GeForce GTX 1080 Ti



The for­mer heavy­weight cham­pion of the graph­ics card world still packs a punch, and prices may drop with the ar­rival of the RTX cards. But Nvidia isn’t likely to keep man­u­fac­tur­ing the 1080 Ti, so as sup­ply dries up prices will likely climb again be­fore new cards dis­ap­pear into the ether. Like the RTX cards, you should have a 1440p or 4K dis­play be­fore buy­ing a card like this, as it’s overkill for 1080p.

Per­for­mance re­mains ex­cel­lent in ex­ist­ing games, los­ing to the RTX 2080 by less than 5% on av­er­age. The main con­cern with the GTX 1080 Ti is that it doesn’t have all the new fea­tures of the RTX cards. It might be tied with the RTX 2080 for per­for­mance right now, but with 25 games al­ready slated to use Nvidia’s DLSS al­go­rithm, and 11 games that will fea­ture ray trac­ing ef­fects—and likely more to come—buy­ing the GTX 1080 Ti now isn’t ad­vis­able.

Still, I wouldn’t sug­gest up­grad­ing from a 1080 Ti un­less you ab­so­lutely must have the best/fastest graph­ics card. You can prob­a­bly skip a gen­er­a­tion or two while wait­ing for ray trac­ing and DLSS sup­port to ma­ture.

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