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NVIDIA Launches The Ultimate GeForce: GTX 1080 Ti, Priced At $699

While the Mobile World Congress 2017 is in full swing in Barcelona, NVIDIA is up with its next monster graphics card: the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco. It is the new king of graphics in the PC gaming world handily beating the last year’s powerhouse, the GeForce GTX 1080. Priced at $699, it is said to be around 35 percent faster than the GTX 1080 marking the biggest leap forward for the company's TI series. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang declared it as "the ultimate GeForce", as in some instances it can even surpass the currently fastest $1200 GTX Titan X of 2016.


Now the nerdy stuff! The new NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080Ti boasts of the same Pascal architecture of the vaunted Titan X launched back in August 2016. It is a 12 billion transistor part with 28 streaming multiprocessors packing 128 cores each (totaling to 3584 CUDA cores), 224 texture units, 28 Geometry Units and 88 ROP units split across six graphics processing clusters. The GPU boost clock speed is of 1582 MHz that can be overclocked all the way up to 2000 MHz while maintaining a temperature of around 66 celsius. Talking about the RAM the card features a rather odd 11GB of memory, on a 352-bit GDDR5x memory interface instead of the 12GB GDDR5X, 384-bit interface of the Titan X. But this difference is compensated by the higher memory bandwidth of 11 Gbps rather than the Titan X's 10 Gbps.

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NVIDIA has also improved both the cooling solution and power supply of the card. The cooling solution now covers more surface area of the card allowing it to run at around 2 decibels quieter. On the power front, the new card is rated a TDP of 220 Watts, compared to the older card’s 250.

An overview of the specs of GTX 1080 Ti:
  • 12 billion transistors
  • 3584 CUDA Cores
  • 1.6 GHz boost, 2 GHz overclocked
  • 28 SMs, each having 128 cores
  • 28 Geometry Units
  • 224 Texture Units
  • 6 GPCs
  • 88 ROP units
  • 11 GB 352 bit GDDR5X VRAM @ 11Gbps
At the price of $699, the GTX 1080 Ti is a worthy successor to the 1080 and also much more affordable and better performing than the 2016's powerful Titan X that sets you back $1200. The price for India translates at around Rs. 46,700 in direct conversion but it is yet to be officially announced. It could be a lot higher due to various taxes, customs, and other surcharges. Pre-orders for the card begin from March 2 at 8 am PST on NVIDIA’s website.

Source: ArsTechnica

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