Were you looking forward to NVIDIA’s latest top-end graphics card, the RTX 4090 Ti? After development halted indefinitely for the most powerful Lovelace GPU, it seems like we won’t be seeing a no-holds-barred NVIDIA graphics card in the near future.
In late September, NVIDIA announced its RTX 40-series GPUs; an upgrade over the RTX 30 lineup that launched in 2020. On the launch date, 2 graphics cards were announced: the RTX 4090 and two variants of the RTX 4080.
Here’s what happened and when we expect to see a usable RTX 4090 Ti hit the shelves.
RTX 4090 vs. 4090 Ti
Although the RTX 4090 has been out for less than a month, rumors were suggesting NVIDIA was going to follow up the top-end RTX 4090 with an even more powerful 4090 Ti, which would be the company’s most powerful graphics card to date.
In comparison, the RTX 4090 is already an impressive GPU – featuring the AD102-300 GPU with 16384 CUDA cores and a boost clock of up to 2.52GHz. On top of that, it offers a single-precision performance of 82.6 teraflops – an astounding 2.3 times more than the RTX 3090 (2020). Additionally, the 4090 comes with up to 24GB of GDDR6X memory and has a rated default TDP of 450W.
Getting back to RTX 4090 Ti, it would have been released as RTX Titan Ada. However, according to the Youtube channel “Moore’s Law Is Dead,” the RTX 4090 Ti model has been recently shelved due to multiple reasons.
Why was it canceled?
According to our source, the reason behind the cancellation is that the RTX 4090 Ti GPU was “tripping breakers, melting power supplies, and sometimes melting itself” – and this is due to some massive power requirements. Although this is definitely not a risk any PC user wants to take with their GPU, NVIDIA still has plenty of time to work out these major kinks and release the behemoth graphics card onto the market in the near future.
A reliable source claims that the card has a massive TDP of 600-700W and comes with twin 16-pin power connections. On top of that, the RTX 4090 Ti would also have the full AD102 chip rather than the reduced version that can be found on the RTX 4090 (now available) – it is said to take up 4 slots on the motherboard. In fact, it’s reportedly so large that the technicians at NVIDIA would mount the motherboard on the card (rather than the other way around).
Although these are some impressive specs, the fact of the matter is that this GPU’s unnaturally massive power consumption is what led to circuit breakers tripping and power supplies getting destroyed.
Predictions for a new graphics card
Although the issues mentioned earlier are certainly what is keeping NVIDIA from launching their most powerful GPU to date, many are speculating there are other reasons or considering other additions NVIDIA will make to the RTX 4090 Ti with the extra time in development.
Some are saying that NVIDIA may be waiting for the availability of GDDR6 VRAM that is capable of reaching 27 Gbps before moving further in the development of the 4090 Ti. However, the company is just as likely to wait for GDDR7 to use with a new graphics card.
Some speculate that the company is waiting to see how competitive AMD’s RDNA 3 GPUs are with NVIDIA’s current offerings before making a decision on what to do with the RTX 4090 Ti. Since NVIDIA is always keen to be the best of the best, odds are this speculation isn’t far from the truth.
So when will we see the behemoth RTX 4090 Ti graphics card on the shelves? For now, we can only speculate, but most predict sometime in the first half of 2023.
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