When Nvidia introduced its new RTX series of consumer-level gaming graphics cards, they flipped the script by outing the RTX 2080 Ti first. Because Nvidia typically debuts its Titan model as the “full fat” version of its newest GPU architecture, many assumed the RTX 2080 Ti was sliding into place as the new flagship model. Or at least many hoped that was the case given the unusually inflated pricing for the troubled RTX 2080 Ti. Well, there’s zero doubt the RTX Titan exists as evidenced by a series of coordinated leaks.
Over at Linus Tech Tips, Linus himself “accidentally” reached for and grabbed an RTX Titan box during The WAN Show, briefly showing it on camera twice. You can see both “slip-ups” at 30:33 and 34:06 (thanks to PC Gamer for the timestamps).
Meanwhile, Slo Mo Guys host Gavin Free put his kitten Ziggy in the spotlight with his newly upgraded PC in the background sporting what’s clearly a Titan card with RTX design language.
Andrew Ng, former head of Google Brain and co-founder of Coursera, took an entirely different approach, disguising his tweet as an advertisement for job openings.
Trying out some new hardware to reduce Landing Light’s inference time. If you want to work on applying AI to brand new industries (such as agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare, …), look at our open positions! https://t.co/OsLsQbzZVq pic.twitter.com/12W95bN1EL
— Andrew Ng (@AndrewYNg) November 30, 2018
It’s obvious these are all coordinated leaks, carefully orchestrated by Nvidia to get the press talking, investors curious and gamers asking questions. But wait, is the RTX Titan really going to be for gamers?
Andrew Ng’s tweet is the most interesting, as it seems to peg the RTX Titan — like the Titan V that came before it — as a card expressly built for professional and academic applications (deep learning, AI, Compute, etc). The other two leaks (or at least the ones I’m aware of) are certainly not gaming-centric shows.
It could be inferred that the RTX Titan’s placement associated with Slo Mo Guys is meant to demonstrate monstrous video production and editing capabilities. And while Linus Tech Tips certainly has a gaming audience, it’s also focused on hardcore tech and even professional graphics solutions.
I don’t think the RTX Titan will be pitched as a gaming card, although it will certainly be capable of it (think Titan Z / Titan V). And I firmly believe the price tag will check in at north of $2000; likely closer to $3000.
The moral of the story is that it’s probably too early for RTX 2080 Ti owners to be disenchanted or angry at this reveal. Probably. Unless Nvidia slaps a Star Wars logo on it. . .
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