Nvidia green-lights faster RAM on GTX 1060 and GTX 1080 cards

Ivan Hill
March 4, 2017

These new and exciting developments came at the heel of NVIDIA's announcement of its latest graphics card, GeForce GTX 1080 Ti which, as NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang pointed out, is better than its two leading graphic cards released previous year, "It's time for something new, something that's 35 percent faster than a GTX 1080, something that's faster than Titan X Let's call it the ultimate GeForce", as posted on NVIDIA blog.

The GTX 1080 Ti is expected to give better gaming performance and richer virtual reality experiences. The GTX 1080 Ti has 8-pin and 6-pin power connectors and TDP around 220 W.

This permissive policy on memory specifications should allow board vendors to hit a larger variety of price targets and reduce the rather wide gap between the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB and the GTX 1070, as well as the presumably-smaller divide between the GTX 1080 and its upcoming GTX 1080 Ti overlord. Rumors about the upcoming card were circulating for months, but majority proved to be wrong.

As for its specs, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti comes with frame buffer capacity of 11 GB GDDR5X.

MSI is teasing the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X edition. The Santa Clara, California-based technology company also guarantees that their next flagship graphics card will deliver faster performance by up to three times than the usual.

Nvidia are also promising that you'll be able to top 2GHz too with some healthy overclocking headroom. It consists of 12 billion transistors, 28 geometry units, 224 texture units, 28 streaming multiprocessors and uses a 352-bit GDDR5X memory interface.

In terms of memory bandwidth and raw compute performance, the 1080 Ti actually rates higher than the Titan XP, one percent more bandwidth and eight percent more compute.

The initial GTX 1080 Ti cards will all be Founders Edition models, but later on, the card will also come in custom designs. The 1080 Ti MSRP is $699 at the launch.

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