If you thought $1900 was a lot to pay for a GPU, then look away now. Nvidia this morning confirmed that the Titan RTX would be part of its ray tracing accelerated GPU lineup, and it comes at quite the price: $4000.
The release means the 2080 Ti has now been supplanted as the most powerful consumer-grade desktop GPU, with the $4000 Titan offering 24GB of GDDR6 memory, 576 Turing tensor cores and 4608 CUDA cores, all at a TDP of 280 watts. The memory interface, bandwidth, L2 cache, base, boost and memory clocks are all slightly higher than the GTX 2080 Ti.
Everything is relative, of course. The Titan is more aimed at graphics workstations, even though the gaming power is substantial. The Titan RTX is more in line with this year's Quadro cards - which cost around $11,000 each - and really more targeted at data scientists and researchers, users for whom the extra 13GB of VRAM (compared to the GTX 2080 Ti) will genuinely make a ton of difference. The Titan RTX supports NVLink as well, allowing people to scale up to two RTX Titan cards if they want to avoid shelling out for the expense of a Quadro 6000.
That said, the Titan RTX will still use the same GeForce drivers that power the GTX 20 series, 10 series, and so on. For gamers, that means the new Titan card will basically function like a souped up RTX 2080 Ti, while having fewer issues than the Titan V did with games.
You'd still be paying $4000, mind you. But hey. It's nice to know that around Christmas or very shortly thereafter, someone will be showing off on YouTube with their glorious 8K or triple 4K screen setups. I can just picture 2019's homebrew Mechwarrior pods now.