NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti Release Date, Specs, News & Update: New GPU Great Titan X Alternative; Better Than AMD Radeon RX 490?

By Laine Lucas , Updated Dec 05, 2016 06:37 PM EST

The gaming community is excited about the release of NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti as rumor has it that this graphics processor features almost equal specs to the powerful and expensive Titan X at half the price. Reports have it that the GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, which is rumored to have a $799 price tag, will be launched in January at the CES 2017.

The NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti is said to be based on the company's top-tiered GP102 graphics card. It boasts of a 3328 CUDA cores with a 1.6GHz boost clock. Other specs include a 12 GB of GDDR5X memory paired with 10.8 teraflops of horsepower. All these specs, which are comparable to the Titan X GPU, are packed into a much cheaper processor and make it an affordable choice for gamers worldwide.

Other than superb specs that placed it at par with the Titan X without the hefty price tag, NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti is also being placed as a competition to AMD Radeon RX 490.  Both have high-end specs, but basin on power consumption, the former is expected to consume 180 watts while the latter consumes 225 watts. AMD also tends to outperform NVIDIA because it offers 12 teraflops compared to NVIDIA's 10.8. Comparing the base clock, AMD RX 490 has 1.2 GHz compared to NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti's 1.6 GHz. The GTX 1080 Ti could have a boost clock of up to 1.7 GHz but AMD's boost clock remains unknown.

At the moment, NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti's existence has not been officially confirmed by the tech giant. However, a report from HotHardware stated that the GPU has been spotted in a shipping manifest's database. While it's no surprise that the GPU is already on its way, this new report seemingly confirms that NVIDIA is cooking up something interesting. AMD, on the other hand, is rumored to release the RX 490 in November 2017.

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