Nvidia GTX980Ti Review
The graphics card market is in a state of rapid development. It seems that no sooner did we see the GTX780 but the GTX780Ti appeared. A card which took something with a bunch of performance and refined it until it was clearly the weapon of choice for the performance-heavy gamer. AMD hit back with the R9 290X, a card which matched the Kepler GPU stride for stride, and indeed the R9 295X2 which took us back to the old days of dual-GPU single PCB efforts.
Returning to the fray with the Maxwell GPU GTX980, nVidia once again took the crown as the performance king and we waited with bated breath to see what AMD would strike back with. However, nVidia weren't one to rest upon their laurels and smashed all the benchmarks out of the park with the truly magnificent GTX Titan X. A card which performed at a level deserving of its enormous price-tag.
Today we see a card which is, to all intents and purposes, a Titan X in different clothing. Pre-empting the next wave of AMD cards nVidia seek to cement their place at the top of the performance mountain with the GTX980Ti.
Obviously it would be ridiculous, given the price disparity, if the GTX980Ti was truly a Titan X rebranded, but it's a lot closer to that behemoth of a graphics card than you might imagine. A mere 256 CUDA cores short of the Titan X and only half the GDDR5. Given that we've seen how - for lots of reasons but largely the limitations of consoles - a monstrous amount of GDDR5 doesn't make that much difference to performance, the GTX980Ti has all the potential to shake our graphs to their cores.
|GPU||980||980 Ti||Titan X|
|Base Clock||1126 MHz||1000 MHz||1000 MHz|
|Boost Clock||1216 MHz||1075 MHz||1076 MHz|
|Total VRAM||4096 GDDR5||6144 GDDR5||12288 GDDR5|
|Texture Fill Rate||109.2 GT/s||176 GT/s||192 GT/s|
|Memory Clock||3505 MHz||3505 MHz||3505 MHz|
|Memory Bandwidth||224 GB/s||336.5 GB/s||336.5 GBs|