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The Best 1080 Ti Of 2018 & Beyond 

2016 marked a revolution in the computing and graphics industry when Nvidia, who at that time was already the best and biggest brain in graphics processing technology, unveiled the latest and greatest line of commercial graphics processors ever built. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 10 Series is the company’s 10th generation of GPUs, and with the groundbreaking Nvidia Pascal architecture on which these new graphics cards were built, industries around the world all of sudden had access to graphics power and performance that was at that time almost unheard of. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 was the flagship of the GTX 10 Series, outperforming previous generations by landslide differences in power and capability. A year later, in 2017, Nvidia released the GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, a premium refresh of the GTX 1080 with a Titanium finish, but the changes don’t stop with just the exterior. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti built upon the 1080’s already massive success and kicked it up even further, providing graphics power that set the bar for consumer graphics card to the high standard that it enjoys today. 

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Earlier this 2018, Nvidia unveiled the latest generation of GPUs – the Nvidia GeForce RTX 20 Series, which emphasized ray-tracing. Now, before you decide to jump ship and be among the first to harness the power of the latest RTX graphics cards, a lot of industry experts say that ray-tracing technology in consumer content is still in its infancy. So, you probably won’t even be able to max out the new RTX cards until ray-tracing gets more traction in the market. If you already have a GTX Series GPU, then don’t upgrade just yet. But if you’re building a new PC or upgrading an older system, then no doubt you’ll want the best power and performance for your rig. The question is, should you get the RTX 20 series GPUs? Our professional opinion: no. 

The latest benchmarks of the RTX series show that with current-gen content, the difference between the RTX 20s and the GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards aren’t that significant. However, if you compare the prices of the previous generation GTX 1080 Ti’s with the RTX 20 Series, then you’ll probably come to the same conclusion we did, and that’s to not jump on the RTX bandwagon just yet, and instead invest in the now-cheaper but still powerful-as-ever GTX 1080 Ti GPUs. 

We’ve come up with this list of the best 1080 Ti graphics cards to help consumers choose the best card for their specific needs and purposes. Whether you’re looking for the best performance available, the best bang for your buck, the best cooling, or the best budget option, then this list is especially curated for you and your pursuit of the best 1080 Ti of 2018 & beyond. 

 

What to Look For 

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics card is, before the release of the slightly better-performing RTX 20 series GPUs, the most powerful graphics processor ever made. But that doesn’t mean they’re all the same. Nvidia released its take of the GTX 1080 with the critically-acclaimed Founders Edition, but its partner manufacturers have come up with variants that offer more in a lot of aspects. To help facilitate your decision-making when it comes to your 1080 Ti of choice, we want to let you know the things we considered when coming up with this list of the best 1080 Ti of 2018 & beyond. If you want to choose a 1080 Ti that fits perfectly with your needs, then it’s important to take into account the following factors: 

Clock Speed 

The GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards across all models and manufacturers perform the fastest out of every single graphics processor that came before. That said, some models still perform faster than others, and the way to determine performance is by comparing clock speeds. No matter what kind of GPU you’re in the market for, it is important to understand that clock speed is what determines how fast the hardware can process graphics. While clock speed is not necessarily the main determinant of performance in a GPU, since we’re talking specifically about the GTX 1080 Ti’s which are all built on the same Nvidia Pascal architecture, then the higher the clock speed, the better the performance. Typically, if you want to be able to crank out the most frames per second in your video games or improved rendering for professional graphics work, then you’ll want to get the fastest clock speeds you can from your choice of GPU. 

 Memory 

Dedicated GPUs come with variable amounts of VRAM, which functions much like typical computer RAM except that it is dedicated specifically to facilitate graphics-intensive tasks and processes. All GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards come with the standard 11GB of VRAM, but unlike its siblings in the GTX 10 Series, its VRAM is of the type GDDR5X, which features better performance than the typical GDDR5. A dedicated 11GB for VRAM is more than enough to run most applications and provides plenty of elbow room even when running 4K content. Industry experts say that 4GB of VRAM would be the sweet spot for most graphics needs, with 6GB being much more flexible, and 8GB of VRAM an addition that is mostly intended for future-proofing. If 6GB is enough for most current-generation content, then the 1080 Ti’s 11GB of VRAM should give you a notion of the power and performance these cards offer.  

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Cooling 

The 1080 Ti graphics card is one of the most high-powered GPUs ever built, and like any high-powered PC component, it’s arch nemesis is heat. That said, it’s important to note that GPUs are only as good as their cooling solutions. No matter how much power and performance a graphics card is packing – super fast clock speeds, expanded VRAM – if the cooling is sub-optimal, the hardware will overheat, and performance will be throttled. While most PC enthusiasts build their complex cooling solutions around their GPUs, it’s still very important for most people to have a graphics card that has good built-in cooling. The GTX 1080 Ti’s included in this list come with blower-type cooling, and up to triple fans so depending on the workload you’re planning on putting on your GPU, choose one with the cooling solution that can keep up with you.  

Connectivity 

Most GPUs come with built-in ports that allow users to plug their devices directly onto the graphics card. GTX 1080 Ti’s usually come with any combination of DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0, and DL-DVI-D connections. If you’re only planning on hooking your GPU up to a single output device like a monitor or a TV, then connectivity is the least of your priorities. However, if you’re planning on maximizing the power of the GTX 1080 Ti and using multiple displays or accessing VR content with a VR headset, it’s important to consider how your choice of GPU can handle multiple connections via different ports. 

Power Consumption 

The power consumption of GPUs affect way more than just how much you’ll be spending on electricity; it also touches on a few other things such as heat emissions, thermal design point, and more. If for nothing else, understanding the GPU’s power consumption also determines how much power you’ll need from your choice of PSU or power supply unit. With the 1080 Ti being such a high-powered component, you’ll have to expect much higher power consumption and be equipped with a PSU that can keep up.  

Overclocking 

Most people won’t need overclocking, especially since the base speeds for the GTX 1080 Ti already outperform all but the most overclocked GPUs out there, but for hardcore PC enthusiasts, gamers, and professionals who deal in high-performance graphics work, overclocking options allow them to squeeze out as much power and performance as they can from their graphics cards. We’ve talked about clock speed, and what overclocking does is it increases the hardware’s clock speed to deliver faster performance, at the cost of a few things such as heat, power consumption, and if done poorly, longevity. 

Aesthetic 

The GTX 1080 Ti is a powerhouse of a high-end graphics processing unit that can provide unparalleled performance for PC enthusiasts and users with industrial-level graphics needs, which means that a lot of the people who are in the market for the GTX 1080 Ti cards are going to use it to build custom rigs and workstations. A big part of PC building is about looks, feel, and overall aesthetic, so it’s important for such buyers to consider how the hardware looks, and whether or not it’ll fit in with other components of choice. Apart from the color scheme, size, and design, some GTX 1080 Ti’s also have the option of RGB lighting. 

Our Picks for the Best 1080 Ti of 2018 & Beyond 

ASUS ROG STRIX GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 

ASUS has been around for a long time – long enough to be one of the most trusted brands in computers and technology. With the Republic of Gamers (ROG) line of products, components, and peripherals, ASUS entered into high-performance systems that are built especially for gaming, but gaming performance translates just as easily into workstation performance, so if you don’t mind the signature flashiness of ROG, then there’s no reason not to love their products. That said, the 1080 Ti that dominates all others regarding power, performance, aesthetic, and sheer premium are the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti. Let’s face it – if you’re in the market for a 1080 Ti, the highest-end in graphics processing, then you’ve probably got a bigger budget than most. So, we can’t think of a better buy than the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti – the best 1080 Ti money can buy, and our pick for the overall best 1080 Ti of 2018 & beyond. 

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The Good 

The ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is unparalleled. It is by far the best GTX 1080 Ti available on the market. It features one of the best overclocking potentials in a 1080 Ti, which means it’ll perform better and faster than any other 1080 Ti variant pound-for-pound. It’s built extremely well with a solid chassis that feels like a pure, unadulterated premium, with a great design aesthetic accentuated by bright customizable RGB lighting. It’s extremely detailed exterior makes the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti almost feel like a work of art, and the metal back plate provides enough rigidity to assure consumers that GPU is built like a tank and take a little punishment. 

Apart from providing some of the best performance across all the 1080 Ti’s we’ve evaluated, the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti also bags the title for the most efficient cooling system around. It houses three patented-design ASUS cooling fans in with open-air ventilation and a surprisingly large heat sink, delivering, in our humble opinion, the quietest and most effective cooling solution we’ve ever seen built-in on a GPU. 

It’s fast, and it’s quiet, but the ASUS does way more to impress than just run well and stay cool. It also boasts one of the best RGB lighting systems in the industry, customizable to millions of colors through the intuitive ASUS Aura Sync proprietary software.  

The Bad 

The ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is the best 1080 Ti around, but it’s also one of the most expensive. We wish it weren’t so, but it is. Between the unparalleled performance, the industry-best RGB lighting, the premium build quality with superior materials and alloys, and the ASUS ROG guarantee of high-end gaming capability, something had to compromise. In the case of this specific GPU, the main compromise was the price. We’re not complaining – the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is a premium card which rightfully comes at a premium price tag – and if you can afford this marvel of a GPU, we’re sure that like the thousands of happy and satisfied customers before you, you won’t regret it. 

The Verdict 

If you can afford it, the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is without a doubt the best GTX 1080 Ti available on the market today. The fast and powerful performance, quiet and efficient cooling, and bright and customizable aesthetics on the ASUS ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 Ti make it our pick for the absolute best 1080 Ti of 2018 and beyond. 

Technical Specifications 

Clock Speed  1569 MHz Base | 1683 MHz Boost 
Overclock Speed  1594 MHz Base | 1708 MHz Boost 
VRAM  11GB GDDR5X 
Connectivity  2 x DisplayPort 1.4 (Up to 8K Display @ 60 Hz)
2 x HDMI 2.0 (Up to 4K Display @ 60 Hz)
1 x DL-DVI-D 
Power Consumption  275W 
Recommended PSU  650W (500W Minimum) 

 

Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition 

Gigabyte’s always been one of the best PC component manufacturers partnered with Nvidia, but with its new line of AORUS products and components, the long-time favorite manufacturer has decided to kick it up quite a few notches. The Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition is a monster of a GPU and features some of the best power and the most connectivity out of all the GPUs we’ve evaluated. 

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The Good 

The Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition makes good on Gigabyte’s mission and its promise of reliable, high-performance PC components. It has the best overclocking potential out of all the other GPU’s we’ve reviewed, and with it monster size and massive heat sink, it also offers some of the best cooling a consumer can get his hands on. Partner that with tripe Gigabyte AORUS patented WindForce cooling fans and you get a GPU that can stay cool under the most pressuring situations – like multiple 4K display options and the smoothest gaming visuals in both traditional games and VR. 

Concerning aesthetics, the Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition comes with the signature Gigabyte look, including backlit logos, and the iconic orange strips forming an X on the exterior. It comes with additional copper backplate cooling – which uses some seriously advanced technology – and extensive RGB customizations powered by proprietary RGB Fusion software for 16.7 million colors in 5 effects settings. Build quality is top-notch on the Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition, which is no less than what you ought to expect on a GPU of this size and price tag. 

The Bad 

Full disclosure – the Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition is a monster of a GPU. It provides some of the best graphics performance in the industry, but with its extremely large build, this GPU takes up three slots. Not only that, but the Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition is also one of the most expensive 1080 Ti cards available. For this price tag, you can determine how much of a premium you’re paying for the added size and bigger form-factor, but if you have room for it in your PC build, then getting the Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition is still a good call by anyone’s standards. 

The Verdict 

It’s big and pricey, but we think that the Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition is well worth the money. Great RGBs, excellent cooling, enough power to run titles for years to come, all in a superbly-built chassis with unique but pleasing aesthetics, all come together in the Gigabyte AORUS GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Xtreme Edition to deliver one of the best 1080 Ti graphics cards of 2018 & beyond. 

Technical Specifications 

Clock Speed  1607 MHz Base | 1721 MHz Boost 
Overclock Speed  1632 MHz Base | 1746 MHz Boost 
VRAM  11GB GDDR5X 
Connectivity  3 x DisplayPort 1.4 (Up to 8K Display @ 60 Hz)
3 x HDMI 2.0 (Up to 4K Display @ 60 Hz)
1 x DL-DVI-D 
Power Consumption  250W 
Recommended PSU  600W (500W Minimum) 

 

MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO 

MSI has long been one of the authorities in gaming hardware, having produced some of the best-performing motherboards, graphics cards, and gaming peripherals on the market. With the onset of the 1080 Ti, MSI released yet another excellent addition to its rockstar repertoire of high-end gaming components: the MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO graphics card. 

The Good 

The MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO is outshined the competition with its legendary triple Torx 2.0 fans, which are built with double-ball bearings to deliver some of the best airflow and fan performance even after years of constant and heavy use. We were also glad to see that MSI deviated from its usual aesthetic, dropping the loud red and black for a much more muted and sleeker exterior. The black and gray color of the MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO ensures that it’ll fit it aesthetically to most PC builds. The RGB light strip on the back plate was a subtle yet very appealing approach to lighting accentuation and is fully controllable via the proprietary MSI Mystic Light software utility, which also allows users to sync their RGB across all of their Mystic Light devices.  

The MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO also features an award-winning thermal design with a larger heatsink and patented fan blades to provide one of the best cooling options available on a 1080 Ti. 

The Bad 

The MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO isn’t as expensive as other models, but it doesn’t win any competitions regarding power and performance. It’s a little better than the Nvidia Founders Edition reference cards, so you’re still getting optimized performance from the 1080 Ti, but at this price range, there are better-performing options out there.   

The Verdict 

We considered the MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO for this list of the best 1080 Ti cards of 2018 because despite being slightly outclassed regarding performance (which is still amazing considering this is a 1080 Ti), this GPU delivers the award-winning cooling that we can get behind. And this is purely a point of preference, but I’m sure a lot of you will agree that the MSI GTX 1080 Ti GAMING X TRIO features one of the sleekest designs and perfectly subtle RGB lighting in the industry. 

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Technical Specifications 

Clock Speed  1544 MHz Base | 1657 MHz Boost 
Overclock Speed  1569 MHz Base | 1683 MHz Boost 
VRAM  11GB GDDR5X 
Connectivity  2 x DisplayPort 1.4 (Up to 8K Display @ 60 Hz)
2 x HDMI 2.0 (Up to 4K Display @ 60 Hz)
1 x DL-DVI-D 
Power Consumption  250W 
Recommended PSU  600W (500W Minimum) 

 

EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 GAMING 

Our final entry in this list of the best 1080 Ti graphics cards of 2018 & beyond is a crowd favorite from one of Nvidia’s oldest manufacturing partners and the company behind some of the best-value GPUs ever released. The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 GAMING is our pick from the dozens of variants being offered by EVGA, as the FTW3 variants are known for their higher clock speeds and very functional exterior design. 

The Good 

While the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 GAMING doesn’t top the charts when it comes to raw power, it does boast significantly higher clock speeds with out-of-the-box overclocking of the already powerful 1080 Ti. The best thing about the FTW3 Gaming variant from EVGA is that it has excellent overall overclocking potential because of the card’s airflow-optimized design. 

One of the first things you’ll notice about the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 GAMING is the unique web-like exterior that provides optimal airflow for more efficient cooling and reduced noise. The build quality is quite solid, overall very rigid and durable, with no noticeable flex even in the exterior perforations of the webbed design.  

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The EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 GAMING features some of the best cooling fans in the industry with the patented triple iCX fans which are of EVGA proprietary design. This graphics card won’t win any contests for performance or power, but it’s still a 1080 Ti and one of the more powerful variants of it, so it’ll be able to run almost anything in the way of current-generation titles and titles for years to come. 

The Bad 

The exterior design on the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 GAMING is, like we said earlier, unique. And that means it won’t appeal to everyone. The metallic web exterior, in our humble opinion, provides a great and original aesthetic, but we concede that it won’t fit in with every configuration and with its lack of RGB lighting, won’t be as aesthetically pleasing either. Apart from its looks – which are neither bad nor good, just dependent on preference – the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 GAMING also has higher power consumption than the average 1080 Ti. If you’re looking to include this GPU in your PC build, you might have to trade in your PSU for something bigger (and more expensive) that can accommodate it.  

The Verdict 

We put the EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti FTW3 GAMING on this list because apart from the unique look and the excellent cooling, we believe that this graphics card has the best potential to be a top-performing GPU. It has the cooling efficiency to accommodate faster clock speeds, and we’re looking forward to seeing this specific model shine in your benchmarks as much as ours.   

Technical Specifications 

Clock Speed  1569 MHz Base | 1683 MHz Boost 
Overclock Speed  No Factory Overclock, OC Speeds May Vary 
VRAM  11GB GDDR5X 
Connectivity  3 x DisplayPort 1.4 (Up to 8K Display @ 60 Hz)
3 x HDMI 2.0 (Up to 4K Display @ 60 Hz)
1 x DL-DVI-D 
Power Consumption  280W 
Recommended PSU  650W (550W Minimum) 

 

  

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That’s it for our take on the best 1080 Ti of 2018 & beyond. The cards listed here outperformed every other GPU from the dozens we tested and evaluated, so every variant of the 1080 Ti in this curated list, from the ASUS ROG Strix to the EVGA FTW3 Gaming, is in its own right a powerful graphics processor. We hope that whether you were looking for the best value, best cooling, or simply the best 1080 Ti spec for spec, that we were able to help you find what you were looking for. 

 

 

 

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