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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Review

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition: Conclusion

Less than a year ago, we saw that the GTX 1080 ushered in a new level of FPS performance to go along with a ton of all-new NVIDIA tech and ecosystem additions to set it up as the card to have and technology to use for your high performance(or otherwise) gaming rig. Not a lot has changed over the past year, with the GTX 1080 being the highest performing video card on the market. Well, until the GTX 1080 Ti with 11GB of G5X memory. Much like I saw with the 9 series, the Ti version of NVIDIA's Pascal powerhouse just tears up the rule book and dumps an unheard of jump in performance for the move to the Ti variant. For your hard earned coin, you get a card that truly can play any game including Crysis (the age old joke) at 4K resolutions and enjoy a seamless experience. By using GeForce Experience, you can have your settings optimized for the game and resolution so you can see even higher FPS levels than I have seen with my testing.

Whereas AMD staked its claims last year at the price points where the bulk of the video cards are purchased, NVIDIA has continued to deliver for the hardcore gamer and enthusiast from the top to the bottom. Pricing is what it is when you go launch to launch and see the price points drift up and down based on the performance delivered by one make or the other. Along that vein, the Founders Edition of the GTX 1080 Ti comes to market at the same point that the GTX 1080 FE hit at launch last May, $699. For that price, you get a well engineered card that has all the enhancements we saw on the GTX 1080 FE, NVIDIA's own premium branded card. If $699 is a bit steep, the GTX 1080 FE is currently selling for $549. 

Stock performance metrics show that NVIDIA's target of a 35% boost in performance over the GTX 1080 was not an idle boast. In every game at every resolution, we see big performance deltas over the GTX 1080 FE. With that kind of FPS performance, you would think that there is not much more left, but you would be wrong. NVIDIA leaves some meat on the bone for the overclocking crowd. Performance takes another jump by overclocking. I was able to massage the GPE Boost 3.0 clock on the core up to just over 2000MHz without any additional voltage. The new 11Gbps rated G5X memory is able to reach well above last year's introductory 10Gbps G5X memory. I was able to push to just under 1500MHz again without much more than some tuning time and no additional costs other than my pride when I could not stick the memory over the 1500MHz threshold. Hey, it's free FPS! Go get it! Using a second card in SLI is only going to improve your gaming performance and experience, especially at 4K, where even a single GTX 1080 Ti delivers FPS that could be called buttery smooth! 

Using the full implementation of Pascal on the GP102 core, gaming performance at higher resolutions is where the GTX 1080 Ti excels as a truly 4K viable option using a single video card. The 11GB of a new more efficient G5X memory does not hurt the situation in the least, as it allows a ton of memory bandwidth to make sure there are no memory limits. Now that the gauntlet has been thrown down, it's going to get interesting when AMD delivers its next GPU architecture in the near future. For now, the best card on the market continues to wear the NVIDIA logo!    

 

Pros:

  • Same $699 intro pricing as GTX 1080
  • 4K performance
  • 11GB of New GDDR5X memory
  • Cooling
  • VR ready
  • Turbo Boost 3.0
  • Overclocking
  • VR Works
  • Ansel
  • ShadowPlay

Cons:

  • None
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