NVIDIA's Killer GeForce GTX 1080 Ti To Make A CES Debut?

There’s no question that NVIDIA built a kickass graphics family with Pascal. From entry-level to the enthusiast class, NVIDIA has delivered compelling GPUs at a wide range of price points. Currently at the top of the Pascal totem pole is the Titan X, which pumps out 11 TFLOPs peak compute performance and comes with 12GB GDDR5X memory onboard.

Now that NVIDIA has addressed the budget end of the spectrum with the GeForce GTX 1050 and GTX 1050 Ti, it is once again focusing on the premium segment with the upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. This big brother to the GTX 1080 is rumored to not only take the place of the ferocious Titan X, but also undercut it in price as well.

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The Titan X has a MSRP of $1,200, while the GTX 1080 comes in a roughly half that amount. The rumored GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will come in somewhere between those two bookends, but will have performance closer to that of the Titan X.

It’s said that the GTX 1080 Ti will largely mirror the specs of the Titan X, which means it’ll retain the GP102 graphics core built on a 16nm FinFET process and 12GB GDDR5X memory. Memory bandwidth will also stay pegged at 480GB/sec. However, differences will be seen in the number of CUDA cores and clock speeds. While the Titan X has 3584 CUDA cores at its disposal, the GTX 1080 Ti will reportedly cut that number down slightly to 3328. Base and boost clocks have allegedly been raised to 1503MHz and 1623MHz respectively, while peak compute performance has only diminished slightly to 10.8 TFLOPs.

Of course, this information is based on rumor at this point, but it stands to reason that NVIDIA latest and greatest GTX 1080 Ti will be going toe-to-toe with AMD’s upcoming Vega 10 cards. In its most potent form, Vega 10 will come in a dual GPU variant with 18 TFLOPs of compute performance. If the rumors are correct, we have just about two months to learn about the full details of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti; it’s expected to be announced at CES 2017.