With the news coming from AMD at GDC about their new lineup, Vega, the 1080 Ti is bound to be Nvidia’s shot at trying to hold the crown of the best performing GPU. One puzzling fact about the release however is that the card with over 3584 cuda cores, 11.3 Teraflops of compute performance, and 11 gb of GDDR5X beats out their Titan X Pascal in some numbers, while offering the same cuda core amount.
This isn’t a new move by NVIDIA, as they always seem to undercut their Titan card with the Ti variant towards the end of its product life, but this is different. Pressure from the competition has made this release much more important. With the news from AMD, Nvidia was forced to take action and release a card that kills their top tier product offering for the sake of remaining in front of graphics card race.
AMD Vega looks very promising and with the “Ryze” of AMD recently, they are starting to look more and more like a top tier options for consumers. Nvidia had to respond and from the presentation, seems to have planted its foot in the ground with this announcement.
The GTX 1080 Ti is projected to be 40% faster than the GTX 1080, allowing the card to become the true 4k gaming card that Nvidia planned with the GTX 1080 originally. Coming in at an MSRP of $699, the card does undercut their product stack, but does bring a truly high end card for people looking to play at 4k on a single graphics card solution.
We have to wait for benchmarks from reviewers, but the 1080 Ti seems like a true step of from its younger brother, the 1080.