Putting FPS In Perspective
When compared to the original 1080, the new Ti model was on average 22% faster. We saw it delivering up to 30% more performance in titles such as Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Total War: Warhammer, however 4K gains were sometimes as little as 10%.
Averages frame rates suggest the 1080 Ti delivers between 20 - 25% more performance over the regular 1080. The new card will be coming in at around 40% more expensive, too, but that’s the premium you pay for high-end gaming and with no alternative there’s no need for Nvidia to be more aggressive on pricing, at least for now.
The Fury X is about to become eligible for pension. Two years is a long time to sit at the top of your stack as the flagship offering. Anyway, the GTX 1080 Ti puts the Fury X down in the most humane way possible, quickly dispatching it off with 61% more performance on average. I believe the Fury X runs into a VRAM capacity issue at 4K in Doom and that’s why it gets pantsed in a game where you would expect it to do significantly better.
As I noted in a recent article unless you can pick up a Fury X graphics card for $300 or less, I wouldn’t bother. At that price the 1080 Ti is more than twice as expensive and it’s not twice as fast, however it’s the more affordable GTX 1070 that makes the Fury X a bad buy at over $300.
For those of you wondering why we didn't cover overclocking. We simply ran out of time. I will follow up with that eventually, but I don’t expect much considering the Founders Edition board is running close to that 91 degree threshold. I imagine you could squeeze out another 10% or so, but I’m really waiting to get my hands on something like a Gigabyte Aorus model with a nice big cooler to see how far the GTX 1080 Ti can go.
In other words, it's likely that board partner cards will make the GTX 1080 Ti more exciting to buy. Pricing aside, the Titan XP is a really nice GPU but its reference cooler runs extremely hot. Obviously, we don't have to worry about the Titan anymore, as the GTX 1080 Ti offers the same kind of performance for 40% off the asking price.
Knocking the vanilla GTX 1080 down to $500 is a big win for prospective buyers. I suspect Nvidia did this to revive the buzz around high-end Pascal offerings once again. They enjoyed strong sales and profits in 2016 thanks to the GTX 1080 and 1070, and I imagine they are trying to recapture the magic once again. At $500, the GTX 1080 certainly takes further attention away from AMD's current lineup.
The GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is now the ultimate 4K gaming solution and until AMD releases Vega I don’t expect to see any significant shift in the GPU landscape. At $700 the fastest GeForce remains mighty expensive but it also delivers performance unlike anything else for the money.
Pros: Amazing performance (that we'd only seen from a $1,200 GPU). PC gamers with deep pockets shouldn't look any further than this, unless they have a high-end Pascal GPU already. No premium for Founders Edition. Almost as efficient as slower GTX 1080, beats the Titan XP.
Cons: GPU runs a tad hot. Two weeks to wait until partner cards arrive with potentially better cooling solutions.