Well, the cat's officially out of the bag. Surprising nobody that was paying attention to the TIme teaser at GeForce.com, Nvidia has launched the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti this evening at GDC.
— NVIDIA GeForce (@NVIDIAGeForce) March 1, 2017
Folks like us that like to keep an eye on the comings and goings of graphics cards were expecting a card faster than the GTX 1080 but a bit slower than the eye-wateringly-expensive Pascal Titan X. In a change of the usual order of things, the GTX 1080 Ti is actually a bit quicker in some ways than the Titan X, thanks to its higher 1600 MHz boost clock.
Summing it up in few words: there's a lot of every flavor of the good stuff, and it all works out to what's an insanely high-performance card. Oddly enough, the GTX 1080 Ti has 11GB of 11 GT/s GDDR5X RAM on a 352-bit bus, two figures likely to send OCD buyers into a tizzy. Here's the full specs galore—and try to contain your credit cards in your wallets, yes?
|GTX 1080 Ti||Titan X
|Boost clock||1600 MHz||1531||1733|
|Texels filtered/clock (int/fp16)||224/224 (??)||224/224||160/160|
|Memory interface width (bits)||352||384||256|
|Est. transistor count (billions)||12||12||7.2|
|RAM bandwidth (GB/s)||492||480||320|
The GTX 1080 Ti uses a slightly refreshed version of the vapor-chamber blower cooler that's been appearing on Nvidia reference cards for some time now. The card requires eight- and six-pin PCIe power connectors to support its 220W TDP, and both Founders Edition and custom cards will apparently be available soon. The Founders Edition card will launch next week for $699.
Along with the launch of its highest-performance consumer graphics card yet, Nvidia is dropping the price of the GTX 1080, its former consumer performance champion, to $499.