On Thursday Nvidia's latest "most powerful graphics card in the world" hits the market—the Kepler-based GeForce GTX Titan. Packed with a ridiculous number of CUDA cores, all the Teraflops you can eat and innovative features like display overclocking, it's sure to impress the hell out of people that watch performance monitors and keep their frame rate displayed at all times.
What impresses me the most about the GeForce GTX Titan is that I have one that's been running Far Cry 3 at max settings not two feet from my head for more than eight hours, and I can barely hear it.
The GeForce GTX Titan was built to power the world's first gaming supercomputers. In fact it utilizes the same GK110 graphics processing units used in each of the 18,688 Tesla K20X GPU accelerators inside Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Titan—the world's fastest supercomputer. With 2,688 CUDA cores and 7.1 billion transistors, the GK110 is pushing the limits of what the 28 nanometer scale can hold. There are many, many angels on this pinhead.
The card features 6GB onboard memory and a 384-bit memory interface, making it perfect for players looking to go super high definition or string together multiple monitors. It's capable of three-way SLI, a configuration Nvidia says is the only way to enjoy Crysis 3 maxed out across three monitors (5760x1080 resolution) at a playable frame rate. No doubt that claim will be vigorously tested by enthusiasts that pick up three of the cards when they officially release on Thursday.
What I've got here on my desk is the latest iteration of Digital Storm's Bolt. The super-slim PC has come quite a long way since I first tested it back in October. Back then it was noisy and novel, powerful enough to run games relatively well, but within minutes the system and graphics card fans would be working so hard you couldn't hear yourself think.