GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Review: Featured Graphics Card For 4K Gaming

NVIDIA makes AMD take a defensive step. GDC 2017 produces a battle between red and green camps

Computer news – NVIDIA again makes AMD take a defensive step. GDC 2017 generates a new battle between the red and green camps, but if AMD presents only the new dominoqq GPU naming Radeon RX Vega, NVIDIA is able to present new graphics cards to showcase to technology and game developers.

Vega is set to be released around Q2 2017 and NVIDIA seems to be taking the strike step by launching a new flagship graphic card before AMD presents a more competitive alternative. The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card is NVIDIA’s most aggressive offer up to now with a 35 percent increase compared to the GeForce GTX 1080, not to mention its better performance than the Titan X 2016.

Just to provide context, GeForce GTX 1080 performs faster than the Maxwell-based Titan X and is considered the peak of gaming performance. This means that NVIDIA is delivering great performance improvements in just one generation and GeForce GTX 1080 Ti continues to deliver ultra-enthusiast performance to an exciting price level of US $ 699.

What is clear, almost everyone has known the arrival of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti because it has appeared in many leaks. NVIDIA model graphics cards are usually an update in the middle of a cycle of existing graphics cards. Ti’s version was presented to inject fresh blood on the existing line of graphics cards and keep the media crew busy while preparing the next generation GPU.

However, this latest Pascal graphics card made by NVIDIA is not just a filler among the GTX 10-series graphics cards and future generations. This is a bold attempt to increase the performance expectation margin at the price level.

 

Although the naming indicates it is just a more brilliant version of the GeForce GTX 1080, NVIDIA’s latest graphics card is actually more similar to the Titan X 2016. It is based on GPU Pascal GP102 and is presented with very similar specifications – 3586 CUDA core, 28 Streaming Multiprocessor (SM) , And 224 Texture Mapping Units (TMU).

But if Titan X carries a 384-bit memory bus width thanks to 12 32-bit memory controllers, NVIDIA provides only 11 32-bit controllers resulting in a smaller 352-bit bus width on the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. However, interestingly, the GTX 1080 Ti still has a higher memory bandwidth compared to the Titan X of 484 GB / sec versus 480 GB / sec. NVIDIA seems to be fond of the number 11 because it is available 11 GB of GDDR5X memory capacity running at clock speed of 11,000 MHz.

According to NVIDIA, modern games in 4K resolution have touched the limits of today’s GPU capabilities with 8 GB of memory, so an extra increase in memory capacity will help graphics cards work at higher resolutions.

 

 

New graphics card brings higher clock speeds than the Titan X that is the base clock 1480 MHz and boost clock 1582 MHz. However, this new graphics card is actually capable of running with a higher boost clock on certain scenarios.

Since the 32-bit memory controller is tied to the 8 Render Output Unit (ROP), GeForce GTX 1080 Ti has 88 ROP compared to 96 units on Titan X.

Below is the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti specification (TMU and ROP numbers have not been accurately displayed by GPU-Z):

 

 

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition

 

 

Like most other 10-series graphics cards, NVIDIA introduced the Founders Edition model of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti that shows familiar designs like the existing Founders Edition graphics card.

Although NVIDIA’s partners are able to deliver custom-featured graphics cards, it is undeniable that the Founders Edition model is the best-looking graphics card. Its well-designed aluminum body and backplate metal are available to protect PCBs. The backplate section also has a removable section called NVIDIA capable of helping airflow in the SLI configuration by widening the gap between two graphics cards.

GeForce GTX 1080 Ti relies on a copper vapor chamber and dual-slot aluminum heatsink for cooling. The blower-style fan directs the hot air to the back of the graphics card so that the heat does not circulate inside the casing. The cooler is also claimed to be quiet and cool (up to 5 degrees Celsius) compared to GeForce GTX 1080 for the same power load.

 

 

However, compared to GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, NVIDIA has also made some changes to the graphics card design to accommodate a more power-hungry GP102 GPU. Its power supply is now powered by a 7-phase dual FET design for a total of 14 highly efficient dual FETs capable of providing up to 250 Ampere power to the GPU. For power supplies, GeForce GTX 1080 Ti provides one 8-pin PCIe connector and one 6-pin.

Another change is in the video connector where NVIDIA removes the DVI connector which is usually below the DisplayPort and HDMI connectors. This allows the ventilation cavity to be larger for cooling the cooling system heat. To replace the DVI dual-link connector, NVIDIA provides a DVI adapter to DisplayPort so you do not have to buy a new cable.

Available monitor screen connectors are standard ie three DisplayPort 1.4 ports and one HDMI 2.0b connector.