Nvidia debuts new Titan Xp top-end GPU, now with Mac assist

When Nvidia launched the GTX 1080 Ti on the finish of February, it short-circuited its personal highest-end product, the 6-month previous Nvidia Titan X, because of greater clocks and a a lot cheaper price tag ($700, in contrast with $1,200). Now, Nvidia is rectifying that concern with a full-fat GP102 half — the Titan Xp.

The Titan Xp sports activities 3840 cores, 240 texture items, and 96 ROPS, in contrast with the 1080 Ti’s 3584:224:88 configuration. We don’t know the cardboard’s base clock but, however Nvidia’s press launch claims 3840 CUDA cores working at 1.6GHz. It’s not clear if that refers back to the base clock — in that case, the Titan Xp can be clocked considerably greater than another GP102 available on the market at present. We all know it packs an eye-popping 547GB/s of reminiscence bandwidth and a 12GB body buffer.


The aim of a card like that is easy: At $1,200, it isn’t meant to characterize a very nice deal; it’s meant to function a halo product for these significantly discerning and well-heeled prospects who need one thing just a bit quicker, just a little nicer, than every part else available on the market. Even the 1080 Ti goes to be a greater deal than the Titan Xp, so far as worth/efficiency ratios are involved.

New driver units add Mac assist

The opposite attention-grabbing tidbit to come back out of this announcement is that Nvidia is promising a brand new driver set, due later this month, that can add full Mac assist for the complete Pascal product traces. Anybody with a 10-series Nvidia GPU ought to be capable of use that GPU of their Mac, no drawback… supplied, in fact, that you’ve got a comparatively previous Mac Professional.

There’s a sure stage of absurdity to the present state of affairs. Until you purchase an exterior dock and create a customized resolution for your self through Thunderbolt, you’re not plugging a 10-class GPU right into a MacBook Professional, MacBook Air, or MacBook. iMac? No means. Mac mini? The GPU is bigger than the system. And we already lined the limitations of the current Mac Pro, and why Apple has to revamp its personal “groundbreaking” chassis to permit it to work with trendy .

It isn’t clear if these drivers are restricted to Mac Professionals that assist macOS Sierra (10.12) or not. Solely the mid-2010 and mid-2012 Mac Professionals had been up to date formally for Sierra, although apparently Xeon workstations from 2008 and 2009 will be unofficially upgraded to Sierra (at which level, presumably, the 10-series GPU would nonetheless work with them).

Nvidia may be hinting that it expects to take AMD’s slice of the Apple market when Apple refreshes the Mac Professional. Apple has relied on AMD GPU silicon for quite a lot of years, however that might change if Staff Inexperienced provided them a candy sufficient deal.

About the author