest top-of-the-line GeForce consumer graphics card: the GTX TITAN-Z. Targeted at gamers and buyers where money is not an object, the $2,999 USD card sports a monstrous 12GB of memory, a single-fan industrial design similar to Nvidia’s other top-tier reference cards and packs dual GK110 chips to achieve a total core count of 5,760.
The card takes up 3 expansion slots, though the picture makes it look a lot like a 2 slot card, and has markedly double the performance of a GTX TITAN Black. Nvidia also mentions this graphics card is 5K-ready (5120 X 2700 pixels) on a single display output port; speaking of which, the options for piping out visuals are a pretty standard 2 x DVI, HDMI and full-sized DisplayPort.
Along with the GTX TITAN-Z, Nvidia also announced NVLink, a fast interface that can connect graphics cards and CPUs at speeds 5 to 12 times faster than today’s interfaces, such as PCI Express 3.0. NVLink will be added to Nvidia’s Pascal GPU architecture which is expected to be launched in 2016. This will likely be deployed to enterprise and server environments first, but has great potential when it trickles down into consumer-level hardware such as desktop PCs and future generations of consoles.