The NVIDIA GTX 1080 is an excellent graphics card for 1440p and some light 4K gaming. The GTX 1080 Ti is a more expensive version of the same card with more memory, bandwidth, and other improvements to push even more pixels through to connected monitors. The question is which is best for you? This depends on a number of factors, including what games you play, what resolution you game at, and your available budget.
|Category||GTX 1080||GTX 1080 Ti|
|Fab||16 nm||16 nm|
|Transistors||7.2 billion||12 billion|
|Die size||314 nm||471 nm|
|Base clock||1607 MHz||1480 MHz|
|Boost clock||1733 MHz||1582 MHz|
|Memory||8GB GDDR5||11GB GDDR5|
|Memory clock||1251 MHz||1376 MHz|
|Memory bandwidth||224.4 GB/s||484.4 GB/s|
|Texture rate||257 GT/s||331 GT/s|
|Pixel rate||102 GP/s||130 GP/s|
NVIDIA GTX 1080
Launched in May 2016, the GTX 1080 replaced the aging GTX 980 and was considered by many to be a substantial step up in gaming performance. Sporting just over seven billion transistors, it's a powerful family of cards that can really pack a punch when matched with a capable CPU, like an i5-7700K or above. Should you be looking to upgrade from an older generation of GPUs, migrate from AMD cards, or look to put together a new PC, the GTX 1080 is a solid option.
It's a card that's great at 1440p but is unable to really push 4K content at an acceptable frames-per-second (FPS) rate without dropping quality. If you're only rocking a 1080p display and aren't looking to get a new one anytime soon, you'd be better off with a GTX 1060 or GTX 1070. Prices are around $549.
- Great for 1440p.
- Excellent value.
- Not powerful enough for 4K.
NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti
The only reasons you'd really need to pick up a NVIDIA GTX 1080 Ti is if you have the necessary funds available, require the extra horsepower for 4K gaming and are unable to pick up an Nvidia Titan X. The issue with the Ti version of the 1080 is the diminishing returns for your money. This card is more expensive than the 1080 and offers more performance but the frame rate gain for the price makes it harder to justify.
That said, should you happen to get hold of one and install it inside your gaming rig, it'll transform your PC into a kick-ass interactive entertainment machine. The Ti usually goes for around $699.
- Great for 1440p and some 4K.
- Stunning performance.
- Doesn't offer great value for money.
- Same TDP as Titan series (250W).
No wrong choice
Thankfully, regardless of which option you go for, there's no "wrong" choice. Both the GTX 1080 and Ti GPUs offer excellent levels of performance and will be able to play anything at 1440p with high settings configured, placing them among the best graphics card options available. Go with the GTX 1080 if you're on a tighter budget but need the power to get through more demanding titles. The Ti is a great upgrade for those where money is not an issue. For everyone else, hold off and see what 2018 brings.
We may earn a commission for purchases using our links. Learn more.
PS5 games prices are higher than Xbox — but is that a good thing?
Sony's PlayStation 5 reveal came with some big caveats, and one of the most overlooked ones is the fact that games will be more expensive, seemingly across the board. Should Microsoft and Xbox jump on that train as well?
Review: Gigabyte's Z490 AORUS ULTRA is a gorgeous Intel motherboard
Gigabyte's Z490 AORUS ULTRA is a motherboard you should consider for a 10th or 11th Gen Intel-powered PC. On paper, it has plenty going for it, including amazing power design and cooling, passively cooled M.2 slots and good overclocking support.
You can get the Windows 10 October 2020 update early – here's how
In this guide, we'll show you the steps to upgrade your computer to the final release of the Windows 10 October 2020 Update before it's officially available to everyone.
Building a Plex server? You need one of these hard drives.
Putting together a Plex server isn't difficult, especially with some killer NAS units that can do all the hard work for you. When it comes to storage, you should always look at picking up one of these hard drives.