Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Is Here

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Is Here

The PC gaming world has a new king of graphics. Nvidia’s new top-of-the-line GeForce GTX 1080 Ti handily beats the $800 GeForce GTX 1080 that we already love, bringing the lion’s share of power from the $1600 developer- and supercomputing-friendly Titan X to a slightly more affordable graphics card.

35 per cent faster than the existing GTX 1080 according to Nvidia’s benchmarks, the Ti has 3584 CUDA cores, and 11GB of GDDR5X RAM running at 11Gbps. The GTX 1080 Ti still uses the same vapor chamber cooler as the GTX 1080, from what we’ve seen so far. It’s a good (blower-style) cooler, so we’re not disappointed.

Using a few on-chip technologies, Nvidia says the GTX 1080 Ti can, in some instances, be even faster than the currently-fastest Titan X: things like a tiling cache in that 11GB frame buffer will mean that rendering is done more efficiently: not just raw power, but power used more effectively.

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang was on stage to announce the new card, as he often is when it comes to the company’s high-profile tech. PC gaming is thriving, Huang says. 600 million Twitch viewers, 100 million MOBA players, 200 million GeForce card users. Huang didn’t exactly hold back his excitement, telling the world he had “something new: let’s call it the ultimate GeForce. Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive.”

We’re still waiting on an Australian price tag and any indication of local availability. Going on Titan X and GTX 1080 prices, though, we’d expect it to launch around the $1200 price point in Australia and eventually settle to around $1000 once stock floods the country.


    • Nah, keep the 1080 for a few more months til this comes down in price. Nothing atm can really utilise the 1080 to the point where the 1080Ti will be necessary (I can run most stuff I can actually lay hands on atm on Ultra on a liquid-cooled 980Ti at 40+fps, and your 1080 should have that beat). Give it a few more months and we might see that change, and hopefully a slight drop in price to go with it 🙂

      • I use it for VR, and as nice as this performs for the most part it doesn’t seem to be able to maintain a solid 90fps without ASW kicking in when things get busier. Would be nice to get closer to the ideal.

        • I’m in the same boat, was thinking of eventually going sli though since they use each card for each eye. This TI sure is tempting

          • I’m not sure anything actually does use one card per eye, one of those things that seems like it makes sense but apparently isn’t quite so straightforward. At any rate SLI isn’t something that just magically works with existing games, it needs to be specifically programmed for and so far the verdict seems to be that you’re better off with a stronger single card.

          • Ahh dam it, thought I read that somewhere but probably got it wrong. either way I think I might hold off until the next gen headsets and get a new card then

          • I think there was mention of SLI as part of VRworks or whatever, some of the features that came in with the Pascal architecture. But yeah, no specifics that I remember seeing on how it’ll come into play.

      • FYI: 980Ti got sub-60fps @ 1920×1080 on lots of games. It definitely didn’t reach 120fps, so for the purposes here let’s stick to 60fps.

        4K is 4x pixels of 1920×1080. I’m totally ignoring a rising percent of people tri-screening, even. So at the very least, you need 4x 980Ti’s to play @ 4K the same as you play @ 1920×1080.

        Only the scaling isn’t 100% so you really need 5-6 980Ti’s. Which is pushing 4 1080’s. On a single-screen 4K, to play at the same experience as people playing in 2010. Only you can’t 4x SLI 1080’s and they don’t have enough frame buffer.

        tl;dr we’re reaching mid-level enthusiast graphics with a single 1080Ti @ 4K.

  • Too high priced for gaming, not too bad for workstations. I think the 11GB is only going to be of use to workstation guys vs 8GB.

    Now it will be interesting to see where Vega sits pricewise. USD699 is a shitload of money.

    • $699 USD is the same price the GTX 1080 launched at, and it got eaten up like crazy. I don’t think many would consider it too expensive for gaming.

    • Thief (3yo game) was pushing 2.6+GB on frame buffer at 1920×1080. 4K = 4 * 1080p, therefore 4K framebuffer can be expected to be == 4 * 2.6 = 10.4GB. Ergo, a 3yo game is just about hitting the limits on the fastest card available today.

      People really underestimate how much of a horsepower increase is required for 4K. But oooh, they got new 4K shiny monitors.

    • 1MB, 1GB, 1.5GB, 3GB, etc

      edit: Prob not 1MB and 1GB as they are even 1024. ;P

    • Right? Like, how are they doing that? 11x 1GB chips? 4x 2.75GB chips? Then again, the 580 had 1.5GB of memory, it’s just weird to see an odd number after so many years of even configurations.

      • The Titan X (which is based on the same GP102 chip as this card) had 12 GB of RAM on a 384 bit bus, comprised of 12 x 1 GB chips. This will have 11 GB on a 352 bit bus, so it will almost certainly have one of the memory controller blocks disabled vs the Titan X configuration and have 11 x 1 GB chips.

        • Thanks! I wasn’t quite sure how the memory chips were comprised, but totally makes sense if they were already using 1GB chips. 🙂

    • How quickly we forget, There were tons of 1GB cards, and 3GB cards, and even some 5GB ones.

  • Am I dreaming if I think my i7-6700 Skylake (not the K model which is the one for overclocking) will be able to handle this thing?

  • And I just bought an EVGA GTX 1070 for $520 AUD last night. Still no regrets considering that was the cheapest I could get one for brand new.

    • They’ve cut the RRP of the 1080, but no word on the 1070 RRP. Expect there’ll be some downward pressure but $520 is a great price for the 1070. Pretty much as low as they’ve gone (and I’ve been tracking them for months). Don’t regret.

      • Oh i’m not regretting it. Am sad though the Zotac Mini 1080 I was going to get dropped to $750 AUD, dang it lol.

        I didn’t need a 1080, just wanted one 😛 and yeah $520 was the best deal anywhere. Even with shipping from the states it was still cheaper than anything here by at least $30.

  • *looks at his R9 390*

    Nah I’ll pass. She still has plenty of life left at 1080p.
    I’m also not a fan of nVidia’s closed off bullshit. Fuck this Gsync stuff off already and switch to the open standard already.

    • The difference between gsync and freesync is that one of them actually works and the other is the amd version.

      In all seriousness though if you can make processes and hardware/software more efficient on your own hardware to give you the edge in sales etc. you would be stupid not to do so. So I do not blame nvidia for things like gameworls or gsync etc.

      Anyway up until the new amd gpu comes out. It’s not like amd really had anything to compete with nvidia for the top end of the market so all pc enthusiasts and performance junkies would have had nvidia tech anyway.

      Still keen to see the new amd gpus when they are launched. Ryzen has me thinking of a new exciting build.

      • Haven’t had any issues with Freesync so far. It’s also an open standard that doesn’t require extra hardware on a screen so it’s also cheaper.

        Understandably nVidia need to be good otherwise they’re fucked as they have very little to fall back on.

        • Nvidia? Good? Well for the last 5+ year’s they’ve had the:
          – Performance crown
          – Performance per degree crown
          – Performance per watt crown

          They give zero fucks, no competition in the top end. Just like Intel v AMD (until Ryzen recently).

          • And fair enough because if they aren’t they’re screwed. Outside of the PC market what do they have? Is it any wonder they are trying to diversify? It gives them breathing room just in case.

            AMD have the consoles and the CPU market and thier GPUs. They have room to move.

            I just want a market where the products are excellent from all parties as we win as a result.

          • Nah, I used that ATI management software with all the advertisements in it on my friend’s computer. It was so terrible.
            ATI’s software alone would make me not want to put one of their cards in my machine.

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