We'll kick off our conclusions with our famous value scatter plots. The best values cluster toward the upper left of the chart, where performance is highest and prices are lowest. We've presented this data two ways: one as average FPS per dollar, and the other as 99th-percentile FPS per dollar (converted from frame times so that our higher-is-better approach makes sense).
So there you have it. Whether in performance potential (as measured by average FPS per dollar) or delivered smoothness (as measured by 99th-percentile FPS per dollar), the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is the finest single-GPU graphics card that we've ever tested by a wide margin. It makes smooth, fluid gaming at 4K with ultra settings an accessible prospect, and it'll scream at similar settings and lower resolutions. In an age where incremental advances are becoming the norm, the GTX 1080 Ti sets a new bar for what's possible from a gaming PC. Don't play games on a GTX 1080 Ti unless you want to go home with one. It's that good.
Though $700 is a lot to pay for a graphics card, I think the GTX 1080 Ti is fairly priced, too. Its 99th-percentile-FPS-per-dollar result is 33% or so better than the GTX 1080's. With Nvidia's new $500 suggested price tag for those cards, the 1080 Ti is about 40% more expensive in its Founders Edition form than the former king. Considering that we're getting similar performance to what the $1300 Titan X Pascal offered before this point, the GTX 1080 Ti seems like a great value. Of course, a $1300 graphics card makes almost anything seem like a great value.
The GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition card is a fine piece of hardware in its stock form, allowing the GP102 GPU to boost well above Nvidia's modest 1582 MHz boost clock for sustained periods with low enough noise levels. Overclockers attempting to wring the most from GP102 may want to wait for custom cards with more board power to spare, though, because overclocking both the memory and the GPU core clock on our example required the GPU to run well below its peak overclocked boost speed from time to time thanks to power limits.
Even so, we got our 1080 Ti's GDDR5X memory to a jaw-dropping 12.1 GT/s stable speed and its GPU to a 1974 MHz boost clock without much drama. Those tweaks were good for an extra 10% or so of performance in our brief tests, and that could make the difference between near-60-FPS and 60 FPS on average in some of the titles we tested at 4K. It's definitely worth spending some time in MSI Afterburner with the GTX 1080 Ti if you don't mind more noise.
Whither AMD in these results? We decided not to include the R9 Fury X in our final tally, since not all of our games ran acceptably on it and retail stock of that card seems to be drying up ahead of the Radeon RX Vega launch. Still, some back-of-the-napkin math suggests Nvidia is extracting about twice the performance that Fiji offered from the same power budget. That's an impressive achievement.
AMD may have a high-end fighter soon in its upcoming Radeon RX Vega, but the GTX 1080 Ti's arrival now likely isn't happenstance. Our seat time with pre-production Vega hardware suggests that at least one of those cards will provide GTX 1080-class performance rather than GTX 1080 Ti-slaying power. If so, cutting GTX 1080 prices to $499 is a rather aggressive play by the green team, since it could set a ceiling on what AMD can charge for some members of its latest and greatest. Still, we expect that RX Vega will be competitive with higher-end Pascal for the first time in a while, and if there's one thing we welcome in the PC hardware market, it's more competition.
Back in the present, we have no real complaints about the GTX 1080 Ti. It's as close to perfect as a high-end graphics card can be right now, and its killer combo of delivered performance, high efficiency, and a reasonable price tag make it a shoo-in for a TR Editor's Choice award.
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