NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti – Turned Up To 11


 

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NVIDIA has announced their new top of the line $700 flagship card, the GTX 1080 Ti. It looks like a beast and I hope to capture and let it loose inside my computer soon. NVIDIA has turned things up to 11; 11GB of vRAM running at 11Gbps and pushing 11.3 TFLOPs. That’s almost double the vRAM of the 980 Ti and double the flops, baby!

11GB sounds like a lot and there are those who will ask what you need that much GPU memory for – the same type of person who, back in the day, was quoted as saying, “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.”. Now, 40 years later, we know who wanted computers in their homes and we know why a video card needs 11GB of vRAM; to push VR and more realistic gaming, of course.

There are a few discrepancies, though, like the memory bus running at 352-bit vs 384-bit on the Titan X and 980 Ti respectively. The 1080 Ti also gets only 88 ROPs vs the 96 available on the Titan X. I assume the ridiculously high clock speeds make up for these design decisions, specifically 1480MHz base and 1582 boost clocks! That beats the pants off my 980 Ti with its 1000MHz base and 1075MHz boost clocks.