Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti - availability, specs, pricing and performance

Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti release date

The Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti is out now and you can bag yourself Titan X performance for nigh-on half the price of their top-tier GPU. It’s still retailing for around $699 (£699) but in relative terms it’s still a bit of a bargain for a serious 4K graphics card.

The numbers are in and the Titan X is toast. Check out our full, in-depth Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti review.

A few likely refreshes aside, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is going to be the final piece of Nvidia's Pascal puzzle, the last graphics card of this generation before the green team unveils their new Volta architecture. And as a final hurrah the GTX 1080 Ti is mighty impressive, besting the Titan X in gaming performance, if only by a small margin.

In a surprising move Nvidia have specced the new GTX 1080 Ti incredibly closely to the Titan X, previously the green team’s most powerful consumer GPU, and it's also hitting retail with an MSRP of $699 (£699), a significant saving on the $1,200 (£1,179) price tag of the Titan X.

And if bagging yourself the fastest graphics card around wasn’t enough you also get either For Honor or Ghost Recon Wildlands for free as part of Nvidia’s ‘Be the Hero’ promotion.

In the US Amazon and Newegg have the best deals on the GTX 1080 Ti, with Amazon's UK counterparts looking after things there. Overclockers UK though are promising the widest range of cards on the net. They’ve got the Founders Edition card with the classic Nvidia chiller and another 30 different custom boards for pre-order, all with prices starting at £689.99.

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Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti price

Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti release date

Because it’s specced so closely to the Titan X it’s certainly not a cheap card, but at just $699 (£699) it’s a hell of a lot less expensive than we were expecting. And with the slower Titan X still retailing on GeForce.com for $1,200 you could kinda call it a bargain. Kinda. I mean it's still pretty much $700 (£700) after all.

Nvidia have also taken a departure from their old Founders Edition shenanigans. The initial GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition card isn’t going to be demanding the extra price premium previous Founders Ed cards arrived with.

The GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition though is the first card to drop, but the partners will be shipping their own versions, with their own coolers, shortly after launch. Nvidia also aren’t restricting the Founders Edition to their own website, allowing their graphics card vendors to sell them too.

With the AMD RX Vega competition on the horizon soon it looks like Nvidia are looking to fire the first shots in what could shape up to be a real epic high-end GPU battle.

But $700 (£700) is a huge amount of cash to spend on a single component, so if the GTX 1080 Ti is too rich for your blood and you're after a new GPU today check out our guide to the best graphics cards around right now. We've picked our favourite graphics cards at a variety of price points to help you find the right GPU for you.

Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti specs

Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti specs

This is where it gets interesting and justifies that impressive pricing. The GTX 1080 Ti is almost just a rebranded Titan X. It’s using the same GP102 GPU with barely anything missing and only has one less gigabyte of video memory.

The GTX 1080 Ti has the same 3,584 CUDA core design, spread across 28 SMs. All that’s really missing from the Titan X’s core configuration are eight render output units - the 1080 Ti has 88 versus the Titan X’s 96. It’s also got the same number of texture units and the same 250W TDP. 

And even though it’s missing that single gigabyte of video memory Nvidia have dropped in Micron’s latest GDDR5X memory, with performance optimisations to allow it to run at a full 11Gbps, giving the GTX 1080 Ti a massive memory bandwidth of 484Gbps, which is ever so slightly faster than the Titan X.

Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti power

In terms of the GPU clocks the GTX 1080 Ti is also setup to run faster than the GP102 in the Titan X. The base clock of the new card is 1,480MHz with a boost clock of 1,582MHz. Though because it’s a Pascal GPU it’s going to have some serious overclocking headroom too. Nvidia say that a 2GHz overclocked GPU isn’t going to be beyond the realms of possibility.

And that could also have something to do with the new power system that Nvidia have dropped into the GTX 1080 Ti. The new dualFET design allows for the card to run with more power, but also to run more efficiently than the old GTX 1080.

Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti cooler

Nvidia have also updated the Founders Edition cooler too. The vapour chamber design now has twice the cooling area, which allows you to either run the card at the same temperature for a reduction in the dB levels, or conversely run it cooler with the same aural footprint as the GTX 1080’s reference cooler design.

Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti performance

Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti performance

We were originally expecting Nvidia to release the GTX 1080 Ti with a cut down version of the GP102 from the Titan X. That would have put it slightly behind the peak Pascal card in terms of raw performance. But with it utilising almost exactly the same core configuration and with a higher boost clock and faster memory, there’s every chance that it will leave the Titan X trailing in its gaming wake.

That missing one gigabyte of video memory doesn't really make any difference at all, especially with the extra speed actually delivering more memory bandwidth than the Titan X.

It seems like a mighty overclocker too with its new cooler and power design. On stage at the recent GeForce GTX Gaming Celebration we saw the new GTX 1080 Ti running at over 2GHz but with the Founders Edition cooler running at just 66°C. That's some impressively chilled gaming performance right there.

In reality we only managed to hit just over 1.9GHz with our Founders Edition card, but that's still a pretty meaty overclock. To keep ourselves sane we kept the fan running at a sensible rate, so in terms of temperature our chip was hitting around 88°C.

Which all means it severely outperforms the laggardly GTX 1080 too. Nvidia estimate that it ought to lead the GTX 1080 by around 35% which, they say, makes it the best ‘Ti’ card they’ve ever made. In our testing we've found it beating the standard GTX 1080 by up to 50% in some 4K benchmarks.

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gamertaboo avatarGamleerik avatarDave James avatarRock1m1 avatarTRUSOLDiER avatarpharos4ever avatar+12
boe_d Avatar
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1 Month ago

Without Crysis 4, I won't need a new video card any time soon. If NVidia was smart they would have bought Crytek for the sole purpose of making Crysis 4. They could have continued Cryengine development and sold tech support to developers.

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Murissokah Avatar
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3 Weeks ago

Haha, it's funny because it's true. The original Crysis started a golden rush for hardware makers.

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dhart Avatar
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3 Weeks ago

Actually... it was Far Cry (2004), not Crysis (2007) that started the "gold rush" for better video cards and gaming rigs. Crysis just helped to continue the cycle.

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Rock1m1 Avatar
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3 Months ago

I am pretty sure it will be 150$ more than 1080, so 750$ for non FE.

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sintheticreality Avatar
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4 Weeks ago

I'm waiting for official Vega specs/benchmarks/pricing. I've had nothing but Nvidia cards but I want to support AMD.

I'm doing a new build for VR by year's end or I wouldn't be upgrading at all, and while this Ti looks like a beast I'd love for AMD to earn back some market share.

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nashathedog Avatar
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3 Weeks ago

It's all very well stating the Founder managed to keep the card at 66 degrees on stage but what was the fan speed and noise level like?

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{WNRQ}TheDanishBacon Avatar
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3 Weeks ago

I just won a 1080Ti in a contest here in Denmark. I still can't believe it. Well there goes my 980Ti

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ThatThereTim Avatar
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3 Weeks ago

Unboxing was a bit lackluster. "there's a DVI adaptor in there" ...doesn't tell the audience whether it's HDMI to DVI-D, or DisplayPort to DVI-D. Also, no close ups of the card itself? Ports, sockets, fan, etc.

3/10 for this unboxing video.

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hairyfish666 Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

Actually, it was Quake 2 that kicked it all off. I'm old enough to remember Wolfenstein3D, Doom, Duke Nukem and Quake 1, all of which where released before 3D cards were a thing. With Quake2 came 3dfx, the first mainstream consumer 3D card and it has just grown since then.

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Dave James Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

Oh man, I remember the thrill of plumbing in my first 3dfx card bundled with Quake 2. Was a frickin' revelation!

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Rock1m1 Avatar
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2 Weeks ago

I expect to see better thermal and less fluctuations in clock speed from the AIB manufacturers.

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gamertaboo Avatar
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3 Months ago

Not sure exactly where you're getting your information, but there is absolutely no way that the GTX 1080 AND GTX Titan X Pascal have GDDR5x memory, and the new flagship GTX 1080 Ti will only have GDDR5. Never going to happen in a million years.

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Dave James Avatar
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3 Months ago

As I said in the piece it would be an odd choice for Nvidia to go with straight GDDR5 when, as you say, the Titan X and 1080 both have GDDR5X. The recent rumours have put it at 10GB of GDDR5, but I totally agree, that would be weird, especially as there are other rumours of Nvidia refreshing the Pascal GPU lineup with GDDR5X across the board next year.

The recent shipping manifest showing an Nvidia card with 10GB of GDDR doesn't show what kind of memory it is. At the moment it's looking like we'll have to wait and see what Jen-Hsun says next year...

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Gamleerik Avatar
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3 Months ago

Agreed, I think this is a case of misunderstanding. There's no way it will have regular GDDR5.

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†METAL† Avatar
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3 Weeks ago

the gtx 1080 absolutely does have gddr5x memory

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blackout_alban Avatar
1 Month ago

Actually Nvidia claims is GDDR5X

https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/geforce/products/10series/geforce-gtx-1080/

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Dave James Avatar
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1 Month ago

That's actually the page for the original GTX 1080, though I hear you, it would be surprising were the Ti version not to use the same.

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MrDDT Avatar
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4 Weeks ago

GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

GPU Architecture Pascal Maxwell

Frame Buffer 11 GB GDDR5X

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TRUSOLDiER Avatar
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2 Months ago

and what a disappointment Nvidia's CES keynote was. other then the new Nvidia shield TV console and a ton of to far in the future AI krap like self driving cars there was no real great reveals. NO GTX 1080 Ti!

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pharos4ever Avatar
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2 Months ago

Hmmm yeah I would agree about when they will release it. Last Maxwell gen the 980ti came out around feb-march. I think the 1080ti pascal version would do the same. I guess all we can do is wait and see.

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Yolos Swagolos Avatar
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2 Months ago

980ti was most definitely launched early June...the 7th off the top of my head. I predict this will launch very shortly after the AMD Vega cards do, much as the 980ti/FuryX last year. I expect pricing to once again sit comfortably around whatever they charge for Vega (magic 8ball says $699).

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