Disappointing that they didn’t discuss the DisplayPort issue. The RTX 4090 is already able to saturate the bandwidth of its DP 1.4a interface. A more powerful card would be aimed at either gamers willing to spend for a top-tier experience, or professionals looking needing to work in high resolutions and highly accurate (large) color spaces. Nvidia will need to upgrade to the current DP 2.1 standard in order for either card to make sense for either use case, to justify the increased cost over 4090, or 6000 Ada.
Also, in terms of cooling a 4090 Ti, which would primarily be aimed at gamers, it seems unlikely that anyone would actually air cool these. If you are willing and able to splash out for a 4090 Ti with its nosebleed prices, you will probably be fine with the relatively low cost of cooling it with a custom water cooling loop. This would give you a single-slot card without any concern over thermals. Ideally, Nvidia would release the 4090 Ti with a preinstalled water block. This would align the card with its most likely use case, and also reduce a lot of waste by not making massive coolers that nobody will use and will end up in landfills. I know there will be idiot reporters who will freak out about the implications of releasing a card that requires additional parts to complete the cooling solution, but for a halo card, that really shouldn’t be a concern. Plus it is reasonable to assume it would be way cheaper to make a waterblock than it would be to make the monstrous air cooler such a high TDP card would require. That might enable Nvidia to keep the price a bit lower, or increase margins, or both. Board partners could always choose to make an AIO solution for the even tinier niche of people with enough money to buy this halo card, but neither the brains, time, or initiative to set up a custom loop.
Finally, air cooling it could prove controversial if many cases can’t handle all that heat being dumped into their internal space. Judging by case reviews from the likes of Gamers Nexus, enclosed cases with thermals good enough to handle exhausting that much hot air are very rare, perhaps non-existant. Nvidia could side-step this potential “scandal” completely by just making it a water-cooled card.
Last, a Founders Edition waterblock, taking styling cues from the shrouds on their FE air coolers, might look pretty sweet!