Nvidia has announced its next monster graphics card: the $699 GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang unveiled the new card on stage at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, where he promised that the GTX 1080 Ti not only offered “35 percent more performance” than its predecessor (the base GTX 1080), but that it was even faster than the current king of cards — the $1,200 Titan X.
The GTX 1080 Ti beats out the regular GTX 1080 in most specifications, with 11 GB of 11 Gbps DDR5X VRAM, compared to its predecessor’s 8 GB. And while the Titan X has more RAM — 12 GB — it runs at slower speeds of 10 Gbps, and falls very slightly behind the new card in terms of bandwidth and compute power. The GTX 1080 Ti also isn’t as much of a power hog as the $1,200 Titan X, pulling 220 watts, compared to the older card’s 250.
Nvidia says the new 1080 Ti will arrive in stores this month, and it will also bring a price cut for the older GTX 1080, reducing it to $500. If you’re considering the best though, in order to build a brand-new rig for VR or 4K PC gaming, you might want to skip out on last year’s card — the GTX 1080 Ti looks like the new gold standard.