This has to be my most prized possession since setting up GReviews and our day has finally come. Yes that’s right, we have received our first GPU to review and what better card to set the hardware section alight then the GTX 1080 Ti?
This card has setup Nvidia for the past year or so and it does not seem to be slowing down any time soon. Obviously this comes at a price; the Ti model is currently one of the more expensive models you can buy. At the time of writing this review it will run you about £800 or more depending on where you look. If you have the money to go for it then you would be a fool not to as this card will carry you onto the next generation of VR, 4K and even further.
Under the hood it’s packing 3584 CUDA cores, 224 texture units and 88 ROPs. The GTX 1080 boasts a higher clock speed but the Ti model is running more cores and VRAM, a massive 11GB DDR5X which in turn will boost performance in both benchmarks and gaming.
I know you’re sitting there thinking that this is just a cranked up GTX 1080 but I can assure you this is an entirely different card and it comes with its own bells and whistles. The Ti comes with a gig less memory than the Titan X, but Nvidia have done this deliberately so that it will give the card faster data speeds.
When it comes to the design of the card Nvidia have never been one to break the mould. So if you’ve seen any of the Nvidia, Pascal based, founders edition cards then don’t expect an overhaul here. Not that I’m complaining. The sharp angles and metal finish still look good to this day. Add the card in an RGB setup and it looks amazing. Under the hood however is a different story.
The 1080Ti has newly designed internals so this will give the card a much higher delivery of power and will certainly improve the running heat rate of the card. At the back we have multiple connectors for monitor connections. The card comes equipped with one HDMI 2.0 port alongside three DisplayPort 1.4. Incase you’re worried about having a monitor that doesn’t quite make it into the 21st Century then boxed up is an adaptor to connect from DisplayPort to DVI.
The removal of the DVI port helps in keeping the card cool as it allows more room and better air flow. Nvidia claim its new airflow system will double the airflow area of previous models. In tests under full load we can agree with their claim and the card sat happily at around 75 – 78 degrees Celsius. Obviously pushing the card to do more will affect the temperature especially if you’re a fan of overclocking, but none the less this beast should hold its own.
If you’re a keen gamer, and no doubt you are if you’re after a card like this, then you will truly be stumped by the sheer performance of this GPU. Before receiving this card I was running a 1050 Ti and I thought that was decent when playing but now I have the 1080 Ti it worries me that I was living in the past for so long. It seemed no matter what game I played with 1080Ti there was just a silky smooth gaming experience from start to finish. Now of course this is game dependent as some games will demand more from a GPU than others.
I tested out Battlefield 1 on this monster with everything at its finest and the 1080Ti was running over a 150 frames per second at Full HD. The game looked glorious. I have to admit and I was noticing details that I had never really seen before. At higher resolutions the frame rate will drop of course but at a max resolution in Ultra HD I was getting around 50 to 60 frames per second which is still more then enough for an online FPS of Battlefield 1’s quality. Now as I always seem to test BF1 when reviewing any piece of hardware I though I would move in a different direction and opted to have a few hours on Grand Theft Auto 5. Good lord I thought this game looked good on PS4 but on PC with a 1080Ti the world of San Andreas has never looked so vibrant and alive. Again I tried running the game at the top settings with Full HD resolution 1920×1080. The game was topping out at over 150 frames per second so I decided to crank the resolution to Ultra HD. Bear in mind GTAV is a massive game and the world around you constantly changes in terms of what is happening so the power you need for a decent run of it is insane. Or so I thought, the GTX 1080 Ti handled like an absolute dream. Obviously when the screen becomes heavy with cars blowing up or gun fire etc. my frame rate was dropping slightly, but for the most part I was running steadily over 60 frames per second.
Of course Both Battlefield 1 and GTA 5 have been heavily optimised so I’m not saying the Ti is the answer to 4k gaming and not all the games tested had such positive results but it is damn close. Knock the resolution down and start playing at 1440p or 1080p and this card is a dream. There’s nothing out there this won’t handle at these resolutions. Throw in a G-sync monitor and this card will take your gaming to a new level. I should also mention our test rig.
CPU: i7 7700k @ 4.2GHZ
Motherboard: Asus Maximus v gene
RAM: Corsair vengeance 16G DDR4 @ 3200MHZ
PSU: Corsair platinum 850 watt
Cooling: Corsair H110i Liquid cooling
Storage: 1 x 240G Samsung pro SSD 1 x WD 1tb black
OS: Windows 10
All this was achieved without even having to overclock the card even slightly so I dread to think what we would be looking at as Nvidia claim the card can be overclocked up to 2ghz. I’m not a massive fan of overclocking as I always have that doubt that I will change something I shouldn’t and I’m then sitting there with a smoldering pile of computer parts.