Apr 07, 2017 11:44 PM EDT
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti No Longer The Fastest But It’s Still Fast; No Upgrade Needed [Video]
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is no longer the fastest card in the market, having been supplanted by the newly unleashed monster Titan Xp. However, a $699 4K VR-Ready GPU, as opposed to a $1,200 beast of a card, still offers excellent PC gaming performance and it does not need to be upgraded anytime soon.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is a fast card with 3,854 CUDA cores, 256 less than the Titan Xp. Both cards have the same base boost clock at 1582MHz though the GTX 1080 Ti has only 11GB of DDRX5, which is 1GB shy of its supplanter. It shares the same Interface at 384-bit but the GTX 1080 Ti trails behind in bandwidth with 484GB/s or lesser by 103.7GB/s. Both has the same 250W TDP, use the same 8-pin connector and supports SLI, Hot Hardware reported.
The clear verdict is in that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti has been supplanted with just over a month to hold its reign as the fastest card on the market. NVIDIA has unleashed its monster GPU in preparation for AMD RX Vega, which is "just around the corner." Not much is known about AMD's Vega chips other than a few leaked slides but gamers can expect to hear more about how AMD stacks up against NVIDIA pretty soon.
AMD's RX Vega will have to face-off NVIDIA's version of a full-fat GP102 processor, from which the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is based from but only in a cut-down version. As of now, the Titan Xp is only available from NVIDIA with add-in-board partners not yet ready with their own tweaked version.
The hundred dollar question now is whether or not there is a need to upgrade to the current fastest card in the market. For those who have purchased the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti either in its Founders Edition or from AIB retailers, the experts say that there is no need to upgrade yet.
Even the GTX 1080 will do for superb PC gaming experience, so would its tweaked version. Moreover, early gamers' reactions concur that an individual can buy a whole gaming rig for $1,200 instead of just a single card even if it is the mighty Titan Xp.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti's $699 price tag still holds weight among gaming enthusiasts requiring the best gaming performance. Moreover, it has now received MacOS support along with the GTX 10-series and of course the Titan Xp. Mac owners may now optimize using the best that NVIDIA can offer and no longer limited to the Maxwell architecture, PC World reported.