It has been almost a year now since NVIDIA first announced their Pascal line of graphics cards, and people have been eagerly awaiting the unveiling of the 1080Ti, a chip that promised to deliver near Titan X like performance at a more manageable cost. While AMD have yet to announce details about their top of the line “Vega” competitor, the introduction of the new AMD RYZEN CPU architecture along with a continuous stream of information regarding the new cards have prompted NVIDIA to go ahead and announce their new top of the line consumer model, the GTX 1080Ti.

NVIDIA is touting that the new graphics chip is 35% faster than the GTX 1080, which would actually make it faster than the Titan X, the premiere chip from the company (which costs $1200). They are able to do this with some new engineering magic, which they are calling ‘Tiled Caching’, which will make the card extremely attractive  for those looking to get Titan-level performance for almost half the price – $699.

The full specifications are listed below:

  • 12 Billion transistors
  • 1.6 GHz Clockspeed, 2 GHz Boost (1.4, 1.5 GHz boost on Titan X Pascal)
  • 3584 CUDA Cores (same as Titan X Pascal)
  • 352-bit memory bus (384-bit on Titan X Pascal)
  • 11 Gbps memory speed (10 Gbps on Titan X Pascal)
  • 11 GB of RAM (12 GB on Titan X Pascal)
  • 220 Watt TDP (250 on GTX Titan X Pascal)

The company will also begin selling new GTX 1080 and 1060 cards with altered amount of memory. A 9GB GTX 1080 and 7GB GTX 1060 will be making their way to shelves soon, which should play an interesting role in the current market.

In terms of VR, the GTX 1080 should absolutely slay anything you throw at it. NVIDIA says this is the 4k 60FPS card that consumers have been waiting for, and if the 35% performance bump can be believed, they very well may have hit the mark just right. This should enable even higher density VR headsets to start hitting the market as well, as most high-end solutions currently use 2k panels for each eye.

Are you excited for the new card? AMD will be announcing their own competitor later this year, so it should be interesting to see what they can pull out in the coming months.

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