Just two weeks following its official announcement, the GTX 1080 Ti has launched at $700, replacing the Titan X Pascal on the highest end of our graphics card recommendations. Simply put: It is the new king of graphics cards, inching out ahead of the $1,200 Titan X in overall gaming performance. On average, the new 1080 Ti is 2-3% faster than the Titan X, while priced $500 lower.
We have added the 1080 Ti to our GPU recommendations in the Exceptional, Enthusiast, Extremist, and Monstrous tiers on our homepage.
Is the 1080 Ti worth the extra $100-$150 compared to the $550-$600 GTX 1080? It likely is if you’re gaming on a monitor with a high refresh rate (i.e. 120 or 144 Hz) or if you game at 4K. Compared to the 1080, the 1080 Ti performs ~15% faster at 1080p, ~20% faster at 1440p, and ~25-30% faster at 4K.
In the Witcher 3 — still one of the most demanding PC games — the TechPowerUp 1080 Ti benchmarks averaged 144 FPS at 1080p, 105 FPS at 1440p, and just shy of 60 FPS at 4K. The best that the original GTX 1080 could hope for at 4K was 43 FPS.
As of this writing, the 1080 Ti is still not available for purchase, but that should be changing any time now. We’re already seeing previews of third-party cards and should expect them to roll out on Amazon and Newegg over the next month. As soon as it’s available, we’ll have links ready.