“everything is possible.” That’s probably the main takeaway from Nvidia’s latest GPU leak that points to a single 900W GPU for upcoming Ada Lovelace graphics cards. It’s said to be a full-fledged, next-generation AD102 chip slapped on a PCB with 16-pin PCIe power connectors, and what’s known in the works as, metric f*** tons of memory attached to it.
In fact, there is a full-fat AD102 SKU with 900W TGP, 48G 24Gbps GDDR6X, 2*16pin and higher frequency. But no one knows if it will become a real product. Since the test board for the AD102 has more than two 16-pin connectors, anything is possible.April 27 2022
If this turns out to be a real consumer RTX 4090 Ti, or something like that, I think we can honestly say the GPU industry has lost its head. I find it hard to justify the force my gaming rig is chewing against in the face of what I’m doing to the planet, using a card that’s roughly a third of the TGP of this potential monster.
It was highlighted by the popular Twitter leaker, @kopite7kimi, who has been spitting out RTX 40 series rumors/leaks/whatever you want to call it, on a growing cadence as the next generation of GPUs begin to move into the testing phase.
Despite the suggestion that this brutal graphics card is on the way, it is notable that no one we spoke to knew if this would actually translate into an actual released product. Also note that the original AD102 test board came with more than two 16-pin PCIe power connectors, so Nvidia can legitimately test the board that sucks More power.
Sure, there’s no 1800W TGP option to float, eh Jin-hsun?
But why play Nvidia with an avid card design in the first place? Already rumors suggest that the top-of-the-line card, likely the RTX 4090, can draw up to 600 watts when it comes to TGP. That’s already quite a bit of power almost offensively, although it would be passed as a creator card and not really for gaming PCs.
A version with higher clocks, 48GB/s of GDDR6X, and a full AD102 GPU could easily be a test card for a potential RTX 4090 Ti, but could also mark the return of the Titan for the Lovelace generation of cards, or even the Quadro AD6000 new, or something like that.
It may also be a matter of Nvidia engineers seeing how far they can push the upcoming chassis just in case they need a little extra performance to ensure that Nvidia can stick to any claims of the fastest cards in this new generation. Reports suggest that AMD’s competing RDNA 3 cards will be a real jump in performance over current Radeon RX 6000 GPUs.
If the mid-range version can outperform the RX 6900 XT in the labs, the high-end Navi 31 GPU itself could be a beast. Especially if the dreams of endless weaving magic and graphics come true in this generation. That may be an extension of hope for a multi-chip gaming GPU this year, but the new Radeon cards will still give Nvidia plenty of competition.
Perhaps this 900W card is proof that Nvidia is testing how far you’ll be able to go to stay ahead, and hang on to the feel. All I can say is: Please don’t let our PC gaming futures include a GPU PSU.
But you know, anything is possible.