Last week was a big deal in the realm of technology, the releasing of AMD's Ryzen processor brought fourth anticipation and excitement. In the same week NVIDIA stole some thunder from AMD by officially launching what many considers to be the most powerful and fastest gaming graphic card to date, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Though graphic card was announced last week at the Game Developers Conference you already the folks at NVIDIA offering consumers pre orders instantly after the conference, with shipping starting a day or two later (last Friday).
With that said, lets talk about (no pun intended) the nuts and bolts of the graphic card, what makes this particular piece of video hardware the must have for the staunch PC builders.
We know right off the back this video card is deemed as being the fastest around. It's already been reviewed and tested, the confirmation is definitely legit. Why is the GTX 1080Ti fast? It could be the components that's on board the graphics card.
For starters, the entire GeForce GTX 1080Ti graphics card is powered by the Pascal GP102 GPU, same graphics processor that runs the Titan X, just for the sake of informing the readers NVIDIA's other high end graphics card, in fact both the 1080Ti and Titan X practically mirrors each other. When it comes down to GTX 1080Ti specs, it comes fully loaded starting with 11GB of GDDRX5 memory, a memory clock that measures 1100MHz, it have a 352-bit G5X memory interface, memory bandwidth the measures 484 GB/s. These numbers are comparable to the Titan X. The only difference the GTX 1080 Ti have a much higher memory clock speed.
Then there's the GPU, the core of the GTX 1080 Ti, it has a base clock speed of 1,400MHz, with a 1,582MHz boost clock and I failed to mention that the GDDR5X memory is clocked at 5.5GHz, this is the contributing factor of the graphics card being ultra fast. The graphics card also have a peak texture filtrate of 331.5 Giga Textels/s, which also edges out the Titan X in this category.
To power this graphics card, you'll need at best 250 watts requiring 8-pin and 6-pin power feed respectively. This means you'll need a power supply that exceeds 650 watt or more if necessary.
I'm always big on any hardware or device that have a key selling point feature, in the case of the GTX 1080 Ti, aside from the components on board, for me key feature on the graphics card is the total redesign of the thermal vapor. The actual cooler features a radial fan have a much larger vapor chamber that's linked directly to a much thicker heat sink fin, thus pushing heat directly out of the vents.
Graphics cards this of its high end caliber is more than capable of supporting 4K video playback, GTX 1080 Ti can support 4K displays at 120Hz, 5K displays at 60Hz and even go as far as supporting 8K displays at 60Hz. The display ports on this graphics card is the reason why it can support such high resolution video, it has a trio of full sized DisplayPorts and 2.0b HDMl port, the big minus is there's no DVI ports on this graphic card. There are 4 display ports altogether which is more than enough for a multi-monitor setup, and run VR.
So what we have here is definitely a graphic that not only mirrors the NVIDIA's own top tier Titan X,but its slightly fast,powerful and it cost almost half the price of the X at $699. Now I know what you're saying, $699 is still pricey which I agree totally, but you get what you pay for, published reports it performing at a high level, its power efficient, and overclockable. Admittedly I would certainly include this graphic card in my next build no matter the cost.
Source: Hothardware and NVIDIA