The granddaddy of all Ada GPUs.
GeForce RTX 4090 is among the best graphics cards, but it may not be the best that Nvidia’s Ada Lovelace architecture has to offer. Moore’s Law is Dead (opens in a new tab) on YouTube asserts that Nvidia has an ace up its sleeve: the Titan RTX Ada. This is merely a rumor, so any information or images should be taken with a healthy dose of salt — at least several spoonfuls!
It has been quite some time since Nvidia released a Titan product. The final Titan was the Titan RTX, a monster graphics card from the Turing era of 2018 with an MSRP of $2,499. Afterward, Nvidia appeared to abandon the Titan brand with Ampere, offering the RTX 3090 Ti as an alternative, but it may return with Ada Lovelace if rumors are accurate. The YouTuber published renders of a Titan RTX Ada prototype, which they claim are based on photographs they have in their possession.
And allow me to pause there for a moment. Why would someone share renders of a product when they already have photographs? (Yes, “We must protect our sources!”) However, renders are significantly simpler to forge, and there has already been meme renders of future Nvidia GPUs circulating online. However, if true, the future Titan appears absurdly enormous.
The GeForce RTX 4090 is already quite large, but based on these renders, the Titan RTX Ada will dwarf it. The renders depict a quad-slot graphics card with the same Founder’s Edition cooler design as Nvidia’s RTX 4090 and RTX 4080 products. Additionally, the PCB may be “sandwiched” with a thicker plate on the back of the graphics card to aid in cooling. The Titan RTX Ada will likely have 48GB of GDDR6X in split mode, where Nvidia places memory modules on both sides of the PCB (i.e., similar to the RTX 3090 and previous Titan cards).
The renders also depict the Titan RTX Ada flaunting a gold finish, as was the case with the previous Titan RTX graphics card. The quad-slot cooling system will likely be required if the rumors about the Ada Titan being a 650W graphics card that can reach 700W with manual overclocking are true.
The AD102 die is utilized by Nvidia for various Ada SKUs, including the GeForce RTX 4090 and RTX 6000 Ada. AD102, which is 608mm2 in size, contains 144 Streaming Multiprocessors (SMs). GeForce RTX 4090 has 128 enabled SMs, while RTX 6000 Ada has 142 enabled SMs. There appears to be sufficient space for a GeForce RTX 4090 Ti, a Titan RTX Ada, or both. The GeForce RTX 4090 Ti is rumored to share the same core configuration as the RTX 6000 Ada, so rumor has it that only the Titan RTX Ada will utilize the full AD102 silicon.
The Titan RTX Ada would be able to utilize 18,432 CUDA cores, 576 Tensor cores, and 144 RT cores if the AD102 die were complete. As with the other GPUs in the 40-series, clock speeds are unknown but are likely to fall between 2.5 and 2.7 GHz. Additionally, it appears that the GPU will feature 48GB of GDDR6X, which is twice as much as the GeForce RTX 4090. As a result of Micron’s mass production of 24 Gbps GDDR6X modules, the Titan RTX Ada will likely have double the capacity and bandwidth.
The memory bandwidth of the GeForce RTX 4090’s 21 Gbps GDDR6X memory and 384-bit interface is 1,008 GB/s. Assuming the Titan RTX Ada is equipped with 24 Gbps GDDR6X modules, it would theoretically generate 1,152 GB/s, which is 14% more than the GeForce RTX 4090.
GeForce RTX 4090 is a 450W TDP graphics card with a single 16-pin power connector (12VHPWR). Nvidia may equip the Titan RTX Ada with two 16-pin power connectors if the leaked renderings are accurate. Due to the numerous instances of the connector and Nvidia adapter melting on the GeForce RTX 4090, many would argue that having two connectors is unnecessary.
According to the leaker, Nvidia has not set a firm release date for the Ada Titan, so don’t expect to see it on store shelves anytime soon. However, the chip manufacturer reportedly has a Titan prototype in its laboratories. So it could be waiting for AMD to make a power play with the RDNA 3 before unleashing the beast, or it could be awaiting the Spring GTC (GPU Technology Conference).
Given the overpriced GeForce RTX 40-series graphics cards, it is likely that Nvidia will price the upcoming Titan Ada at $2,999 — the same price as the Titan V. The Titan RTX was originally priced at $2,499, but that was four years ago. As professional RTX 6000, Ada graphics cards are currently priced between $7,500 and $10,000, a “prosumer” alternative costing $3,000 would not be unexpected.
Will the Titan brand make a comeback? We remain skeptical, as Nvidia appears to prefer having more expensive professional cards with a significant price difference between the GeForce model (RTX 4090 and formerly the 3090/3090 Ti) and the equivalent professional card (RTX A6000 and now RTX 6000 Ada). However, if the years have taught us anything, it is that Nvidia prefers to keep its options open. So, given that consumer cards already sell for more than $2,000, why not introduce a 50% more expensive model that is 50% faster? Just do not claim it is for gaming.