Reviews for the NVIDIA GeForce 1080 Ti are out, and it looks like NVIDIA has outdone themselves again in the consumer-grade GPU market segment. According to GPUBoss, the GTX 1080 Ti beats the GTX 1080 by 20% in texture rates, 35% in pixel rates, can perform 30% more GFLOPS, has 1,024 more shading units, 64 more texture mapping units, 24 more render output processors, and 40% more memory.
I bought a GTX 1080 about a month ago, and although I'm still really happy with the card, anyone considering a new build may want to be on the lookout for a GTX 1080 Ti. The added performance does come at a premium, though. The GTX 1080 Ti will be retailing for the same $699 that the 1080 Founder's Edition did, and the 1080 will be moving down to an MSRP of $499. We put together a review roundup from trusted sources all over the web to show a picture of just what the GTX 1080 Ti has to offer.
However, even though reviews show that the 1080 Ti knocks everything out of the park, ArsTechnica had reservations about the price. "... the performance increase over the GTX 1080 (30 percent) doesn't quite match the price increase (40 percent)," said reviewer Mark Walton.
However, for those who are wanting to bridge that magical gap into 4K 60Hz gaming, Anandtech's sentiment will be welcome. "NVIDIA is finally reaching the point where they can offer no-compromises 4K gaming."
I don't have a ton of problem gaming in 4K with the GTX 1080, but I've always been the type that valued graphical fidelity over framerate. The 1080 will push 30 fps for the vast majority of PC games in 4K, but that's just not enough for some, especially those that primarily game online.
The GTX 1080 Ti's reference design won't just be a rehash of the GTX 1080 Founder's Edition either. Eurogamer noted that the 1080 Ti has a redesigned cooler that improves airflow by twice as much compared to the 1080 Founder's Edition.
Although we're all excited to see what AMD's Vega platform will bring to the table, Tom's Hardware wasn't so sure holding off on a purchase would be worth it. Their review concluded that it would be hard to imagine a scenario where Vega could beat the 1080 Ti in bang for your buck.
PC Gamer seems to agree with that sentiment. They concluded that if you're a PC enthusiast with a high budget, the GTX 1080 Ti is the card to get right now.
If you're looking to upgrade, though, be warned. The GTX 1080 Ti takes 70w more power than the GTX 1080 according to Trusted Reviews. However, that power can be put to good use as shown by KitGuru who were able to get another 150Mhz core clock speed and another 200Mhz out of the memory.
Any way you cut it, AMD has a lot to prove when Radeon RX Vega cards come out in the second half of this year. You can get your hands on the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti starting today, though the only model currently available is the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti Founder's Edition. If you're looking for a card from a third-party vendor, keep an eye out, those cards will be popping up for sale over the next few weeks.