NVIDIA has officially announced the most powerful consumer grade discreet graphics card to date – GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang has taken the stage at Game Developers Conference in San Francisco to announce this powerful graphics card. It isn’t the most surprising thing to expect because NVIDIA has been announcing souped-up ‘Ti’ series cards from a couple of years now to provide extra horsepower. NVIDIA said GTX 1080 Ti comes with 35% more performance than GTX 1080, which is the biggest improvement over what other Ti counterparts got at the time of launch.
The GTX 1080 Ti surprisingly beats current powerful graphics card from NVIDIA – Titan X. We should say thanks to the updated memory clock, which has been updated to 11Gbps from 10 Gbps found on the Titan X. The 11 pieces of 11 Gbps GDDR5X memory and 352-bit memory bus combines to produce whopping 484 GB/sec of memory bandwidth. The 1080 Ti is a very comparable to Titan X in many segments. Both shares same 3584 CUDA cores, 224 texture units, 1/32 FP64, 1/64 FP16 (Native), 471mm2 die size and even more interestingly, same 250 Watt TDP. The newest graphics card comes with 3 x Display Port 1.4 Port, 1x HDMI 2.0 but NVIDIA has dropped DVI port for some reason, so they are providing DisplayPort to DVI adapter in the box. We aren’t sure whether it will be DisplayPort to SL-DVI adapter or DisplayPort to DL-DVI adapter.
At the heart of the 1080 Ti, it is powered by same GP102 16nm GPU, which was initially found on the Titan X. The chip is boost clocked at 1582 MHz that is higher than the Titan X’s 1532 MHz, but we are yet to learn the base clock speed of 1080 Ti. In either way, 1080 Ti is a huge improvement over 1080 and on par with Titan X. Surprisingly enough, NVIDIA is asking only $699 (USD) for 1080 Ti, which was the same launch price of GTX 1080. The non-Ti version has got $100 price cut after the launch of 1080 Ti. Despite having 1GB less VRAM, the 1080 Ti is a great alternative for twice the priced Titan X (USD 1200). Interested consumers can buy the GTX 1080 Ti starting Friday, March 10th.