Published on June 2nd, 2015 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder
NVIDIA Announces GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Having been finding my way back to PC gaming as of late, it’s hard to remain indifferent to GPU news. To kick off Computex 2015, NVIDIA dropped a recently rumored bombshell: the release of its GeForce GTX™ 980 Ti graphics card. Intro video here:
While I haven’t been perfectly in the loop for GPUs, word on the interwebs has been that the GeForce GTX™ TITAN X is the card you want to be running in your rig. Not to be outdone, NVIDIA announced the GTX™ 980 Ti which, along with using the NVIDIA Maxwell architecture, has similar specs to the TITAN X but at a much more wallet-friendly price point. The 980 Ti’s MSRP is $650 compared to $999 for the TITAN X.
Glancing between the specs of the two cards, the first major difference is the standard memory config. While they both have GDDR5 RAM as standard, the Titan X has 12GB vs only 6GB in the 980 Ti. The two cards have so much in common, it’s surprising that the 980 Ti is even a new card. All of the NVIDIA technologies seem to be in both cards: SLI, CUDA, 3D Vision, PhysX, GPU Boost 2.0, G-Sync, 4K, Surround, VGXi, MFAA, DSR, and Virtual Reality support are all standard.
Here are the few differing stats to compare:
GeForce GTX TITAN X
- CUDA Cores: 3072
- Texture Fill Rate (GigaTexels/sec): 192
- Standard RAM: 12GB GDDR5
GeForce GTX 980 Ti
- CUDA Cores:2816
- Texture Fill Rate (GigaTexels/sec): 176
- Standard RAM config: 6GB GDDR5
By the looks of things, you’re getting a slightly downgraded TITAN X for $350 cheaper. On top of that, picking up one of the new cards nets you a copy of Batman: Arkham Knight for free! Sounds like a deal to me, but I’m still using the GTX 275, so either of these cards would be an immense upgrade.
If I can get hands on either of these cards to review, I’ll do so. In the meantime, bask in the fact that you can get 4K gaming in addition to Arkham Knight for less than a $700 upgrade!