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Nvidia introduces 1080Ti – “Fastest gaming GPU ever” at $700

Following the success of the 10 series of graphics card, Nvidia has now launched a new GPU for professionals- the GTX 1080Ti. Nvidia’s CEO introduced the long-awaited GPU at the Game Developers Conference held in San Fransisco.

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This past year, Nvidia launched the Pascal series of graphics card. These include some of the most powerful consumer grade GPUs till date like the GTX 1080 and the Titan XP.  Now the new iteration to the GTX 1080 improves much more than just the name.

Why the ‘Ti’ suffix in 1080Ti?

Nvidia gives the the ‘Ti’ suffix to more powerful versions of cards like the still popular 750Ti. This was a significant improvement over the GTX 750. This 4-year old card still holds up today managing to run most modern games smoothly at 1080p resolution. The 1080Ti is no exception. Nvidia CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang claimed that the 1080Ti is 35% faster than the GTX 1080, which was already a very powerful piece of hardware. Not only this but it is expected to be more powerful than their top of the line $1200 card- the Titan XP. While it has not been tested, it’s a safe bet to assume that the 1080Ti will pack more power. In addition to improvement in raw-power, Nvidia has made this card more power efficient as well.

1080Ti specifications:

  • 3,584 CUDA cores
  • 11GB of GDDR5X memory
  • 11Gbps memory bandwidth
  • 1.6GHz clock speed
  • 12billion transistors, manufactured on a FinFET process
  • 220W TDP

The primary reason the 1080Ti has managed to edge out the 1080 and Titan XP is its massive 11Gbps memory bandwidth. And the 3000+ cuda cores on top of that will make video editing, VR gaming and 4K or even 5K gaming a breeze.

The 1080Ti Founders edition is priced at $700 and will be available for purchase in a week. Nvidia has also lowered the price of the GTX 1080 to $500 making the 1080 an even more attractive offer for enthusiasts.

Nvidia’s top rival AMD is also prepping for a release of their new lineup of GPUs with the ‘Vega’ architecture. No doubt, the 1080Ti has made things harder for AMD who have been struggling in the high-end GPU segment.

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