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Report: Nvidia Developing Ultra, LE Variants of GTX Titan

By - Source: 3DCenter | B 15 comments

Nvidia is reportedly turning the GTX Titan graphics card and GK110 silicon into its own mini-brand with the addition of the Ultra and LE variants.

According to a report from, Nvidia is currently planning to expand the GeForce GTX Titan into its own mini-family of products by releasing two new SKUs based on the GK110 silicon that will bear the LE and Ultra monikers.

Those familiar with Nvidia's naming conventions will not be surprised to find that they refer to downscaled and uprated variants of the standard GTX Titan that has different clock rates and quantity of shaders units, TMUs, and ROPs, but maintain the same base platform.


GTX Titan LE

GTX Titan

GTX Titan II “Ultra”

Chip Base

Nvidia GK110

Nvidia GK110

Nvidia GK110





Clock Rates

837 / 876 / 3,000 MHz

837 / 876 / 3,000 MHz

837 / 950 / 3,400 MHz

Raster Engines




Shader Units













5 GB GDDR5 320-bit

6 GB GDDR5 384-bit

6 GB GDDR5 384-bit

Power Consumption (Load)

180 W – 190 W

206 W

220 W – 230 W

3DCenter Performance Index

410% - 430%

480 %

530% - 550%

Though none of this has been officially confirmed by Nvidia, the existence of these variants has been rumored for quite some time now. Their release would certainly improve the company’s ability to compete with AMD’s upcoming Radeon HD 7990 “Malta” graphics card.

The LE and Ultra variants of the GTX Titan are rumored to be released sometime in 2013 / 2014. There has been no shortage of speculation about its price tag. Guru3D is predicting prices of $599 for the LE, $799 for the Titan, and $999 for the Ultra; 3DCenter is placing prices between $599 - $699 for the LE, $980 for the Titan, and over $1,000 for the Ultra.

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    toddybody , April 23, 2013 9:18 AM
    This doesnt make me hopeful in regards to the GTX 7xx series. I dont think they'd align a 499.99 780 to compete with a 1000.00+ flagship card...though I was hoping to see a huge perf jump from 6xx. Guess the 8xx will bring the goods :/ 
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    de5_Roy , April 23, 2013 9:20 AM
    malta is the codename for radeon 7990 dual gpu card, not 7790.

    these super high-end cards (with their prices) seem pointless. sell 'em under $500 and you got a deal.
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    Au_equus , April 23, 2013 9:47 AM
    If the "ultra" titan can approach the 690, then you can talk about placing it at or a higher price. I like guru3d's pricing scheme, but we all know that's not going to happen.
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    cooldudesubho , April 23, 2013 10:06 AM
    Hello nvidia please make TITAN with 3gb ram at 500 dollors.Thank you.
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    fil1p , April 23, 2013 10:49 AM
    I'm not sure how the people who just bought the regular Titan will feel about the Titan Ultra. I can imagine it won't feel too good. Then again it will be interesting to see how it performs.
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    DarkSable , April 23, 2013 10:55 AM
    There's no way the Ultra will launch at $1k.

    It'll be at least $1.3k.
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    hannibal , April 23, 2013 10:57 AM
    I'm not sure how the people who just bought the regular Titan will feel about the Titan Ultra. I can imagine it won't feel too good. Then again it will be interesting to see how it performs.

    Well, if Ultra will be more expensive than normal Titan, then why would they feel not good? If they can afford Titan, they can Afford to upgrade to Ultra even if it will cost 1200$... 200 more for 1000$ is not much. For any normal people even the normal Titan with 990$ price tag is too much, so anyone who can afford Titan, can afford upgrade to Ultra if they really want to. The difference is not subtantial.

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    17seconds , April 23, 2013 11:03 AM
    Report: All you suckers are getting ripped off.

    Am I the only one who can appreciate the irony of this statement? If I'm not mistaken, Mack, didn't you buy your 7970 Lightnings when they were almost $600 each? And do you not also have to run them with a FPS limiter? No offense, just some friendly ribbing.

    Anyway, as usual, this is last week's news. This week, we have news about the release of the GTX 780, 770, and 760 Ti.

    First and foremost, few weeks back, several websites leaked the news about a part called GeForce GTX Titan LE, a board based on cut down GK110 GPU silicon. The leak was right, since this will actually be a consumer version of Tesla K20C, the 2496-core part with 5GB of GDDR5 memory. The name will not be the GTX Titan LE, though. Meet the GeForce GTX 780 5GB. Just as the GTX Titan was a consumer version of the K20X (2688-core part, 6GB GDDR5 memory), K20A/C is getting a consumer version as well. The performance is about 30% faster than a single GTX 680. You can expect this board to launch (hard launch, availability from Day 0) in the final days of May, as the Computex train starts to heat up. Pricing unknown, but you should prices anywhere between $499 and $599.
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    nforce4max , April 23, 2013 11:56 AM
    Finally an Ultra!
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    slomo4sho , April 23, 2013 1:42 PM
    Ultra ripoff.
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    Murissokah , April 23, 2013 2:00 PM
    It must feel so good to purchase the fastest GPU available (not arguing cost/performance here) for an obscene amount of money to have it surpassed in a month. Thanks Nvidia for
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    Anonymous , April 23, 2013 2:11 PM
    Gaming at 7680 x 1600 (3 x 30 inch displays) with a couple of these in SLI. Mmm mmm good.
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    milesk182 , April 23, 2013 3:44 PM
    Is it just me or is the Titan series screwing up the refresh? Will the 800 series really be that much of a jump? This remind me of when the 9000 series came out except there adding an extra card tier of $700+!?
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    edwd2 , April 23, 2013 5:13 PM
    well, if only the performance boost of titan ultra was comparable to that of the 8800 Ultra back in the days.
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    RyQril , April 23, 2013 11:48 PM
    dunno where nvidia is heading with these titans and with the new 7xx series tho am sure the 7xx will not be big competitive with titans :/  .. comon nvidia show us your real plans