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.