Nvidia has just released their new flagship video card, the model GTX 1080 Ti. The card comes with 11GB of GDDR5X RAM and is designed for 5K and above resolutions. The GTX 1080 Ti is retailing for $699, the same price the GTX 1080 was released at last year. The great news is that the GTX 1080 has dropped to $499. Curiously, it does not appear that the GTX 1070 has dropped in price.
Nvidia Releases GTX 1080 Ti Faster Than The GTX 1080
Nvidia claims the GTX 1080 Ti is approximately 35% faster than the GTX 1080, even though it ships with a slower core and boost clock speed. The GTX 1080 Ti shares a lot of its architecture with the Titan Pascal but is slightly faster. The GTX 1080 Ti has 3584 CUDA cores compared to the GTX 1080s 2560 CUDA cores. The Ti version has 3GB more RAM, and the memory bus is wider at 352-bit compared to 256-bit for the GTX 1080.
With great power comes the need for a bigger power supply. The new GTX 1080 Ti requires a minimum of 600-watt power supply, 100 watts more than the 500-watt required for the GTX 1080. Where the GTX 1080 required one 8-pin supplementary power connector, the GTX 1080 Ti requires both the 8-pin and 6-pin connectors. This should not be an issue for any decent gaming power supply. With the extra power comes more heat. The Ti runs a few degrees warmer than the GTX 1080.
AMD’s New Flagship Card
With the release of the GTX 1080 Ti, Nvidia has beaten AMD from coming to market with their latest flagship video card, the Radeon RX Vega. The ‘Vega’ video cards will replace the R9 Fury series. What makes the RX Vega special is its High-Bandwidth Controller and High Bandwidth Cache. This combo allows the GPU to use the PC’s RAM to stream in rendering data. AMDs new flagship video card is expected to be released sometime in late May or June.
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