On Feb. 28, Nvidia summoned the tech media to San Francisco to blow their own horns its all-new “Pascal” flagship GPU: the much-anticipated, oft-rumored GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. This explicit graphics card used to be formally the corporate’s worst stored secret; all of us knew it will arrive someday, with the one query being whether or not it will arrive earlier than or after AMD unveiled its personal flagship “Vega” playing cards for its present technology of silicon. (See our Vega preview from CES 2017.)
Ironically, as Nvidia used to be saying the main points of its new card, AMD used to be teasing some Vega main points on the similar time at a competing match only a mile or so away. So, obviously the 2 corporations aren’t simplest combating for GPU supremacy, but additionally for press protection in their new merchandise.
Nvidia gained this leg of the race, although, appearing off actual with a forged (certainly, forthcoming) release date. Before we get too deep into the weeds, let’s take a look on the specifications of this new GPU along its two predecessors…
|GeForce GTX 1080 Ti||GeForce Titan X (2016)||GeForce GTX 1080|
|Graphics Processor||Nvidia GP102||Nvidia GP102||Nvidia GP104|
|Top Boost Clock||1,600MHz||1,530MHz||1,733MHz|
|Memory Details||11GB GDDR5X at 11,000MHz||12GB GDDR5X at 10,000MHz||8GB GDDR5X at 10,000MHz|
|Thermal Design Power||250 watts||250 watts||180 watts|
|Transistor Count||12 billion||12 billion||7.2 billion|
|Memory Bus Width||352-bit||384-bit||256-bit|
|Price (mfr. est.)||$699||$1,199||$499|
As you’ll be able to see from the spec chart, this new GPU is not only a gimped model of the GeForce GTX Titan like earlier Ti variants had been. Instead it’s a lot the similar, with core rely and many of the structure left intact.
The maximum noticeable adjustments are 1GB much less reminiscence and a narrower reminiscence bus, however in spite of those adjustments, Nvidia claims the GTX 1080 Ti is in fact quicker than the most recent model of the Titan X, launched in 2016. That’s an astonishing declare, because the Titan X sells for more or less $1,200 if you’ll be able to even in finding one on the market, and the approaching GTX 1080 Ti has an MSRP of simply $699. (In simply as shocking a construction, the GeForce GTX 1080 now drops to $499.) Compared to the GTX 1080 that it is supplanting on the height of the corporate’s consumer-gaming product stack, Nvidia claims it’s 35 % quicker general, which shall be a heck of an improve certainly if it pans out, and must make the GTX 1080 Ti the important thing card to have for 4K gaming.
So, how is it imaginable for the GTX 1080 Ti to be quicker than the Titan X if it has a narrower reminiscence bus? The resolution is that it makes use of a quicker number of GDDR5X reminiscence that runs at 11GB in step with 2d as an alternative of 10GB in step with sec. While that may no longer sound like an enormous distinction, Nvidia famous in its press briefing that it has hired the quickest reminiscence interface ever created, and that used to be made imaginable via making developments from the primary technology of GDDR5X reminiscence it used at the earlier top-end Pascal GPUs. According to Nvidia, this actual model of the Ti card represents the Ti’s greatest jump from the style it’s in keeping with (that means from the GTX 780 to the GTX 780 Ti, or from the GTX 980 to the GTX 980 Ti).
In addition to the brand new reminiscence, Nvidia has made the vapor-chamber cooler a little higher, although you’ll be able to’t see it in pictures. Nvidia has doubled its floor space, and it claims that this variation lets in the cardboard to run 2.5dB quieter than the GTX 1080 and 5C cooler, as smartly.
The simplest different bodily exchange is to its energy connectors. Since the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti attracts 40 watts extra juice at most draw than the GeForce GTX 1080 it replaces (however 30 watts not up to the 2016 Titan X), it now has a six-pin and an eight-pin connector, in comparison to the lone six-pin at the GTX 1080.
Also: Nvidia has got rid of the dual-link DVI connector, so the cardboard has 3 DisplayPort 1.four outputs and one DVI 2.zero port.
Video RAM & Rollouts
Compared to the GTX 1080, it looks as if the GTX 1080 Ti shall be a card that is far better suited to 4K content material, because of its higher body buffer and greater efficiency. Nvidia claims its 11GB of super-fast reminiscence is greater than sufficient to maintain 5K gaming content material, which the GTX 1080 and its 8GB body buffer would merely no longer have the ability to maintain at top element ranges.
The rollout of the GTX 1080 Ti will resemble that of the unique GTX 1080, in that there shall be Founders Edition playing cards, in addition to playing cards designed via the corporate’s companions. The large distinction this time round—and that is nice information—is that they’re going to each be presented at the very same $699 MSRP. If you recall, the Founders Edition of the GTX 1080 used to be considerably costlier than the playing cards from Nvidia’s companions; the Founders playing cards bought for $699, in comparison to a projected $599 for its companions’ variations.
Observers, ourselves incorporated, known as this pricing scheme an “early adopter’s tax,” for the reason that Founders Edition playing cards had been to be had first, adopted via the spouse playing cards a month or two later. Unfortunately, although the Founders and third-party variations of the GTX 1080 Ti will each value the similar, as soon as once more you’ll have to wait a little to get your arms at the latter from EVGA, Asus, Gigabyte, and others. The Founders Edition playing cards will as soon as once more arrive first. However, they are going to be bought via Nvidia’s companions, as an alternative of simply being to be had from Nvidia itself, as used to be the case with the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070.
Finally, in an sudden flip of occasions, Nvidia is so pleased with its new reminiscence scheme deployed at the GTX 1080 Ti that it’s going to be including it to new SKUs of its GTX 1080 and 1060 GPUs. This way you’ll have the ability to purchase both “vanilla”-memory variations, or those new overclocked variations, although pricing isn’t recognized at the moment. The new reminiscence will permit third-party card suppliers to provide overclocked variations of those playing cards which have been driven additional than present overclocked fashions. Even higher, those new overclocked playing cards shall be to be had from Nvidia’s companions, so that you’ll have the ability to purchase a juiced-up model of the GTX 1080 or 1060 someday quickly.
The drop in value at the GTX 1080 non-Ti may be massive information for the top finish. Extreme configurations with, say, a couple of GTX 1080 non-Ti playing cards, smartly ready to run SLI-capable 4K video games buttery easy, simply were given a host extra reasonably priced.
The GTX 1080 Ti shall be that can be purchased subsequent week (this is, the week of March 6). We don’t have a explicit date we will proportion but, so that you’ll wish to inform your mortgage officer to be somewhat versatile. The GPU will value $699, and it is a shot throughout AMD’s bow as it’s getting ready to release its personal flagship Vega GPUs.
We’ll see after we take a look at the GTX 1080 Ti, however with this card possibly sitting atop the Nvidia person stack at what maximum would believe an overly competitive value, it looks as if AMD will undoubtedly have its paintings minimize out for it. More quickly as we get a assessment of the GTX 1080 Ti within the works.