Pretty in Black: NVIDIA Titan Black GPU Unveiled, Plus ‘Maxwell’ GPUs

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan BlackTired of sub-par graphics cards on gaming laptops? If so, you might want to check out the new, more powerful desktop graphics cards from NVIDIA, starting with the GeForce Titan Black. The Titan Black is the newest cutting-edge card from GPU-giant NVIDIA, and is designed for gamers, artists, enthusiasts and professionals who need the absolute best graphics experience possible.

Developed from the previous GTX Titan GPU from a year ago, the new Titan Black is advertised as having 10% faster performance than the Titan, due to its 2880 CUDA cores versus 2688 in its predecessor. With 6 GB of frame buffer memory and the capability to support multiple 4K displays using up to 4-way SLI and double-precision computational accuracy, the Titan Black lives up to its legacy as the building block for the Titan supercomputer housed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

Boutique PC builders Origin have announced that it will offer the card in their Chronos, Genesis and Millennium systems, but be warned: with great power comes a great price tag. Cards with the GeForce GTX Titan Black will likely run you in the range of $1000 each.

In addition to the Titan Black, NVIDIA also introduced all-new GPUs based on its Maxwell architecture, bringing more speed to the average consumer market for a less steep price tag. NVIDIA’s new Maxwell architecture offers more power in their next-gen GeForce GTX 750 and GeForce GTX 750Ti GPUs, as well as improved power efficiency.

The GTX 750 and 750Ti are many times more power efficient than the Kepler architecture of the Titan and Titan Black since they can turn off CUDA core groups that are idle, providing an advertised 135% performance per core, and twice the performance per watt. This also leads to the Maxwell GPUs having a much lower thermal profile than Kepler cards, and doesn’t require a supplementary six-pin power cable, opening the door for more budget desktops to achieve a discrete GPU upgrade.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 has a suggested retail price of $119 with a 1 GB buffer and 512 CUDA cores, and the GeForce GTX 750Ti will start at $149, with a 2GB buffer and 640 CUDA cores.

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