Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Review
Nvidia recently unveiled the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card (Founders Edition) at the Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2017 in San Francisco, CA, which was later launched for $699 on March 9. The GTX 1080 Ti is NVIDIA’s big Pascal refresh for the year, finally rolling out their most powerful consumer GPU, GP102, into a GeForce video card.
The GTX 1080 Ti is almost just a rebranded version of the latest Nvidia Titan X card. It uses the same Pascal-based GP102 GPU (graphics processing unit) as the Titan X but with a slightly faster clock speed. The GTX 1080 Ti is the fastest gaming graphics card clocking at an outstanding 2.481 GHz on LN2 cooling. The GTX 1080 Ti depends on 12 billion transistors, 3584 CUDA cores and 11GB of memory. While it has got 11Gbps of cutting-edge GDDR5X memory clock with a 352-bit memory bus as opposed to the Titan X’s 12GB and 384-bits, respectively, it runs a bit quicker, resulting in slightly more memory bandwidth.
The GTX 1080 Ti is the first graphics card since the Titan XP that can play many games in 4K at 60FPS without having to make changes to Settings. It is also worth mentioning about the memory overclock since we are looking at more than half a terabyte worth of bandwidth on a reference card, which is more than anything that’s currently offered to consumers on GDDR5X and HBM2 designs.
Nvidia’s also tweaked the GTX 1080 Ti’s power delivery system compared to other GTX 10-series cards, moving to a 7-phase 2x dual-FET power design intended to deliver cleaner power for higher clock speeds. The GTX 1080 Ti packs all the same underlying features and software details as the rest of the GTX 10-series line-up, from enhanced DirectX 12 support to cutting-edge memory compression to those supercharged Ansel screenshots.
However, GTX 1080 Ti cards are aimed more at professionals in the content creation and data visualisation than gamers, and are therefore ridiculously overly priced. But that doesn’t stop them from being absolute beasts at gaming, though.
You can order the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition graphics card directly from Nvidia’s website, while AIB partner cards from the likes of MSI, GIGABYTE, ZOTAC, ASUS, EVGA, and more will roll out over the coming weeks.
The author Kavita Iyer
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