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.
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.
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.
Previous 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.
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!