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The Evolution of the XX80 Ti Graphics Cards

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Released in 1999, The Geforce 256 is marketed as “the world’s first GPU. Since then, graphics cards have come a long way. In this article, we will be focusing on the XX80 Ti series and how each installment has upgraded.

GTX 980 Ti

The GTX 980 Ti was the second most powerful graphics card from that generations’ Nvidia cards and was the fastest card in 2015. Providing excellent 4k performance and VR Ready certification, it’s no wonder why that was.

GPU Engine Specs

Base Clock (MHz) 1000 MHz
Boost Clock (MHz) 1075 MHz

Memory Specs:

Memory Clock 7.0 Gbps
Standard Memory Config 6 GB
Memory Interface GDDR5
Memory Interface Width 384-bit
NVIDIA CUDA Cores 2816

GTX 1080 Ti

The GTX 1080 Ti is a huge upgrade from the GTX 980 Ti with about a 70% performance increase. And with only a $50 price difference from its predecessor on release, the 1080 Ti is a solid upgrade. While it does offer one memory controller less, the GDDR5X memory is faster which leads to a comparable memory bandwidth.

GPU Engine Specs

Base Clock (MHz) 1481 MHz
Boost Clock (MHz) 1582 MHz

Memory Specs:

Memory Clock 11 Gbps 
Standard Memory Config 11 GB
Memory Interface GDDR5X
Memory Interface Width 352-bit
NVIDIA CUDA Cores 3584

RTX 2080 Ti

Although the RTX 2080 Ti costs about 70% more than the GTX 1080 Ti, it’s not easy to justify the price difference. While the 1080 Ti does have several upgrades, the performance of the GPU is slightly underwhelming for an upgrade. The RTX 2080 does, however, have features such as Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS) and Real-Time Ray Tracing (RTRT) which creates more realistic lighting effects than its predecessors.

GPU Engine Specs

Base Clock (MHz) 1350 MHz
Boost Clock (MHz) 1545 MHz

Memory Specs:

Memory Clock 14 Gbps
Standard Memory Config 11 GB
Memory Interface GDDR6
Memory Interface Width 384-bit
NVIDIA CUDA Cores 4352

RTX 3080 Ti

With great power comes a great price tag and the RTX 3080 Ti is no exception. The 3080 Ti shows an increase in speed as well as many areas and if you’re looking to turn on ray tracing while playing with some heavy specs, the 2080 Ti is no match for the 3080 Ti. The 3080 Ti is also comparable to the RTX 3090 – the main differences being the VRAM is only half of the 3090 and a smaller shader count.

GPU Engine Specs

Base Clock (MHz) 1365 MHz
Boost Clock (MHz) 1665 MHz

Memory Specs:

Memory Clock 19 Gbps
Standard Memory Config 12 GB
Memory Interface GDDR6X
Memory Interface Width 384-bit
NVIDIA CUDA Cores 10240

If you’re more of a visual learner, you can click here to see a video comparison of all the XX80 Ti graphics cards. Let us know which XX80 Ti graphics card was your favorite on Facebook!

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