After months of rumors and delays, the 1080 Ti is finally here. This is probably the most delayed Ti card after the flagships. But on the bright side, it is enough of an upgrade to making it worth the wait. The 1080 Ti is an amazingly fast card beating the 1080 by a huge margin and terribly close to the Titan for about half the cost. In fact, there is no reason to to buy the Titan X now that the 1080 Ti exists. The specs should give you a better story.

1080 1080 Ti Titan X
Processor (nm) 16 16 16
Transistors (Billions) 7.2 12 12
Die Size (mm^2) 314 471 471
CUDA Cores 2560 3584 3584
Base Clock (MHz) 1417 1480 1607
Boost Clock 1480 1582 1733
VRAM (GB) 8 11 12
VRAM Speed 10,000 11,000 11,000
BUS Width 256 352 384
ROP 64 88 96
TMU 160 224 224
TFLOP 8873 11340 10609
Bandwidth (GB/s) 320 484 480
TDP (Watts) 180 250 250

Spec wise, the major difference is that the Titan X has 1GB more VRAM more than 1080 Ti. In some places like the Base Clock and the Boost Clock, the 1080 Ti outperforms the Titan X. The difference between the 1080 and 1080 Ti though, is a completely different story. It’s like night and day. The only place where 1080 is better is in energy efficiency. The 1080 consumes only 180W of power, while both the 1080 Ti and Titan X consumes 250W and requires more pins to power them up. But to be fair, they require that kind of power for all the extra graphic processing.

Design wise, Titan X has a cool Matte Black build, whereas 1080 Ti continues to have the same build of 1080. It has the same heatsink with nice metal corners and one fan which is not that loud.

On the connectivity side, the 1080 Ti comes with three display ports and one HDMI port. There is no DVI port which is available in the 1080. A Display Port to DVI is included in the box, but it is disappointing. I have a 144Hz monitor which supports only DVI and the included cable does not support more than 60Hz. I had to get another Display Port to DVI converter to use my 144Hz Monitor. Removing the Display Port is completely fine, but they could’ve included a good quality converter in the box instead of the one it comes with.

Performance wise, the 1080 Ti is built for 4K and beyond. Make no mistake, the 1080 is capable of doing 4K gaming, but just above 30fps for most of the recent titles. The 1080 Ti though, can easily run the latest titles in 4K, above 60fps. This is with the highest settings possible for both the cards.

To test the card, I ran it on my personal rig with the following specs:

Processor i7 6700K
Motherboard Asus Maximus VIII Hero Alpha
RAM 2 x 8GB DDR4 2666Mhz
SSD Samsung 960 EVO : 250GB PCIe NVMe M.2
SMPS Corsair RM1000x

For our benchmarks, we pitched the 1080 Ti against the 1080 for a couple of reasons: Thats the only Pascal series card we own and the other reason is we felt the 1080 to be the real contender for 1080 Ti. We felt no need to bring the Titan X in because it was only slightly better and ridiculously more expensive in terms of value for money.

Game Resolution 1080 Ti 1080
Rise of the Tomb Raider 1080 168 129
1440 111 83
2160 62 48
Hitman 1080 133 116
1440 114 91
2160 53 50
Battlefield 1 1080 140 129
1440 95 91
2160 54 50
Gears of War 4 1080 154 129
1440 110 89
2160 58 41
GTA V 1080 132 110
1440 109 83
2160 81 62
Witcher 3 1080 131 92
1440 96 65
2160 59 40

From the benchmarks, the 1080 Ti clearly outperforms the 1080. We did try overclocking it, but like every other Founder’s edition card, we had a maximum difference of 10 frames. Here are the benchmarks for overclocking at 1440p.

Game Stock Overclocked
Rise of the Tomb Raider 111 122
Hitman 114 125
Gears of War 4 110 119
GTA V 109 120
Witcher 3 96 103

Summing things up, is the 1080 Ti worth it? If you’re buying a new card, you should definitely get the 1080 Ti. But it is not an essential upgrade if you already have the 1080. Also, the price of 1080 has substantially dropped to about $500 and the 1080 Ti is at the price point 1080 was previously at, which is about $700. The price drop is not just in the US. If you’re from India, you can pick the 1080 for Rs. 40,000 and the 1080 Ti for Rs. 70,000 following the same pattern. The Titan X though, is priced over Rs. 1 Lakh. So right now, the 1080 Ti is the best consumer GPU to get considering the price and performance.

NVIDIA 1080 Ti Review: Titan X Level performance at a lower cost
  • A good leap from 1080 to make it worthwhile
  • Titan level performance
  • No more DVI port and the included adapter is not good enough for high framerates
9.3Overall Score

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