Nvidia reveals $3000 GTX Titan Z graphics card for “supercomputer-inspired performance”

Today during Nvidia’s annual GPU Technology Conference, the company announced the GeForce GTX Titan Z, a new graphics card that promises to deliver "supercomputer-inspired performance." The card will sell for $3000.

The GeForce GTX Titan Z is built around two Kepler GPUs and 12GB of dedicated frame buffer memory. It features two GK110 chips, and is powered by a total of 5,760 processing cores, or 2,880 cores per GPU. It has also been engineered for 5K and multi-monitor gaming.

"If you’re in desperate need of a supercomputer that you need to fit under your desk, we have just the card for you," Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang said (via the Nvidia blog).

Nvidia says its Titan Z GPU is different than other dual-GPU cards because its GPUs are tuned to run at the same clock speed, and feature "dynamic power balancing." This means, according to Nvidia, that neither GPU will face a performance bottleneck.

"And that performance is delivered in a card that is cool and quiet, rather than hot and loud. Low-profile components and ducted baseplate channels minimize turbulence and improves acoustic quality," Nvidia said.

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How much does your car really cost?

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It’s easy to get wrapped up in certain aspects of a new car, like its speed, agility or looks while ignoring more pragmatic things like cost of ownership or residual values. The 2013 AAA Your Driving Costs report, though, indicates that these more mundane aspects of car ownership may be what are leaving us so darn broke each month.

For example, the study, which is recapped by The Wall Street Journal, indicates that driving 15,000 miles per year in a typical family sedan like a Toyota Camry or Ford Fusion will cost its owner over $9,000 per year, which is split between common costs like gas and maintenance and not so obvious things like depreciation and registration costs (among other things). That’s a lot of money, but it’s worse if you drive an SUV – that’s $11,600 per year, according to AAA.

How do you trim those costs, though? According to AAA, being smart about your purchase is the first step. For example, buying a size down could save you about $2K a year if driven for 15,000 miles each year. "In the showroom it might be a $5,000 difference, but in the long term it’s a five-figure difference," said Michael Calkins, the manager of technical services for AAA.

Calkins’ other bit of advice, though, is a bit tougher to swallow – don’t buy a new vehicle. Citing the depreciation hit taken by new cars in the first year of ownership, Calkins recommends sampling the used market. There are a number of reasons we might argue against this point, not least of which is that there’s no way of knowing what sort of driver the previous owner was or how well they maintained the car during its first few years on the road.

The other two cost-saving strategies are more obvious. First, AAA recommends reading the owner’s manual in order to figure out the right maintenance schedule. Changing your oil every three months or 3,000 miles, especially on a newer car, just isn’t as necessary as it may have been in past years. The other recommendation is to ask about insurance costs before buying a new car.

"You’d think that a subcompact economy car would be really cheap to insure, but that’s not necessarily always the case," Calkins told WSJ. "Conversely, with an expensive car, say, a Mercedes, the cost may actually be fairly reasonable because the people who own those cars tend to drive them very carefully."

Hop over to The Wall Street Journal for the full story on the AAA report.

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