The overpriced and underperforming competitor to AMD’s Radeon R295X2 gets its first hardware win.
For Nvidia, the Titan Z was an embarrassing exercise in hubris: the company’s attempt to build the world’s fastest consumer card ended in long-delayed product that is outperformed by the competing dual-GPU Radeon R295X2 and certainly much more expensive. But the dud of a card isn’t relegated entirely to the world of CUDA high-performance computing research quite yet: its found a hardware win with Alienware’s Aurora gaming rig.
The Alienware Aurora system is available from Dell for $3,799, and includes an Intel Core i7-4820K, 8GB of DDR3-1600MHz RAM as well as a 2TB 7200rpm HDD. The centerpiece of the system, the Titan Z, has 5760 CUDA cores, 12GB of GDDR5 memory, and 8 TeraFLOPS of compute power.
But of course, better deals can be found with a GPU setup that’s more efficient that the Titan Z. It would be fair to ask how much Nvidia is paying Dell to take this card, as previous rumors (that are somewhat questionable at best) hold that Nvidia aggressively tries to woo PC makers to its products with cash payouts.