clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Nvidia has two Star Wars-themed graphics cards on the way

Light and dark side Titan cards look like lightsabers

If you buy something from a Polygon link, Vox Media may earn a commission. See our ethics statement.

Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Nvidia’s latest graphics cards are an over-the-top tribute to Star Wars, shaped like lightsabers and lit to match.

The unique pair of Collector’s Edition Nvidia Titan Xp GPUs are $1,200 each. One is themed for the Galactic Empire and features deep, red LED lighting. The other is themed for the Jedi Order, with a classic green glow. Both cards are sculpted along the edge to resemble profile of a lightsaber and finished to match.

“The Jedi Order GPU simulates the wear and tear, and battle-worn finish of many items used by the Rebel Alliance,” Nvidia said, “resulting from its die cast aluminum cover being subjected to an extensive, corrosive salt spray. Conversely, the Galactic Empire GPU’s finish features simple, clean lines, emulating the high-end, orderly nature of the resource-rich Empire.”

Interestingly enough, the cards feature lighting on both of their shorter sides, meaning that in a traditional configuration light will spill out of the side panel of a gaming PC and back into the case, to be reflected off the motherboard. That should create some interesting effects for case modders, or anyone looking to spice up the inside of their gaming PC.

Nvidia says that pre-orders will start tomorrow at 6 a.m. PT in the United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany. Orders are limited to one of each style. Commercial availability is scheduled for Nov. 17.

These cards should appeal in particular to those looking forward to Star Wars Battlefront 2. System requirements posted for the game’s beta made mention of a minimum GPU requirement of a GeForce GTX 660 2 GB (or AMD Radeon HD 7850 2 GB). According to Tom’s Hardware, the Titan Xp is about three steps up from the game’s recommended requirement of a GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB (or Radeon RX 480 4 GB).

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for Patch Notes

A weekly roundup of the best things from Polygon