Friday, February 15, 2013

ARES II & GTX Titan; The Best Graphics Cards Not for Sale Yet

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 690 currently holds the title as the best graphics card; packing two 28nm Kepler GPUs loaded with a whopping 3,072 Cuda cores. It costs a cool grand.

But two graphics cards could trump it:

ASUS' ARES II features two AMD Radeon HD 7970 GHz Edition GPUs, and has a slimline two-slot design. The manufacturer claims it's the fastest graphics card available, outperforming the GeForce GTX 690 reference card by some 13 percent. There's 6GB of video memory, 1,100MHz boost clock, 1,050MHz base clock and 2 x 384-bit memory interface.

The only problem is that there is no release date on this beast nor a price tag (although it's assumed to be $1000-1200.)

The second to battle for the crown is Nvidia's pricey new flagship, the GeForce GTX Titan, that would be a graphics-focused adaptation of the beefy Tesla K20 computing card. It is said to pack 2,688 shader units, a 384-bit memory bus and 6GB of RAM, all with one chip -- for reference, the GTX 690 needs two GPUs to offer 3,072 shader units and has 4GB of RAM.

Again there is no release date nor price tag (again $1000-1200 is thrown out as a figure.)

These cards are some hefty monsters to put inside your PC; best have the proper rig to cage them.


Daniel, Jedi Editor
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