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Nvidia Unveils Titan Xp, Mac Support for Pascal GPUs

Nvidia on Thursday replaced its Titan X with a new flagship graphics card, the $1,200 Titan Xp.

It boasts 12GB of GDDR5X memory with 11.4Gbps of throughput and 3,840 processor cores running at 1.6GHz, which results in 12 teraflops of performance. Those specs make it comparable to the the recently announced GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, which is a consumer card designed primarily for gaming.

The new Titan Xp, on the other hand, is designed to deliver "extreme performance for extreme users where every drop counts," according to an Nvidia blog post. In other words, the Titan Xp's market is aimed at people who need to harness a GPU for tasks like processing neural networks, not just for gaming.

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To that end, the Titan Xp is also compatible with Macs, which often find their way into the studios of professionals with immense processing demands. The card is available for sale now directly from Nvidia, and the company plans to release Mac-compatible drivers later this month. Once it does, the Titan Xp will be the first card based on the Pascal architecture to support Apple computers.

For Mac users who don't need the Titan Xp's flagship performance, Nvidia said the new drivers will also enable support for all Pascal GPUs, including the GTX 1080 Ti, which is several hundred dollars cheaper.

In addition to buying the new card from Nvidia (which has a limit of two per customer), customers will also be able to order systems with a Titan Xp pre-installed; Nvidia says those PCs will be on the market soon.

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