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NVIDIA Confirms GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Pascal Enthusiast 4K Graphics Card – GTX 980 Ti Owners First To Avail Pre-Order or “Step Up” Offers

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Dec 17, 2016
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The upcoming GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card has been confirmed by NVIDIA in a post on LinkedIn. The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti will be aimed at the enthusiast market and there will be a special deal for GTX 980 Ti owners before launch.

NVIDIA Confirms GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Graphics Card – Aimed at Enthusiast PC Gamers

It’s no secret that NVIDIA is launching their brand new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card. The product has been much talked about in the rumor mill for several months. The confirmation from NVIDIA comes in the form of a Job Posting over at LinkedIn which not only reveals the name of the card, but also the target market along with a special deal for GTX 980 Ti owners.

Targeted Spot Prizes To Drive Sentiment, Reward Behavior, And Grow Advocates

 

  • Free game codes for users who report a confirmed bug or contribute useful feature enhancement requests
  • Free game codes to our most active Share and GeForce Forum users
  • Free game codes to users who rank most negative and most positive on our sentiment tools
  • 980 Ti users get first spot in line for 1080 Ti pre-orders, or “Step Up” offer (Linkedin via PCWorld)

As you can see, GeForce GTX 980 Ti owners will get first spot in line for pre-orders of the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card. Step Up offers will also be applicable to GeForce GTX 980 Ti owners. We don’t know yet if these will be offered exclusively by NVIDIA or other AIB partners would follow. EVGA has a step up program for their cards so it’s to be expected that some (if not all) partners would offer similar deals.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Likely To Be The Ultimate GeForce Gaming Solution For 4K Titles

There are some specs covered in leaks but I don’t want to talk about them right now. What I would like to talk about is the fact that the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card will be the second GeForce solution utilizing the NVIDIA GP102 GPU. The GeForce GTX Titan X (Pascal) is the fastest GeForce graphics card out but we saw with the GTX 980 Ti that custom solutions can perform similar or even best the similar GPU based Titan offering at a lower price.

The Titan X features the high-end GP102 chip with insane amounts of horse power. NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti would feature the same chip.

With Vega aiming a Q1 2017 launch, NVIDIA could try to squeeze as much power out of the GP102 GPU and create a scenario similar to 980 Ti versus the Fury X. The GTX 980 Ti was an overall better solution for gamers as seen in plenty of reviews compared to AMD’s enthusiast offering. Even with GDDR5 memory, the solution out performed and had better efficiency compared to the HBM(1) based Fury X with Fiji GPU.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Specifications:

WCCFtech GTX TItan X Pascal GTX 1080 Ti GTX 1080
Process 16nm 16nm 16nm
Transistors 12 Billion 12 Billion 7.2 Billion
Die Size 471mm² 471mm² 314mm²
Memory 12GB GDDR5X 11GB GDDR5X 8GB GDDR5X
Memory Speed 10Gbps 11Gbps 11Gbps
Memory Interface 384-bit 352-bit 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth 480GB/s 484 GB/s 320GB/s
CUDA Cores 3584 3584 2560
Base Clock 1417 1480 MHz 1607
Boost Clock 1530 1583 MHz 1730
Compute 11 TFLOPS 11.5 TFLOPs 9 TFLOPS
TDP 250W 250W 180W
Price $1200 US $699 US $499 US

NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti (GP102) vs AMD Vega Predictions:

AMD’s Vega GPUs will be using HBM(2) and from the New Horizon event, we know that at least one variant which was showcased in game demos had 8 GB of VRAM (512 GB/s). NVIDIA on the other hand will feature GDDR5X memory on the GTX 1080 Ti (480 GB/s). The GDDR5X solution would close the gap between the cards which was wider on last gen (336 GB/s 980 Ti vs 512 GB/s Fury X).

Also, the Titan X (P) is a 11 TFLOP solution while AMD’s Vega GPU is rated at 12.5 TFLOP. The AMD solution is much faster but so was the case with 980 Ti and Fury X where the AMD chip had 8.6 TFLOPs of single precision compute compared to just 6.5 TFlops on the 980 Ti with boost clocks. The 980 Ti still had a significant or comparable performance difference in gaming applications to the Fury X.

Expect several custom models of the GTX 1080 Ti.

Another thing that was interesting in the last generation was that both enthusiast offerings were priced similar at $650 US. If NVIDIA manages to launch their card first (say CES 2017) then we could see AMD price their solution around a similar range if they are confident with the performance of their Vega GPUs against NVIDIA’s GTX 1080 Ti. Designing Vega GPUs with HBM2 isn’t cheap so they might not take the aggressive pricing route as they did with Polaris cards. The Ti variants have historically been priced lower than Titan parts and that will be the same with 1080 Ti.

NVIDIA Also Launching “Club GeForce Elite” Service For Dedicated GeForce Fans and Followers

NVIDIA is also planning to announce a new service for GeForce users known as Club GeForce Elite. The service will be subscription based with a price of $10 US per month and would gain GeForce users with free goodies in the form of games, hardware discounts, in-game items, early beta access for games, invitations to GeForce events, GeForce PC cloud service and a lot more as listed below:

Most Recent Geforce Rewards Product/Program Description

I think of GFE Rewards as more than giveaways — it’s a Club with exclusive benefits for GFE users.

Through the Club we can help improve our customer’s gaming experience and build a GeForce/GFE community.

Annual Benefits To All GFE Users

“Club GeForce” should provide 3 classes of rewards to GFE users:

  • Free full copy of exclusive Indie game (1x/year)
  • Free custom skin or in-game item for AAA game (1x/qtr)
  • Early beta access for Talos and NVIDIA 1st party content
  • Exclusive hardware discounts for gaming gear

Weekly Giveaways And Prizes

  • Free AAA game codes and In-game currency
  • Early beta access to AAA games
  • Accessories to help gamers enjoy gaming better (HMDs, SHIELDs, Keyboards, etc)
  • Golden tickets to gaming events (Blizzcon, PAX, etc)

Targeted Spot Prizes To Drive Sentiment, Reward Behavior, And Grow Advocates

  • Free game codes for users who report a confirmed bug or contribute useful feature enhancement requests
  • Free game codes to our most active Share and GeForce Forum users
  • Free game codes to users who rank most negative and most positive on our sentiment tools
  • 980 Ti users get first spot in line for 1080 Ti pre-orders, or “Step Up” offer

Club GeForce Also Provides Benefits Outside Of GFE

  • Early Registration and Invitations to Club GeForce Meetups, GeForce LAN and Community Events
  • GeForce Forum badges and rankings based on years in the Club

As The Program Develops, We Introduce ‘Club GeForce Elite’ — Which Has a $10/mth Fee And Gives Gamers

  • Rotating bundle of free games from our GFE app store (4x games per quarter)
  • Free GeForce PC in the cloud subscription
  • Exclusive skins, in-game items, and GeForce Gear

NVIDIA may use the CES 2017 stage or a random event to showcase all these announcements. We can tell that NVIDIA’s new graphics card is pretty much in ready state so expect to see more news soon.

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