13 Mar 2017

The fastest gaming graphics card money can buy

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A lot of GPU for not that much money (relatively speaking) A lot of GPU for not that much money (relatively speaking) Nvidia


Nvidia’s new $700 GTX 1080 Ti, unveiled at GDC last week, is billed as the Ultimate GeForce GPU and promises performance 35% faster than the GTX 1080. And that is impressively speedy!

Nvidia has released a new GPU card — Founder’s Editions are available direct now — and it is big news for those who need high end GPU performance for their video applications. The new card, the GTX 1080 Ti, promises Titan-X type performance for about half the price and uses the same GP102 GPU as the Titan-X with a faster memory bus.

At $699 compared to the Titan-X at $1200, it is almost half the price for comparable performance, so it seems worth it to save some money and get the cheaper card or even to get two of the cheaper card if your application and motherboard support multiple graphics cards.

The new card is slightly handicapped compared to the full Titan-X. It has 88 render output units compared to the 96 render output units of the Titan-X and it has a slightly odd 11GB of memory compared to the 12GB of the Titan-X. Bt with that 11GB of memory running a bit faster, it might be able to still keep up with the Titan-X in a lot of applications.

The card still has the same 3,584 CUDA cores as the Titan-X and the GPU runs slightly faster in the GTX 1080 Ti, at least in terms of base clock speeds; 1,480MHz compared to the 1,417MHz of the Titan-X.

Of course there are cheaper options if you are looking to make a cost saving at the expense of performance such as the older GTX 1080 (watch out for the similar name, it's a different card with a different GPU) and the GTX 1070, but the GTX 1080 Ti is expected to give very similar performance to the Titan-X for a much cheaper price, certainly the gaming benchmarks for the card hold this up. We will have to wait and see how the card holds up in video applications but I would expect to see similar results.

The Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti will be the last card to make use of Nvidia's Pascal architecture. Given that this card competes so strongly with the top of the range Titan-X card, I suspect this means there will be a new card to replace the Titan-X at the high-end in the near future.

I'm expecting a new card to arrive with NVIDIA's new Volta architecture which will be something utterly groundbreaking and will once more set a new standard for high end GPU's but we will have to wait and see.

Press release over the page.

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Freya Black

Freya Black is a Freelance writer, director, cinematographer and artist based in the UK, (the land of cold winters and rainy days). She believes cinematography is all about creating magic through light. Her all time favorite film is "Freaks" by Todd Browning. Freya is a big fan of chocolate, owls and the night.

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