Putting an end to all the rumors and speculation piling up for several months now, NVIDIA has finally launched its new monster graphics card, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, at the Game Developer Conference (GDC 17) in San Francisco.
In a widely-anticipated keynote delivered by NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, the attendees at GDC 17, were briefed that not only does the GTX 1080 Ti offer a 35% better performance compared to its predecessor (the GTX 1080), but it also runs faster than the Titan X which is widely regarded as the most powerful graphics card around today.
However, at $699, the 1080 Ti is much more affordable than the Titan X that sets you back $1200.
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti specs: How better is it compared to Titan X (P) and GTX 1080?
The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is powered by the same Pascal GP102 GPU featured on the Titan X (P), but with an array of added advantages. It comes with 12 billion transistors, as well as six graphics processing clusters (of which two are disabled). Overall, the setup brings you as many as 28 SM units and 128 cores each.
Those figures hardly leave any doubt about the GTX 1080 Ti being meant for the ultimate gamers.
Some of the other key GTX 1080 Ti specs include 3584 CUDA cores, 228 Texture Mapping Units, 88 ROPs, and a boost clock speed of 1582 MHz that can be overclocked all the way up to 2GHz.
For the uninitiated, the Pascal cards are by design configured to handle some serious overclocking, and custom models typically further boost the clock rates
The card features 11GB of GDDR5X VRAM that operates across a 352-bit bus interface.
Granted, at 12GB, the Titan X card enjoys a beefier memory. But then, it runs at slower speeds of 10Gbps, thus lagging slightly behind the bandwidth and power of the new GTX 1080 Ti. Also, the 1080 Ti is not as power-hungry as the Titan X. It draws only 220 Watts on average as opposed to the older card’s 250 Watts.
Meanwhile, the new GTX 1080 Ti outshines the regular GTX 1080 in almost every aspect of a specs-to-specs comparison. It boasts 11GB of 11 Gbps DDR5X VRAM as compared to the 8 GB on the previous-generation GTX 1080.
And last but not the least, NVIDIA designed the new card to handle graphical demands for 4K gaming and deliver an optimal virtual experience, Jen-Hsun said.
Here’s an overview of the specs:
- 12 billion transistors
- 1.6 GHz boost
- 2 GHz overclocked
- 28 SM, each with 128 cores
- 3854 CUDA cores
- 28 Geometry Units
- 224 Texture Units
- 6 GPCs
- 88 ROP units
- 352 bit GDDR5X