Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

4K and HFR, here we come!

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If you’re look­ing to blow the bud­get on a toplevel card, you can’t re­ally put a foot wrong with the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. AMD’s re­cently-re­leased Vega graph­ics cards are aimed at the GTX 1070 and 1080, re­spec­tively, so for now, there’s noth­ing from the red team that that can com­pete against Nvidia’s lat­est Ti flag­ship, with AMD seem­ingly con­tent to fo­cus on the midrange and en­try-level mar­kets un­til at least 2018.

How­ever, given the 1080 Ti is a whop­ping $500 more than the 1070 and around $300 more than a stan­dard 1080, the ques­tion be­comes one of how ex­ces­sive you want to get. In other words, should you go for a sin­gle 1080 Ti for around $1,100, or opt for a pair of GTX 1070s for about $100 more?

If you’re gam­ing at 4K or on a larger ul­tra­w­ide, a sin­gle overclocked GTX 1080 Ti can net you a 60fps av­er­age in most games — across our 15-ti­tle suite, our 4K av­er­age was 65fps, while a pair of 1070s in SLI was 75fps. At lower res­o­lu­tions, the higher clock­speeds of a sin­gle 1080 Ti ac­tu­ally turns out higher av­er­age fram­er­ates. There are still lots of caveats with SLI, like the need for a beefier PSU (although an 850W will be am­ple of two 1070s), game sup­port isn’t universal and, more­over, that SLI tech still doesn’t work with VR. You’ll also want to pick up an HB bridge, for around $60, to en­sure the best SLI per­for­mance.

Un­less you’re run­ning a 4K or multi-mon­i­tor setup, then, the GTX 1080 Ti is the safer, sim­pler bet — and the one we’d rec­om­mend for most set­ups. If you do go the SLI route, be pre­pared to have to tin­ker and trou­bleshoot.


If you’ve got cash to burn, the best op­tion in this cat­e­gory is also the most re­li­able.


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