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GDC 2017: NVIDIA reveals GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, GTX 1080 OC and GTX 1060 OC

By Michael Low - 1 Mar 2017

GDC 2017: NVIDIA reveals GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, GTX 1080 OC and GTX 1060 OC

It's official: NVIDIA has finally revealed the long-awaited GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card during the week of the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco, California.

Based on the details gleaned from the press-only NVIDIA Editors Day event, the GTX 1080 Ti easily replaces the GTX 1080 and TITAN X in terms of performance and price, as the Founders Edition card will launch next week at a MSRP of US$699 (~RM3,109), with partner add-in cards to follow.

Below is a table that we've put together as a quick comparison of the new GTX 1080 Ti with the GTX 1080 and TITAN X. Not all specifications were revealed at the event, and we will update the missing entries as they are made available to us.

GTX 1080 vs. GTX 1080 Ti vs. TITAN X
  GeForce
GTX 1080
GeForce
GTX 1080 Ti
TITAN X
GPU Architecture Pascal Pascal Pascal
CUDA Cores 2,560 3,584 3,584
Base Clock 1,607MHz 1,480MHz 1,417MHz
Boost Clock 1,733MHz 1,582MHz 1,531MHz
Frame Buffer 8GB GDDR5X 11GB GDDR5X 12GB GDDR5X
Memory
Speed
10Gbps 11Gbps 10Gbps
Memory
Interface
256-bit 352-bit 384-bit
Memory
Bandwidth
320GB/s 484GB/s 480GB/s
Texture
Units
160 224 224
ROP
Units
64 88 96
Graphics
Processing
Clusters
4 6 6

Streaming
Multiprocessors

20 28 28
Display
Connectors
DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b,
Dual-Link DVI
DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b,
Dual-Link DVI
Display
Support
7,680 x 4,320 @ 60Hz,
HDCP 2.2
7,680 x 4,320 @ 60Hz,
HDCP 2.2
7,680 x 4,320 @ 60Hz,
HDCP 2.2
Dimensions 4.376" x 10.5", 2-slot 4.376" x 10.5", 2-slot 4.376" x 10.5", 2-slot
Power
Connectors
8-pin 8-pin + 6-pin 8-pin + 6-pin
Graphics Card
Power
180W 250W 250W
Recommended
System Power
500W 600W 600W
Launch Price US$699.00 US$699.00 US$1,200.00

As you can tell from the numbers above, it's clear that the new GTX 1080 Ti is derived from the same 16nm FinFET GP102 GPU that's based on NVIDIA's Pascal architecture. CUDA cores remained at 3,584, while the card's boost and OC clock speeds are rated at 1.6GHz and 2GHz, respectively.

Featuring 11GB of GDDR5X memory, the biggest surprise to the GTX 1080 Ti is in its memory clock speed, which is rated at a whopping 11,000MHz. So while the 352-bit memory bus width may seem like a step down, the memory bandwidth totals at  484GB/s, which ends up being marginally higher than the TITAN X's 480GB/s. According to NVIDIA, the GTX 1080 Ti offers an overall 35-percent performance improvement compared to the GTX 1080.

But there's more: as a GeForce first, NVIDIA itself announced two overclocked SKUs of the GTX 1080 and GTX 1060: (1) the GeForce GTX 1080 OC, and (2) the GeForce GTX 1060 OC. The former features 11Gbps GDDR5X memory similar to the new GTX 1080 Ti, while the latter receives 9Gbps GDDR5 memory. With that said, the base GTX 1080 will continue to be offered to consumers, but at a reduced price of US$499 (~RM2,219). No pricing and availability details for the two OC cards were announced for the time being.

Look out for more NVIDIA @ GDC 2017 coverage as we update you directly from San Francisco!