Tuesday, February 28th 2017

NVIDIA Announces the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Graphics Card at $699

NVIDIA today unveiled the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, its fastest consumer graphics card based on the "Pascal" GPU architecture, and which is positioned to be more affordable than the flagship TITAN X Pascal, at USD $699, with market availability from the first week of March, 2017. Based on the same "GP102" silicon as the TITAN X Pascal, the GTX 1080 Ti is slightly cut-down. While it features the same 3,584 CUDA cores as the TITAN X Pascal, the memory amount is now lower, at 11 GB, over a slightly narrower 352-bit wide GDDR5X memory interface. This translates to 11 memory chips on the card. On the bright side, NVIDIA is using newer memory chips than the one it deployed on the TITAN X Pascal, which run at 11 GHz (GDDR5X-effective), so the memory bandwidth is 484 GB/s.

Besides the narrower 352-bit memory bus, the ROP count is lowered to 88 (from 96 on the TITAN X Pascal), while the TMU count is unchanged from 224. The GPU core is clocked at a boost frequency of up to 1.60 GHz, with the ability to overclock beyond the 2.00 GHz mark. It gets better: the GTX 1080 Ti features certain memory advancements not found on other "Pascal" based graphics cards: a newer memory chip and optimized memory interface, that's running at 11 Gbps. NVIDIA's Tiled Rendering Technology has also been finally announced publicly; a feature NVIDIA has been hiding from its consumers since the GeForce "Maxwell" architecture, it is one of the secret sauces that enable NVIDIA's lead.
The Tiled Rendering technology brings about huge improvements in memory bandwidth utilization by optimizing the render process to work in square sized chunks, instead of drawing the whole polygon. Thus, geometry and textures of a processed object stays on-chip (in the L2 cache), which reduces cache misses and memory bandwidth requirements.
Together with its lossless memory compression tech, NVIDIA expects Tiled Rendering, and its storage tech, Tiled Caching, to more than double, or even close to triple, the effective memory bandwidth of the GTX 1080 Ti, over its physical bandwidth of 484 GB/s.
NVIDIA is making sure it doesn't run into the thermal and electrical issues of previous-generation reference design high-end graphics cards, by deploying a new 7-phase dual-FET VRM that reduces loads (and thereby temperatures) per MOSFET. The underlying cooling solution is also improved, with a new vapor-chamber plate, and a denser aluminium channel matrix.
Watt-to-Watt, the GTX 1080 Ti will hence be up to 2.5 dBA quieter than the GTX 1080, or up to 5°C cooler. The card draws power from a combination of 8-pin and 6-pin PCIe power connectors, with the GPU's TDP rated at 220W. The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is designed to be anywhere between 20-45% faster than the GTX 1080 (35% on average).
The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is widely expected to be faster than the TITAN X Pascal out of the box, despite is narrower memory bus and fewer ROPs. The higher boost clocks and 11 Gbps memory, make up for the performance deficit. What's more, the GTX 1080 Ti will be available in custom-design boards, and factory-overclocked speeds, so the GTX 1080 Ti will end up being the fastest consumer graphics option until there's competition.
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160 Comments on NVIDIA Announces the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Graphics Card at $699

#4
ZoneDymo
Now we just need Vega to come out and Ill finally have the information for an upgrade
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#5
mrthanhnguyen
$699 is a very good price, but who paid $1k for the Titan X must not be happy.
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#6
gigantor21
raptori said:
$699
Cheaper than I expected, which is a nice change of pace for an NVIDIA card. That's only $50 more than the 980 Ti was at launch.

Still WAY out of my price range, but I'm glad it wasn't $800+, LOL.
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#7
NTM2003
Where's the pre order on Amazon lol take my money
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#8
MrGenius

Why does it look like it runs quieter the hotter it gets? Can that be right? Am I hallucinating?
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#9
OneCool
Is it just me or is there some wierd stuff going on here. Odd memory count really stands out for one....Seems like Nvidia is rushing it out to make as much as possible...No bias just seems wrong..
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#10
Kalevalen
MrGenius said:

Why does it look like it runs quieter the hotter it gets? Can that be right? Am I hallucinating?
your reading the graph backwards then
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#11
ZoneDymo
MrGenius said:

Why does it look like it runs quieter the hotter it gets? Can that be right? Am I hallucinating?
Its about the cooler, its hot because the fan is barely spinning and therefor its quiter.
The fan spins up to cool it down so noise increases.
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#12
champsilva
Kalevalen said:
your reading the graph backwards then
Yeah, i tried to understand what he saying haha
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#13
yoyo2004
MrGenius said:

Why does it look like it runs quieter the hotter it gets? Can that be right? Am I hallucinating?
I think it simply means at a given fixed fan noise (Speed) = it runs 5C cooler.
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#14
SpartanM07
mrthanhnguyen said:
$699 is a very good price, but who paid $1k for the Titan X must not be happy.
$1278 actually with tax and I'm very happy... Sell the Titan X for more than or equal to what I paid on eBay (checkout current selling prices, although it will most likely sell for less meow), buy new 1080 ti, pocket the extra, and all that after I've maxed every game for the past 7 months.
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#15
ShurikN
"While it features the same 3,584 CUDA cores as the TITAN X Pascal, the memory amount is now lower, at 11 GB, over a slightly narrower 352-bit with GDDR5X memory interface. This translates to 11 memory chips on the card."
Nice hack job
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#16
swirl09
Actually had fingers crossed for $799, so Im happy :)
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#17
arnoo1
Does this mean the gtx1070 will get a price drop so i can finally buy an newe gpu??

Few years back x70 card was around 370-420 @ launch ,now the gtx1070 is 480+ euro's wich is way to expensive
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#18
Blacksm1le
Even if it is a novelty this technology is already exceeded he even has no memory HBM2 which is very useful to play a resolution 4K On the side AMD the series RX500 will possess it a date of release in MAY, the famous architecture Pascal is a real fiasco on all the line It is only a graphics card overclocked with a Price of swindle
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#19
Prima.Vera
swirl09 said:
Actually had fingers crossed for $799, so Im happy :)
You will get it at aprox 850-900$, based on the experience with 1080 ;)
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#20
Melvis
lol $699? yeah right, I bet it wont be, still be over a grand here easy!
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#21
MrGenius
So...I'm reading the graph backwards? Ok. Then let me draw some straight lines and see where I went wrong.



32.5 dBA @ 88°C
35.5 dBA @ 82°C


Well looky there. The hotter it runs the quieter the cooler is. So the fan slows down and makes less noise as the card heats up. And the fan speeds up and makes more noise as the card cools down. Yep...makes perfect sense!
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#22
OneCool
11gb of VRAM screams something isn't right...W1z...Come on back my old ass up here.... Core math doesn't hold up on this lol...2+2 isn't almost 4
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#23
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
What dicks. It's like they sat and had a good laugh when they did the ram.

"hey guys how do we charge more at a higher margin?

Let's just pull a ram chip off they'll still buy it. "
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#24
evernessince
MrGenius said:

Why does it look like it runs quieter the hotter it gets? Can that be right? Am I hallucinating?
I think someone at Nvidia messed up...

The X axis is Noise level increasing from left to right.
The Y axis is Temp increasing from bottom to top

For some reason they have the card starting at around 88c with only 32.5 dBA and the noise increasing as temps go up.
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#25
Kyuuba
OneCool said:
11gb of VRAM screams something isn't right...W1z...Come on back my old ass up here.... Core math doesn't hold up on this lol...2+2 isn't almost 4
Probably to justify that at least it has less memory than the Titan XP?
I found this interesting on these three cards:
1080 8GB 256-bit Bus width - very common.
1080ti 11GB 352-bit Bus width - this is uncommon on graphics cards.
Titan XP 12GB 384-bit Bus width - common on high end gpus like the 780ti and 980ti.
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