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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Unboxing and Previews Go Live – More Custom Models Teased by ZOTAC and GALAX


NVIDIA's powerful GeForce GTX 1080 Ti flagship graphics card has been unboxed and previewed by multiple tech sites. The Founders Edition of the graphics card is the one that has been previewed so enthusiasts waiting for custom models should hold on to their seats till 10th of March.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition Unboxed and Previewed - The Flagship GeForce GTX Graphics Card

The Geforce GTX 1080 Ti is NVIDIA's fastest graphics card offering to gamers and enthusiasts. This card packs impressive performance capabilities which can drive all the way up to 5K AAA gaming experience. The card packs a range of new features, a premium PCB design and performance that is unmatched. It's said to be 35% faster than the previous fastest GeForce card, the GTX 1080. Recent performance leaks confirm that the card is that much faster compared to the 1080.

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With only four days left till launch, NVIDIA has allowed tech sites to share their unboxing previews. Some of the unboxing videos can be seen below:

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Final Specifications - GP102 GPU With 3584 CUDA Cores, 11 GB of GDDR5X Memory, Overclocked Frequencies Beyond 2.0 GHz

NVIDIA has gone all out with the specifications of their grandest graphics card to date. The NVIDIA GP102 Pascal GPU packs 12 Billion transistors and has 6 graphics processing clusters of which two come feature disabled SMs. This adds up to a total of 28 SM units with 128 cores each.

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti features 3584 CUDA Cores, 224 Texture Mapping Units and 88 ROPs. These are clocked at a base clock of 1480 MHz and boost clock of 1582 MHz which can go as high as 2 GHz with overclocking. The Pascal cards are built to overclock like crazy and custom models will further boost the clock rates on availability day.

The card also features a 11 GB GDDR5X VRAM that run across a 352-bit bus interface. NVIDIA has shipped their flagship with the fastest G5X solution to date.

The Titan X (P) used 10 GB/s models while the 1080 Ti makes use of the new 11 GB/s memory chips which results in a cumulative bandwidth of 484 GB/s that’s going to be on par with SK Hynix’s HBM2 memory launching in Q2 2017. The card is powered by a 8+6 Pin power configuration and has a rated TDP of 250 Watts.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Specifications:

WCCFtechGTX TItan X PascalGTX 1080 TiGTX 1080
Transistors12 Billion12 Billion7.2 Billion
Die Size471mm²471mm²314mm²
Memory Speed10Gbps11Gbps11Gbps
Memory Interface384-bit352-bit256-bit
Memory Bandwidth480GB/s484 GB/s320GB/s
CUDA Cores358435842560
Base Clock14171480 MHz1607
Boost Clock15301583 MHz1730
Price$1200 US$699 US$499 US

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Cooling and PCB - 8 Phase Power Design, 250A Power, New Vapor Chamber Cooling, What Else Is There To Ask?

In addition, the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition features a new high-airflow thermal solution that’s cooler and quieter than previous designs, maximizing the potential of GPU Boost and enabling overclockers to achieve even faster speeds.

And under the hood efficiency is improved thanks to a new 8-phase power design with 14 high-efficiency dualFETs that deliver better power efficiency at the highest usage and power levels.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti comes with the latest NVTTM design that features a new Vapor chamber cooling system with twice the cooling area of Titan X (P). This new thermal design will help deliver optimal cooling for the card to allow it to boost beyond it's specifications with GPU Boost 3.0 technology.

The Founders Edition cards come with a reference backplate which looks neat and is held tightly in place with 0.5mm screws. This backplate  increases heat removal from the backside of the PCB for lower temps on load.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Backplate picture. (Image Credits: Tomshardware)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and NVIDIA Titan X PCB Comparison

The most interesting part of the story covered in the Videocardz article is the PCB comparison between the GTX 1080 Ti and Titan X. When comparing both PCBs, we see that the boards are very similarly laid out, but if we look closely, we can spot that the 1080 Ti has a more electrically powerful PCB. There are a few inductors and MOSFETs missing on the Titan X PCB which are added to the 1080 Ti PCB.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti PCB Picture. (Image Credits: Tomshardware)

This shows that the 1080 Ti isn't making any comprises on the PCB and we can expect some major OC'ing performance and stability out of the card. The other major differences include a missing memory chip as it has been confirmed that the 1080 Ti features 1 less GIG of VRAM compared to the Titan X. There's also no DVI port added to the board however we have already seen custom models that are equipped with DVI ports.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti PCB Picture. (Image Credits: Tomshardware)

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Is An Overclockers Dream - Reaches 2 GHz Without Breaking a Sweat

So what should we do with an impressive power design like the one featured on GTX 1080 Ti? The answer is overclock like crazy. During the event, NVIDIA showed a demonstration of their GTX 1080 Ti's overclock potential and once again, they managed to hit clock speeds up to 2.03 GHz at a locked 60 FPS.

The temps reported were 66C which shows that the new vapor chamber cooler does an absolutely fantastic job at keeping this card cool and quiet under heavy gaming loads.

An Overclocked 2 GHz GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Demolishes An Overclocked 2 GHz GeForce GTX 1080

Earlier today, some benchmarks in 3DMark Firestrike and 3DMark Timespy leaked out over at Chinese forums. The leaker posted pictures of several results that were ran off a Founders Edition card but the most interesting data is that the card demolishes the previous fastest GeForce card by the promised 35% with ease.

The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti was overclocked to 2062 MHz while the GeForce GTX 1080 was overclocked to 2088 MHz. The GeForce GTX 1080 managed to score 11376 points in 3DMark Firestrike Extreme graphics test while the GTX 1080 Ti scored an impressive 15093 points. This is very impressive considering this is an overclocked comparison and the card maintains its 35% lead in these tests too.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Graphics Card Gallery:

ZOTAC and GALAX Tease Their Custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Models - Is ZOTAC Preparing The Fastest AIB 1080 Ti Model?

ZOTAC has teased their custom GeForce GTX 1080 TI graphics card which will be part of their AMP! Extreme lineup. There isn't much showcased except a teaser image that shows a triple fan cooler and a beefy cooler shroud that is featured on top of a dense aluminum fin array featuring copper heatpipes. ZOTAC has titled the teaser as "The Fastest is Coming" which indicates this is definitely gonna be much faster than the reference Founders Edition models.

GALAX also has a custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti coming out soon. This card sticks with the reference PCB but goes with a custom EXOC Black edition cooler that has dual fan cooling (with RGB LEDs). GALAX will also be launching the HOF edition variants around Computex 2017.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Availability Next Week and Pre-Orders Now

NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards, including the NVIDIA Founders Edition, will be available worldwide on March 10 from NVIDIA GeForce partners, including ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac. Pre-orders on nvidia.com are now live.