NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Shatters 3DMark Time Spy Record With 2.5GHz LN2 Overclock

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As you no doubt already know, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is the fastest gaming graphics card to ever be unleashed on the enthusiast market. Taking the place of the already impressive GeForce GTX 1080, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is more closely related to the Titan X, incorporates 11GB of 11Gbps GDDR5X memory, and has a price tag of $699.

However, some people just aren’t content with the 1480MHz base and 1582Hz boost clocks of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. That’s where EVGA overclocking expert Kingpin comes into focus. Kingpin was able to overclock an EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition that was cooled using liquid nitrogen to an amazing 2.5GHz. This backs up NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang’s assertion at launch that the cards would be able to crack 2GHz with a little bit of assistance.

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In addition, the memory was overclocked from 11Gbps to 12.5Gbps, which is an incredible feat on its own. That means that we’re staring down the barrel of 500GB/sec of memory bandwidth from this single card.

A heavily overclocked GPU deserves an equally juiced up processor, and Kingpin doesn’t disappoint. Conducting the benchmark madness was an Intel Core i7-6950X that was overclocked to 5.1GHz using an EVGA X99 motherboard paired with 32GB of 3200MHz DDR4 memory.

When the final benchmarks numbers were tallied, the overclocked GeForce GTX 1080 Ti landed a 3DMark Time Spy score of 13,291 points, which is a new record for a single-card (besting the previous record holder, which was a Pascal-based Titan X). To put this number in perspective, we saw a 3DMark Time Spy score of around 9,400 when using a stock GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and a Core i7-6900X.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention our own overclocking attempts here at HotHardware. Marco was able to get our review sample GeForce GTX 1080 Ti to a maximum of 1,999MHz and cranked the memory to 11.3Gbps using air cooling.

Needless to say, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is capable of some extreme overclocks if you have the means and patience to hook up some LN2. However, not everyone wants to go through that effort, and the 2GHz clock speeds that we were able to achieve on air cooling are still impressive for this monster GP104 chip.

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is currently available for $699, which is quite the bargain compared to the $1,200 MSRP of the Titan X. For those that don’t need quite as much graphics horsepower, the GeForce GTX 1080 has been reduced to $499.