Not content that its GeForce GTX Titan line of premium graphics cards costs more than many mainstream desktops, now Nvidia is readying a version that will be priced higher than almost all PCs.
Dubbed the Titan Z, it will combine a pair of GK110 "Kepler" chips that offer a total of 5,760 processing cores, along with 12GB of video memory. It will also combine all that with a mega-price tag -- $3,000. You can get an incredibly high-end PC for the same amount.
While Nvidia played up the gaming possibilities of the new board after CEO Jen-Hsun Huang introduced the Titan Z at the annual GPU Technology Conference (e.g., 5K gaming when 4K isn't even the norm), there will be very, very few gamers who can and will pony up three grand for a graphics card, no matter how powerful it may be.
Those thousands of cores will be used instead for GPGPU tasks (general-purpose computing on graphics processing units), which Nvidia has staked claim to with its CUDA architecture. As Huang put it: "If you’re in desperate need of a supercomputer that you need to fit under your desk, we have just the card for you."
The Titan Z unveiling came shortly after Nvidia showed off its next-generation GPU, dubbed Pascal. That won't be due until 2016, however, by which time the Titan Z's price may have dipped below $2,000.