MSI GTX 1080Ti On-Hand

It’s been some time since the last Nvidia “Ti” videocard – the GTX 980Ti which was released back in June of 2015. The long wait is over with the GTX 1080Ti here, right now, in this exclusive preview.

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The bundle. The doohickey at lower left is a Display Port to DVI dongle

Gamers and content producers, and especially VR enthusiasts, is set to benefit greatly from the 1080Ti’s seemingly superfluous power. It’s reportedly 35 percent faster than a GTX 1080 on the most demanding games (meaning if you’re playing undemanding games there probably won’t be a big difference). It has 12 billion transistors and is manufactured on a cutting-edge FinFET process. 3,584 NVIDIA CUDA cores and a huge 11GB frame buffer running at 11Gbps (previous videocards maxed out at 10Gbps) deliver great increases both in performance and efficiency.

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Classic looks, with improvements
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A claimed 250 watt TDP

This Founder’s Edition is an MSI unit and retains what seems like the classic blower/heatsink assembly of past founder’s editions – but according to Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang – with a lot of improvements in cooling power. This, along with the aforementioned efficiency, lends superior heat dissipation using a new high-airflow solution and vapor chamber cooling, two times the cooling area of previous generations, all backed by a power architecture designed expressly to use its energy efficiently – and thus producing less heat – it uses a seven-phase power design with 14 high-efficiency dualFETs.

GTX1080Ti-2Previous Founder’s Editions were somewhat disappointing, with sub-par cooling performance, making it a good idea to wait for 3rd party vendors to come out with their custom cooled and modified versions. But expect the modified versions to come out strong and make a good showing, still. I’m especially looking forward to the MSI Twin Frozr version, which has historically been one of the better options for high-end videocards.

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Blower type cooler exhausts all hot air through the back and not into your case
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The Ti makes all the difference

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What this means for VR is mind-bending – as even more than 4k, high refresh rate gaming, VR is the most demanding type of rendering the 1080 Ti will meet – especially with more and more triple A VR titles coming out. Stay tuned for tests and the full review right here!

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