if you thought that Nvidia RTX 3090 Ti was expensive, let me welcome you to the world of high-end data center supercomputing. Japanese retailer G-Dep has opened pre-orders on Nvidia H100 80GB Workstation GPU (thanks to overclockers) for the totally reasonable price of 4,745,950 yen. That’s about $36,000.
Nvidia announced the H100 as the new flagship GPU for AI and data center work. It contains 80 billion transistors, which is 26 billion more than the current A100 GPU. Doubles and triples the performance of the A100 depending on the task.
Just in case you can actually add this thing to your cart and ship it from Japan, I should add that it’s not optimized for gaming. You wouldn’t want to play around with it: it’s designed to handle extremely complex and power-hungry calculations, dealing with AI and high-performance computing applications, not Doom Eternal. However, you could probably open your own portal to hell by connecting enough of them together.
Nvidia’s Hopper architecture has a new instruction set called DPX. It is designed to increase performance in fields as varied as disease diagnosis, quantum simulation, graph analysis and routing optimizations.
Speaking of juice, high-powered, high-end GPUs look like they might be the normal in the future for gamers and data center operators, with rumors that the RTX 40 series cards carry a TGP like high like 900W.
The H100 is expected to go on sale later this year. G-Dep offers monthly installment plans to help with upfront costs. For context, Nvidia’s current-generation A100GPU, the A100 80GB, is selling for 1,795,750 yen ($12,300) if you’re looking for a bargain.