NVIDIA has introduced its latest flagship GeForce GTX 980 Ti that features the most advanced GPU till date, with support for 4K content and virtual reality support. This is the company’s first high-end card based on Maxwell architecture, and is aimed at gamers for playing graphic-intensive games like GTA V.
The NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti includes the GM204 silicon chip, with a reduction in CUDA cores and clock speeds. The 4K support pushes the pixels in a 3840×2160 grid and churns out at 90 frames per second for the VR effect. Virtual reality requires only 2160×12000 resolutions. The graphic card supports the latest DirectX 12 that is set to be release d on Windows 10.
The GTX 980 Ti features 6GB DDR5 memory, 2816 CUDA cores, 176 texture units, 96 ROPs (Render Output Limit) with a bandwidth of 7.0 GHz on a 384-bit interface and a TDP of 250W. The card features a core clock of 1000MHz with a boost clock of 1,075 MHz. The $1000 GTX Titan X launched in March came with GM20o GPU, 3,072 CUDA cores, 192 texture units and 96 ROPs. The Titan X features 12GB of RAM, and is aimed at the prosumer market while the 980 Ti is aimed at gamers.
Though all of Maxwell, Kepler and Fermi graphics card support the upcoming DirectX 12, only 2nd generation Maxwell chips will support the complete set of features. NVIDIA has also announced a set of tools for VR called GameWorks VR along with the original GameWorks. Developers will be able to utilize its full potential including features like SLI, reduced latency and support for VR headsets
The graphics card will be available worldwide starting today with a price tag of $649. Partners like Zotac, Asus, MSI, EVGA have announced variants based on the reference model with custom cooling solutions.
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