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Nvidia's monstrous new Titan X graphics card stomps onto the scene, powered by Pascal

Brad Chacos | Aug. 3, 2016
Meet the new Pascal-based Titan X, which is nothing like the old Titan X.

If you do decide to pick one up, Nvidia will be the only manufacturer, so consumers in North America and Europe will have to buy the Titan X Pascal from GeForce.com, or get it as part of a custom system via a handful of boutique system builders (like Falcon Northwest and Origin PC). It’ll roll out in Asia soon. In countries where you can’t buy from Nvidia directly, the card will be offered by its partners, but they’ll still be made by Nvidia.

There are two points worth noting. First, the price: The Titan X Pascal is $1,200, or $200 more than the original Titan X’s MSRP. That continues the GTX 10-series trend of being priced higher than their Maxwell GPU-based predecessors. You have to wonder how much the inevitable GTX 1080 Ti—which will likely be more gamer-focused—will cost at launch.

Second, availability is a question. The high-end GTX 1080 hasn’t stayed in stock reliably since its launch, which in turn has resulted in inflated street prices. (The GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 have had more stock, but are still in high demand.) Don’t expect Titan X Pascal prices to go sky-high since they’re being sold only by Nvidia, but stocks may very well be limited in the near term. Or not! We’ll have to see. The demand for a $1,200 card will no doubt be lower than for even a $600-plus card like the GTX 1080.

Regardless, this thing looks like an utter monster. There’s a new Titan in town, and it’ll be the proverbial 800-pound gorilla for a while—AMD’s enthusiast-class “Vega” cards with HBM2 aren’t expected until at least the end of the year, or possibly 2017.

 

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