EVGA slaps 12 GT/s memory on the GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Elite

Boy, I love my new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. It runs everything I play full-bore in 4K resolution without breaking a sweat, and it's quiet while doing so, too. Yes, it sure is nice to have the fastest gaming graphics… wait, what's that? EVGA's just released a new GTX 1080 Ti with 12 GT/s memory? Son of a gun. Indeed, the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Elite card is now available in a version with 12 GT/s GDDR5X memory.

This card is, to our knowledge, the first product on the market using the latest and fastest SGRAM. According to EVGA's Jacob Freeman on Twitter, older cards can't jump up the clock rate with a BIOS update because the new card uses "a different memory." That would imply that the GDDR5X DRAM ICs on these cards are in fact new packages rated for 12 GT/s operation, and not simply overclocked modules.

With 11 GB of 12 GT/s memory on its 352-bit bus, the new EVGA card comes out to 528 GiB/sec of memory bandwidth. That puts its throughput ahead of everything else on the market save for the Titan Xp (which it very nearly matches) and the massive, HBM2-equipped Quadro GP100. The core clock rates on the new card are untouched from the original FTW3 Elite, at 1569 MHz base and 1683 MHz boost speeds. Again like its predecessor, the card includes EVGA's 10-sensor iCX cooling system.

It would be interesting to compare the performance of one of these cards versus the company's top-tier GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kingpin card, which runs the usual 11 GT/s memory but has higher core clocks and a more aggressive boost profile. Unfortunately, that card costs almost as much as a Titan Xp—and it's out of stock, anyway. Meanwhile, the new GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 Elite 12 GT/s cards are ready to go for $849 on Newegg.

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    • Kretschmer
    • 2 years ago

    Well, time to junk my trashy 1080Ti Founders Edition. How embarrassing!

    • gmskking
    • 2 years ago

    I am waiting for the GTX 1080 TI FTW3 Elite X Turbo Max.

      • UberGerbil
      • 2 years ago

      …Platinum Board of the Year Anniversary Edition. With sprinkles.

        • Sargent Duck
        • 2 years ago

        Cherry on top?

      • Mr Bill
      • 2 years ago

      [quote<]“Likest thou jelly within thy doughnut?"[/quote<] [quote<]"Nay, but prithee, with sprinkles 'pon it instead, I said solemnly, and frosting of white.” [/quote<]

    • DPete27
    • 2 years ago

    Take that Vega.

      • Shobai
      • 2 years ago

      I would if I could, Pete, I would if I could.

    • meerkt
    • 2 years ago

    [quote<]the latest and fastest SGRAM[/quote<] SGRAM is overrated. WRAM + VLB is where it's at.

      • RAGEPRO
      • 2 years ago

      Haha. Micron does actually call it SGRAM though.

        • meerkt
        • 2 years ago

        Quaint. Now the acronyms follow the trend of movie and game titles? Coming up next: EDO (2018).

        • Klimax
        • 2 years ago

        WTF!
        (Just recently tested through some VGA cards with SGRAM…)

    • cynan
    • 2 years ago

    Whoopee! Only an extra $100 for 2 more fps at 4k and exactly 0 more fps at all lower resolutions. Not to mention the fact that some 1080 Ti luddites with antiquated 11 GT/s memory are able to OC pretty close to 12GT/s speeds.

    And no. I’m not bitter at all that I just took delivery of a 1080 Ti and haven’t even had a chance to install it yet. (-1 day with the fastest gaming GPU on the planet! The Epeeeeen of it all!)

      • morphine
      • 2 years ago

      dem feelz bro

      • Srsly_Bro
      • 2 years ago

      It’s only $850 on Newegg. I hope that news can prevent more tears from forming.

      • DPete27
      • 2 years ago

      It’s only $50 more than the 11GT/s FTW3 on newegg. Let’s be fair here.

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