Nvidia has been sending out what appears to be a brand new Nvidia Titan RTX flagship graphics cards to various social media influencers such as The Slow Mo Guys, LinusTechTips and Deadmau5. They’ve all been posting not-so-subtle pictures of PC builds with Nvidia Titan RTX graphics cards and it’s giving me major Wayne’s World Pepsi flashbacks.
At the moment this has tipped well over from rumour to practically confirmed in a matter of hours. The Titan RTX looks very real and it looks as if it’s coming to market very soon indeed.
This generation Nvidia has kind of flipped its graphics card release schedule on its head. Launching with the traditional top-end enthusiast GPU, the RTX 2080 Ti, was unusual. We typically see a new GPU family top out with the x80, then the arrival of a prohibitively expensive Titan variant, before we finally get the x80 Ti which always ends up looking like a bargain when compared to the Titan series. This time we got the RTX 2080 Ti right out of the gate but users who’ve just splashed out the finest gaming graphics card money can buy may soon find themselves with the second fastest. Hopefully you performance obsessives have deep wallets...
Information on the Nvidia Titan RTX is flaky at best. We’ve got no specs whatsoever but it does appear to be using the same shroud design as the current crop of GeForce RTX 20 Series graphics cards, albeit with a premium-look gold finish. It’s practically guaranteed the Titan RTX will use the same Turing GPU architecture, which should at least help set it apart from the current Titan V.
Under the hood we’d expect to see a variant of the TU102 Turing GPU found in the Quadro RTX 6000 and the Quadro RTX 8000. Should Nvidia opt for a full-fat TU102, we’re looking at 4,608 CUDA Cores, 72 RT Cores anc 576 Tensor Cores. For point of reference, the GeForce RTX 2080 Ti has 4,352 CUDA Cores, 68 RT Cores and 544 Tensor Cores. All in all, not the biggest of upgrades then, unless Nvidia springs a surprise and includes a hefty amount of GDDR6 memory. It’s difficult to see just who such graphics card could be aimed at though as we’d expect pricing on the Nvidia Titan RTX to probably be in excess of $2000. For gamers, this wouldn’t represent a good deal at all. The GeForce RTX 2080 Ti would offer performance within a few percentage points for a considerably cheaper price point.
What do you make of Nvidia GPU release plan this time around? Can you see many folks splashing out for an Nvidia Titan RTX, or is its primary purpose to make the RTX 2080 Ti look like better value? Let us know your thoughts below!