If everything goes according to what reports have been saying, NVIDIA will officially introduce its latest and greatest graphics adapter, powered by the GK110 GPU, later today, February 18, 2013.
Until the announcement is made, though, prospective buyers can rejoice at the chance to feast their eyes on some photos of the device, the first ones (the previous blurry photo was a fake).
The board looks in many ways similar to the dual-GK104 GeForce GTX 690, with its magnesium alloy cooler shroud and acrylic window that lets people see the aluminum fin stack beneath.
Speaking of which, the GeForce GTX Titan doesn't have a full-coverage IHS (internal heat spreader), only a support brace.
This lets overclockers apply their TIM (thermal interface material) right on the chip die, enhancing cooling.
While the reference cooler is sufficient for normal operation, the high-end adapter is still, in the end, an enthusiast-grade piece of equipment, likely to be divested in favor of something better. In such cases, the chance to apply TIM directly to the GPU die is welcome.
Other overclocking assets are the tantalum capacitors, slimline chokes, and driver-MOSFETs (VRM with a 6+2 phase design).
Furthermore, NVIDIA tossed in a 2-pin LED logo power output (software-controllable) and a 4-pin PWM fan power output.
As for specifications, the high-end adapter, which some believe will be mightier than the GTX 690 despite having just one GPU instead of two, has enough horsepower that it needs 6-pin and 8-pin PCIe power connectors to work.
Twenty four 2 Gbit GDDR5 memory chips provide a total of 6 GB VRAM, for example, and the Kepler GK110 GPU has 48 ROPs, 224 TMUs and a 384-bit memory interface. The clock speeds are of 837 / 878 MHz (GPU / GPU Boost) and 6,008 MHz (memory).
Finally, NVIDIA GeForce Titan gets two SLI bridge fingers (Quad-SLI), two dual-link DVI, an HDMI port, and a DisplayPort.