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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition: Ultimate king of 4K gaming

By John Law - 15 Mar 2017
Launch SRP: RM3699

Benchmarks and Performance

Benchmarks and performance

To test the card, we installed it into our testbed as listed below:

  • Intel Core i7-5960X
  • MSI X99S XPOWER AC (Intel X99 chipset) motherboard
  • 4x 4GB Apacer Blade DDR4-3200 RAM (Auto-timings: 16-16-16-36)
  • Kingston HyperX Predator 480GB PCIe SSD (OS, benchmarks, and games)
  • WD Caviar Black 6TB (Games)
  • Windows 10 Professional

We will also be using our 28-inch XB280HK 4K gaming monitor provided to us by Acer. For the gaming performance benchmarks, we ran our list of games in two resolutions: 4K (3,860 x 2,160) resolution and at WQHD (2,560 x 1,440) resolution.

As a point of comparison, we pitted the GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition’s performance up against a custom-cooled variant of its predecessor, a Palit GameRock Premium GTX 1080. We also updated the drivers for both cards to run on the latest 378.78 GeForce drivers to keep things fair.

As always, we overclocked the GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition in an effort to squeeze out as much performance as we could from the card. That being said, we only managed to overclock the card by an additional 160MHz for its core clock, and additional 340MHz for its memory clock. To do this, we also had to increase the core voltage by an additional 18 percent.

Our list of synthetic benchmarks and video games include:
 

Benchmarks:

  • Futuremark 3DMark (2013)
  • Unigine Heaven

Video games:

  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • DOOM
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition
  • Far Cry 4
  • Overwatch
  • Rise of the Tomb Raider
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands

Our game list has differed slightly from our original list, simply because we were thinking of the most graphically-demanding titles that we could throw at it. Ultimately, we even managed to slot in the recently released Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands into the list due to the game’s relatively high graphics requirements in order to run it at its maximum graphics setting.

As we expected, the GTX 1080 Ti absolutely dominated the GTX 1080 in test of the 3DMark benchmark, and we aren’t talking by a hairline margin either. The GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition was well ahead of its predecessor either by a couple or several thousand points in all Fire Strike tests, as well as Time Spy.

In the Unigine Heaven benchmark, the difference in performance was, once again, like night and day (or like the sun and the moon, if you’d prefer). In comparison, the GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition was very close to maintaining 60 fps in 4K, while the GTX 1080 was barely able to go pass that the 45 fps mark at the very same resolution.

The card’s awe-striking performance wasn’t just limited to the synthetic benchmarks. On our most demanding titles (Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Dragon Age: Inquisition, and Ghost Recon Wildlands), the raw power of the GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition was plain to see. We were seeing nothing less than 50 frames on average at 4K resolution for all of our titles, the only exception being the new Ghost Recon Wildlands title. At WQHD, the card was still the reigning champion (naturally), with titles such as DOOM and Overwatch pushing past the 110 fps average mark.

Alas, all this performance and power comes with a price, and for the GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition, that price comes in two caveats: the amount of heat generated, and the amount of power consumed. At its peak, the card was hitting temperatures close to 90-degree Celsius, far more than the Palit’s 73-degree Celsius.

And then there’s the massive power draw of the card. Compared to the GTX 1080’s maximum TDP draw of 280W, the GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition was pulling a good 450W on full load. This massive power draw was consistent even when we ran our 3DMark tests, and with titles such as Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Ghost Recon Wildlands.

9.0
The Good
Performance far exceeds the GeForce GTX 1080
Fair amount of overclocking headroom
Handles 4K gaming beautifully
Cooler shroud design still looks sleek and modern
The Bad
Very high power consumption
Temperatures can go as high as 90-degree Celsius