NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 11GB Video Card Brings The Muscle

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Video Card

Just moments ago at GDC 2017, NVIDIA announced the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti after months of anticipation. The GeForce GTX 1080 features the GP102 ‘Pascal’ GPU with 3,584 CUDA Cores and it topped of with 11 GB of GDDR5X memory running at 11Gbps on a 352-bit wide memory interface. For comparison sake, the NVIDIA Titan X has the same GP102 GPU with 3,584 CUDA cores and runs 12GB of GDDR5X memory on a 384-bit wide interface.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Video Card

When you look at clock speeds the NVIDIA TITAN X is clocked 1417MHz core and 1480 MHz typical boost (1531MHz for maximum boost). The only number NVIDIA has given us for the new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is a typical boost clock of 1600MHz. The fact that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X has a higher boost clock than the Titan X is good sign as is the fact that they didn’t disable any of the CUDA cores on the card.

GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Video Card Specifications

  • 12 Billion Transistors
  • 1.6 GHz Boost, 2 GHz OC capable clock speeds
  • 28 SMs, 128 CUDA Cores each
  • 3,584 CUDA Cores
  • 28 Geometry Units
  • 224 Texture Units
  • 6 GPCs
  • 88 ROP Units
  • 352-bit GDDR5x Micron Memory
  • 220W TDP

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti does have some things disabled. For example you have eight fewer ROPs and a narrower 352-bit wide memory bus. NVIDIA hasn’t dished the details on some of the other specifics including things like the base clock, memory bandwidth (likely 492 GB/s) , texture units and pixel outputs, so we need to wait for some of those details to come out. NVIDIA did say the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will be faster than the Titan X, so this card is going to be a beast.

GeForce GTX Ti Performance Gains

These specifications are rather impressive and NVIDIA showed that the performance gain with this series Ti is larger than previous generations. The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is 35% faster than the GeForce GTX 1080, which is impressive. Could NVIDIA be worried about AMD Vega GPUs? They have really pushed the clock speeds and left all the cores on the GP102 enabled, so it also feels like they were trying to get all the performance that they could out of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti for gamers. Back in the day the GeForce GTX 980 Ti offered a 25% performance bump over the GTX 980 and an 18% gain on the GeForce GTX 780 Ti over the GTX 780.

hitman game performance

Here is the GeForce GTX 108o versus GeForce GTX 1080 Ti performance data to see the differences in a number of different game titles. Click the image to be able to read the titles and resolution each test was done at.

NVIDIA has a redesigned vapor chamber cooler that is being used on the GTX 1080 Ti and it cools better and allows the card to run cooler than the one designed for the GeForce GTX 1080. NVIDIA says that the doubled the cooling area on the vapor chamber GeForce GTX 1080 Ti  If the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1080 Ti were both running at 220W with their perspective coolers, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti would run 5C cooler and 2.5dB quieter thanks to the improvements. NVIDIA showed a demo during the launch event that had the cards GPU clock running over 2GHz (overclocked) with a GPU temperature of just 66C. That is impressive!

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Video Card

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti looks just like the GeForce GTX 1080 for the most part, but up top along the edge of the card you can see that there is now an 8-pin and a 6-pin power connector.

GeForce GT 1080 Ti Power Connector

This is because the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is a 220W TDP card whereas the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 8GB Founders Edition was a 180W TDP card with a single 6-pin connector.

GeForce GT 1080 TI Video Outputs

The video connectors on the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition graphics card consist of three standard DisplayPort connectors and one HDMI. There is no DVI connector on this board, so the airflow from the blower style fan can easily exhaust the hot air from the chassis.

Games and Needed Buffer Size

Since the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti has 11GB of GDDR5X memory it means that you’ll likely never run into a frame buffer size issue on any current game titles. NVIDIA said that the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti easily has enough memory to handle Watch Dogs 2 and Deus Ex at 5K screen resolutions.

GeForce GTX 1060 Overclock

There will be overclocked versions of the GeForce GTX 1080 8GB coming with 11 GBPS GDDR5X memory as well as a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5 video card with faster 9 GBPS GDDR5 memory very soon.

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition will launch first and then AIC cards will launch at a later date. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will be available from the AICs at the MSRP. The price of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will be $699.

NVIDIA has also lowered the price of the GeForce GTX 1080 down to $499.

Having a powerful graphics card is now more affordable thanks to the GeForce GTX  1080 Ti! Amazing prices and it looks like it has killer performance. We can’t wait to see how it performs as it comes out next week! AMD better hope VEGA is good as NVIDIA just dropped the hammer and it looks like they delivered an amazing card.

  • Maldonado Esteve

    Ummh no HBM2? No thank you!

  • Terry Perry

    WHY when a 970 or 480 with 8g ram with a Good 4 core will MAX out any Game today at 1080. Last year i bought a Plasma 52 for 500$ ship to my Door. Fry’s had a 43 1080p for 130$ Great Colors. The Games today are Fantastic at 1080p. WHY Waste Money. In 1 year Nvidia will have New cards again.

    • MrPoletski

      because plenty of people have left 1080p60hz long behind now?

      • Speedboat

        The 970 is good at pre 2016 era 1440p and 1527p gaming, even 4K gaming at pre-2014 games (years used just for general era in AAA graphical requirements). The 480 loses points in DX11 gaming, but gains a significant advantage when it comes to modern DX12/Vulkan games, in which the RX 470 becomes a competitor with the 970 with those API’s.

        Not an AMD fanboy, just a 970 owner who has pushed the card to the limit on multiple games and know when it works well and when it doesn’t. It’s still a credible modern AAA 1080p60Hz High-Ultra GPU, but only if you can find it for less than an RX 470 on the used market, which might be hard. You can do 1440p and even 1527p with this card, but you’d be pushing VRAM pretty hard, so some choice settings will have to drop, but still be outputting higher than console frame rates even at it’s worst.

    • Speedboat

      There were no 8GB 970’s from my recollection. All 970’s got the 3.5GB of high speed VRAM and a 0.5GB of slower, less efficient VRAM that caused stuttering in games pushing the 4GB VRAM limit (which most AAA titles can do today).

      • MrPoletski

        the ram wasn’t actually slower, it’s just it couldn’t be striped across all the memory controllers like the other 3.5gb could be. It’s like an 8 disk raid 0 array, but a percentage (0.5 of 4, 12.5%) of the data is written to only one disk so you get no benefit from the fact you have raid 0.

        • leexgx

          i thought issue (as how most found out this issue) was most games some how detected that the ram on the 970 was split partition 3.5-0.5gb and would just use 3.5gb of VRAM, as i remember lots of tests like BF and other games where it would only use 3.5GB of VRAM

        • MrPoletski

          I think the driver made that region of the memory separately addressable and people were able to avoid it for ‘optimisation’. tbh it’s not a great deal of use if it’s always going to effectively run at 1/7th the speed.

    • S.Nkm

      Last time I played on 1080p was like 10 years ago. Nowadays it’s just ugly, cheap low res.

  • Xena Warrior

    Pretty much dedicated to an AMD card now. Even though nVidia has better drivers, even with the hotfixes. In the end it comes down to price and if you are willing to throw that much dough at one product. If nVidia would of lowered the 1070 price as well I would buy the hell out of it a long time ago. Since they are pussyfooting around I will wait for Vega and hbm2 memory.

    • Arton Haziri

      nvidia has better drivers ? are you living in the past? nV drivers are nothing short of nightmare today releasing hotfix for hotfix to fix the hotfix….AMD drivers on the other hand are butter smooth for quite a while now…

    • Speedboat

      Nvidia did have better drivers, but AMD have really made a big turnaround. Now it’s the other way around. Both companies have ups and downs that don’t match up. When AMD are running super hot, inefficient GPU’s, Nvidia are running efficient and cool. When Nvidia are making super hot, Inefficient GPU’s, AMD are usually doing well. Same goes for terrible drivers, both have had driver problems that were reported to kill cards, but not at the same time.

    • wcg

      As the others have said, AMD drivers are much improved. In fact, I’m running an RX480, R9 290X and GTX 1070, drivers have not been an issue for me in a while. It seems to be less of differentiator these days which is a good thing.

  • Rauel Crespo

    So, a Ryzen 7 1700 + GTX1080-Ti may be in my future.

    • Stallman

      Wait vega

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  • calzolaio

    someone can read me iside Google cache?

    • The_Last_Metroid

      yes sir

    • Coach

      Cache me ousside? 😉

      • Georgian

        How bow that

  • calzolaio


  • Just waiting for the price…

    • Liroku

      It says it in the article…

      “The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition will launch first and then AIC cards will launch at a later date. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will be available from the AICs at the MSRP. The price of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will be $699.

      NVIDIA has also lowered the price of the GeForce GTX 1080 down to $499.”