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March 07, 2017

Unboxing The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition

By: Low Chern Lin



It's been almost a week since NVIDIA announced the GTX 1080 Ti and reviewers around the world already got their hands on the new beast, that including us here at Tech Critter. NVIDIA just lifted the embargo today, for unboxing that is. You'll have to wait for few more days for the reviews and benchmark, but hey, let's have a first quick look at the GTX 1080 Ti, the current best single GPU card for the money.


Specification

GTX 1080 Ti
NVIDIA Titan X (Pascal)
GTX 1080
CUDA Cores
3584
3584
2560
Texture Units
224
224
160
ROPs
88
96
64
Core Clock
N/A
1417MHz
1607MHz
Boost Clock
1582MHz
1531MHz
1733MHz
TFLOPs (FMA)
11.5 TFLOPs
11 TFLOPs
9 TFLOPs
Memory Clock
11Gbps GDDR5X
10Gbps GDDR5X
10Gbps GDDR5X
Memory Bus Width
352-bit
384-bit
256-bit
VRAM
11GB
12GB
8GB
Launch Price
$699
$1200
MSRP: $599
Founders $699


The Packaging



The GTX 1080 Ti Founders Edition ships in that compact, simple yet classy box that represents the premium branding of the Founders Edition card. 


As you remove the cover, you'll find the GTX 1080 Ti which sits firmly in the cardboard padding of the bottom section of the box. It was definitely quite an experience to unbox it, as NVIDIA has made it as if the card itself is a piece of sculpture, an art and the bottom section of the box act as a sculpture stand to compliment the card.


The included accessories too, has its very own compartment. This is of course, something that isn't included in all the GTX 10 series Founders Edition graphics card that we've previously reviewed.

The Accessories Pack


The content of the accessories pack includes a DisplayPort male to DVI-D female adapter, a quick start guide, a product support guide and a special edition premium badge where you can stick onto anything you like - your monitor, chassis, etc.

The GTX 1080 Ti


Design wise, the GTX 1080 Ti is exactly the same as both the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 that is both equipped with the new reference design cooler, a geometric sculpture like shroud that comes with a mix of futuristic accent to it. 


Just like all the reference design card in the past, the GTX 1080 Ti too is equipped with a blower type cooler, but with an extra opening at the front of the card for better cooling performance over traditional blower type cooler design.


At the side of the shroud, you'll find the usual GeForce GTX logo that glows in green upon powering up.


While it might look almost the same as the GTX 1080, the GTX 1080 Ti requires an extra 6pin PCIe power connector instead of just a single 8pin PCIe power connector. The GTX 1080 Ti alone has a rated TDP of 250W and it's one power house GPU which according to NVIDIA, 35% faster than the GTX 1080 and it's even faster than the Titan X Pascal. 


And of course, the GTX 1080 Ti comes with that same black metal backplate just like the previous Founders Edition cards. It gives the card a touch of premium in overall, and of course, enhances the rigidity of the card.


As for the output, the GTX 1080 Ti has only 4 output of 3 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI and no DVI-D connector. The removal of DVI-D connector is meant to improve the heat dissipation by making more space for the hot air to be expelled from the back of the card. 

What's Next?

Since NVIDIA claimed that the GTX 1080 Ti is at least 35% faster than the GTX 1080, we'll be comparing the result of both cards on games benchmark, overclocking and temperature. All that will be revealed here at Tech Critter as soon as NVIDIA lifted the NDA for the benchmark, so stay tuned!

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