There's no denying it - the performance NVIDIA has squeezed out of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is nothing short of a miracle. We have Titan X level performance, where in some games it isn't quite as good - and by that, we mean by a few frames per second, or we have better-than-Titan X performance.
NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti easily handles the GTX 1080, offering at least 20-25% more performance across the board, and in 4K gaming - the performance gap grows. The 11Gbps of bandwidth on that wider 352-bit memory bus on the tweaked GDDR5X really flexes its muscles on the GTX 1080 Ti at 1440p and 4K.
As I was benchmarking the GTX 1080 Ti, I realized something: I'm in dire need of a new 5K monitor to really push these new graphics cards. The GTX 1080 Ti is a bloody solid card, capable of handling any and all gaming situations. 1440p 144/165Hz G-Sync display? No problem. 4K 60Hz G-Sync display? Easy.
How Can AMD Compete With Radeon RX Vega?
I expected this type of performance but was hoping for around 20% from the faster GDDR5X bandwidth at 11Gbps, but the wider bus on the GTX 1080 Ti alongside the improved and faster GDDR5X is potent. So now it has infected me and made me think differently about what I expect from AMD and its upcoming Radeon RX Vega graphics card. NVIDIA has really changed the entire game with the release of the GTX 1080 Ti, as it creates an even higher performance expectation from Radeon RX Vega, months before it's released.
AMD now needs to aim for two different possible futures, wherein the first one they actually do it - they beat the GTX 1080 Ti and its mammoth performance. This incarnation of the Radeon RX Vega would need to be a monster, offering beyond GTX 1080 Ti performance (10-20% faster) and smaller - and either the same price, if not $499 - for it to have that 'oh, holy sh*t' feeling.
NVIDIA Owns The High-End/Enthusiast Market, With No Competition
NVIDIA has really nailed the enthusiast graphics card market, and improved it beyond words with the release of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, and the re-tweaked GTX 1080 with 8GB of the new 11Gbps-capable GDDR5X (the same gear that is on the GTX 1080 Ti) and an upgraded GTX 1060 with 9Gbps of GDDR5 (up from 8Gbps on the original GTX 1060).
The work between NVIDIA and Micron have enabled the GTX 1080 Ti (and the new tweaked GTX 1080 and GTX 1060) to offer an even tighter grip on the high-end/enthusiast level of graphics cards. Right now, there is absolutely no Radeon card in the vicinity of NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti - heck, not even the older GTX 1080, let alone the new one with faster 11Gbps GDDR5X memory.
Leading into NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference in May, what should we expect? Now that NVIDIA has released its much anticipated - and holy balls it's amazing graphics card in the GTX 1080 Ti, maybe NVIDIA will unveil its next-gen Volta architecture.
Volta will change everything, again - and while the fallout from the GTX 1080 Ti is going to be huge for AMD already, Volta is an entirely new kettle of fish. Pascal has been a technological achievement to get the Maxwell architecture and refine it to the point of the GTX 1080 Ti with 11GB of GDDR5X at 11Gbps, killing it for $699 - all without using HBM2, or a truly new GPU architecture.
NVIDIA hasn't shifted to using HBM2 on consumer graphics cards yet, but do they need to? With 11Gbps of bandwidth from GDDR5X, there's no reason to - unless they have a gigantic hammer to swing - which I think they do, and it will crush High Bandwidth Cache. HBC is a large part of the Vega GPU architecture from AMD - which are using HBM2 on the Radeon RX Vega series of graphics cards.
NVIDIA has just trumped them with a massive 484GB/sec of memory bandwidth on the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti without using HBM2, all for $699 - with partner cards in all shapes and sizes to come very soon. If you're an enthusiast right now, you're blinded by GeForce products left, right, and center.
The more exciting thing is where to for NVIDIA from here... the GTX 1080 Ti crushes everything right now, so what is in store for us with Volta?
Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST
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The Bottom Line: NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is the most amazing graphics card to come in a very long time, offering $1200 performance from the Titan X for just $699. AMD's answer with Radeon RX Vega needs to be nothing short of MONSTROUS.
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