NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti versus AMD Radeon RX 490 Release Date, Specs, Features, News & Update: January 2017 Launching for Both Confirmed?

By Tim Armstrong , Updated Nov 08, 2016 07:18 PM EST

NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti and AMD Radeon RX 490 are expected to go head to head in the market once both high end graphics cards come out in the market. Both companies have been known to dominate the GPU market for the last few years and now that the two tech giants are going to release the best they can offer, consumers are pretty excited to know more about these hardware devices. According to the latest reports both NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti and AMD Radeon RX 490 are expected to be launched in January 2017 during the Consumer Electronics Show.

Although both graphics cards each have its own strongest point, it's pretty clear that NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti and AMD Radeon RX 490 differ from one another. According to reports, the Radeon RX 490 carries 225 Watts to run, while the GTX 1080 Ti only requires 180 Watts. Tech experts suggest that AMD's latest entry in the high-end GPU market will work cooler than NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti because the latter is 2 nm larger than the former.

AMD Radeon RX 490's powerful architecture, which includes 12 teraflops, will outscore the GTX 1080 Ti's 10 teraflops. However, despite the slight disadvantage, the NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti has a base clock of 1,607 MHz and it is capable to produce 1,733 MHz when boosted. On the other hand, the AMD Radeon RX 490 has a base clock speed of 1,200 MHz; however, no reports have emerged revealing its speed when boosted.

Meanwhile, NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti has a 12 GB GDDR5X memory, while AMD Radeon RX 490 carries a 16 GB HBM2 memory. NVIDIA's latest Pascal architecture is also expected to be an advantage for the company when going against the competition.

As of the moment, no report has been confirmed yet regarding the release date of NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti and AMD Radeon RX 490. However, there are speculations suggesting that Radeon RX 490 might arrive in November 2017, while the GTX 1080 Ti will hit the shelves in the first quarter of 2017.

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