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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is "world's fastest gaming GPU"

by Mark Tyson on 1 March 2017, 04:00

Tags: NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA)

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Last night Nvidia officially launched the 'Ultimate GeForce', the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. The announcement wasn't at all a surprise after Nvidia's heavy handed teasing, via its countdown timer which started a week ago. Star of the GeForce GTX Gaming Celebration, at GDC 2017, was the long awaited GTX 1080 Ti graphics card which boasts 3,584 CUDA Cores, and 11GB of next-gen GDDR5X Video Memory running out of the box at 11Gbps.

It's interesting to compare the new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti with the regular GTX 1080 and the Pascal Titan X, so let's get straight to a comparative specs table:

 

GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

GeForce GTX 1080

TITAN X

GPU

16nm GP102

16nm GP104

16nm GP102

CUDA Cores

 3584

 2560

 3584

TMUs

 224

 160

 224

ROPs

 88

 64

 96

Base Clock

1417MHz

 1607MHz

 1417MHz

Boost Clock

 1582MHz

 1733MHz

 1531MHz

Memory Clock

 11GHz

 10GHz

 10GHz

Memory

 11GB

 8GB

 12GB

Memory Bus

 352-bit

 256-bit

 384-bit

TDP

 250W

 180W

 250W

Memory Bandwidth

 484GB/s

 320GB/s

 480GB/s

Memory Type

GDDR5X

GDDR5X

GDDR5X

TFLOPS (FP32)

11.5

8.9

11.0

MSRP

 699 USD

 499 USD

 1199 USD

 

Above you can see a lot of what Nvidia has done to stir up its high-end product mix. Overall it claims that the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti can deliver "up to 35 percent more performance of the GTX 1080," and its 11GB of faster clocked GDDR5X provides more headroom for 4K and 5K gaming, DX12, HDR and immersive VR.

Interestingly Nvidia has designed the GTX 1080 Ti with some Titan X beating specs. While it offers fewer ROPs and a reduced bus width, the GPU boost clock is higher and its memory runs faster, "at a staggering 11Gbp". As you can see towards the bottom of the table, this results in the GTX 1080 Ti beating the Titan X in the TFLOPS performance metric.

Further improvements have come to the new graphics card from a slight redesign of the hardware. Nvidia has designed a new high-airflow thermal solution with vapour chamber cooling, offering 2x the airflow area. It is said to be both "cooler and quieter than previous designs". Furthermore, it tweaked the power architecture which now features a seven-phase power design with 14 high-efficiency dualFETs.

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will launch first in its Founders Edition form next week with pre-orders opening on 2nd March. It wouldn't be surprising to see the dollar price be translated directly to GBP (i.e. $699 = £699). Shortly after the Founders Edition has soaked up the eager early adopter cash third party board partners will be let off the leash (Friday 10th March) and be able to sell their custom SKUs with various coolers at a range of price points.

Last but not least, Nvidia also announced new 'OC' SKUs based upon the GTX 1080 and GTX 1060 designs. Both of these new 'OC' cards will be pepped up with the same faster GDDR5X from Micron. With the GTX 1080 price cut to $499 the GTX 1080 11Gbps OC will cost somewhere between it and the new GTX 1080 Ti. Similarly we will be seeing an Nvidia GTX 9Gbps 1060 OC with the faster GDDR5X memory installed - which should help it combat the AMD Radeon RX 480 more effectively. Pricing and availability for these OC cards is yet to be announced.

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There may be a few grumbling recent GTX 1080 owners about! Fair play to Nvidia, the headroom they're able to find with this architecture is amazing. Not sure about the segmentation it causes with so many SKUs, but choice is good. Still too long till Vega to give some (hopefully) effective competition and push everything down a bit.
so it's a cheap titan x ??
or a titan x that dint get sold
or a card that wasn't a titan x just ??
I love that they didn't even compare 1080Ti to the 980Ti, choosing the base 980 instead to get that “perfect slightly over 2/3x” mark of performance. Agreeing with 3s though, it's impressive how far they have come with minimal redesign. Must be easy to reiterate this arch on smaller lithography tech.

Edit:
flearider
so it's a cheap titan x ??
or a titan x that dint get sold
or a card that wasn't a titan x just ??

I want to say #1, because the Titan now makes this look like really good value. So people eat them up. At nearly $700 a piece… It isn't a different core count, so not a bunch of failed Titan cores. Deliberate design.
Huge performance, price drops, new boosts for existing cards. And series 11 only a few months away.

Suddenly Vega looks a lot like someone arriving late to a party. Again…
I don't like the way Nvidia are soaking up the early adopter cash by themselves and then allowing it's partners to release their own cards. If i was a partner of Nvidia this would heavily damage my relations with them everytime they do it