Nvidia is officially launching its most powerful gaming graphics card today.
Dubbed the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, the card was announced last week at the Game Developers Conference.
Nvidia has now spilt the beans on the card’s performance. Though its memory complement and a few blocks within the GPU are reduced versus Nvidia’s previous top-end card, the Titan X, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti makes up for its shortcomings with higher memory clocks.
These are based on new and improved Micron GDDR5X memory, faster core clocks and an improved cooler.
The 1080 Ti retails for $699, which is nearly half the price of the $1200 for the Titan X, and it is faster.
The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti performed on par with or slightly faster than the NVIDIA Titan X and roughly 30-35 per cent better than the standard GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition.
There is no competition with AMD’s current flagship GPU, the Radeon R9 Fury X; the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was at times nearly twice as fast than the Fury X.
Nvida just lifted its kimono on the long-rumoured GeForce GTX 1080 Ti during the San Francisco Games Developers Conference.
The card will sit at the top of Nvidia’s GeForce offerings snuggled alongside the Titan X and GeForce GTX 1080. According to Nvidia’s marketing material the GTX 1080 Ti, promising significant performance gains over the GTX 1080 and faster than Titan X performance, for a much lower price of $699.
The 12 billion Nvidia GP102 transistors on the card have 3,584 CUDA cores, which is the same as Nvidia’s Titan X.
However, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will have fewer ROP units at 88, versus 96 in the Titan X.
The 1080 Ti will also, however, come equipped with 11GB of premium GDDR5X memory from Micron clocked at 11,000 MHz for an effective 11Gbps data rate.
Peak compute throughput of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is slightly higher than the Titan X due to the Ti’s higher boost clock.
Memory bandwidth over its narrower 352-bit GDDR5 memory interface is 484GB/s, which is also slightly higher than a Titan X as well. Nvidia’s also noted that peak overclocks on the core should hit 2GHz or higher if the wind is in the right direction.
This means that the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will be faster than the Titan X out of the box, faster still when overclocked.
Nvidia is having to compete with cheaper and just as effective offerings coming out from AMD so the card had to be pretty good.