When Nvidia GeForce’s website said “It’s Almost Time” and showed a countdown timer earlier this evening, the PC community got ready for a big announcement. The “hidden” Ti on the website could only mean one thing: The successor to the GTX 1080, announced just nine months ago, the GTX 1080 Ti, was launching tonight.
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang got up on stage twenty minutes late, or 10:22 PM EST. He began by enthusiastically announcing that PC gaming as an industry is doing better than ever. More people are playing than ever before since the barrier to entry is so much lower than it used to be, and Twitch.tv is seeing more daily views than ever. According to Huang, “PC gaming is vibrant. PC gaming is thriving, thanks to [pc gamers].”
Jen-Hsun then moved on to the next part of the presentation. Since Huang wants “more [pc gamers to] enjoy the world’s fastest graphics card,” Nvidia announced that the GTX 1080 Founders’ Edition is now $100 less expensive, at $499. In addition, five lucky winners in the audience received free GTX Titan XP graphics cards.
However, these parts of the presentation were just gearing up for the big announcement. After the Twitch stream died, many viewers turned to Facebook live video to hear what they had been waiting for: The GTX 1080 Ti is now official.
Boasting 11GB of GDDR5X VRAM, 3584 CUDA cores, and 11Gbps memory speed, the GTX 1080 Ti is Nvidia’s fastest gaming graphics card to date. Out of the box, it blows past the Titan XP and runs 35% faster than the 1080, especially due to the 11Gbps memory speed, which Jen-Hsun emphasized. The 1080 Ti also includes a new seven-phase power delivery system. “The current that [it] deliver[s] is lightning-fast and it’s really…stable.”
The launch event also included a test of the 1080 Ti’s capabilities. The card rendered a Paragon character study view in real-time, and at the end of the test, the card’s statistics were revealed. Running on a stock cooler, the card achieved a 2038 MHz core clock and a 5603 MHz memory clock, all while being only 66°C.
|Specification||GTX 1080||GTX 1080 Ti|
|Framerate||61 FPS||“Well over 100 FPS”|
The card ran much faster than the 1080, but most specs from this year’s test at first glance show little improvement. The GTX 1080 ran the Paragon test at 61 FPS, but this year, the 1080 Ti’s FPS count, according to Jen-Hsun, was “well over 100 frames-per-second.” If that is true, the card really is 35% faster. In addition, the memory clock was almost 100MHz faster, but interestingly, the GPU core clock was lower this time around. The temperature of the 1080, however, was only one degree hotter than the 1080 Ti, and considering the FPS bump, getting virtually the same temperature is impressive.
Overall, the GTX 1080 Ti is an incredible card, and definitely worth your completely reasonable $699. Compared to the Titan XP, which released in August for $1,200, this is an excellent price, especially since the 1080 Ti is faster than the Titan XP.
The GTX 1080 Ti will be available next week, so it’s time to start selling your 1080 before it sits in a giant pile of e-waste!