Quad-slot prototype cooler for GeForce RTX 40 graphics card spotted once again
What some describe as a potential TITAN ADA cooler or RTX 4090 (Ti) test board, has emerged once again without a clear sign what could it really be.
New photos of alleged NVIDIA RTX 40 prototype cooler have been sighted over on social media. The original source appears to be a Goofish platform, a place where everyone can buy a second-hand hardware, which in this case was never officially available. The quad-slot cooler appears to match previous leaks featuring a large heatsink with PCB mounted on a side (parallel to the motherboard). This would be the first consumer graphics card with such an unusual PCB design.
The only issue with this recurring leak is that each time it is mentioned as a different product, either RTX 4090 Ti, RTX 4090 or the next-gen TITAN. The fact that such a cooler was undoubtedly considered for TITAN is confirmed, as some photographs that were previously leaked featured the distinctive gold cooler shroud. At the same time, the GPU frame mentions RTX 4090 GPU, which is explained by people familiar with the matter as an early prototype cooler that was not chosen for the final design.
Given how long this prototype cooler has been around, one might assume that we may never see this cooler on a RTX 40 GPU, yet it is interesting how it reappears every few months with slightly more details. This cooler is made for a board with a number called PG137. It’s not used by any SKU right now, but if NVIDIA has something similar in the lab, it might be linked to this cooling design quickly.
One of the most distinctive features of this cooler, apart from the 90 degree angled PCB, are display connectors stacked on each other. This obviously makes sense as the PCB is located on the right side.
This cooler has no doubt a large collectors value, but it is unclear how many were made and if they are still considered for any graphics card SKU in the future. It is also of no use to any enthusiast as it requires a special PCB design, it would simply not work for any other graphics card.