It seems like every time I turn around these days, there’s a new top-end graphics card claiming to be the strongest, the fastest, or touting the heftiest price tag. It was barely two months ago now that we were introduced to what (temporarily) became the “New King of Graphics”, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080, which managed to dethrone the mightily powerful Titan X that held the title previously. Impressively enough, the GTX 1080 didn’t just outperform the Titan X, it did so at nearly half the price. Its reign was not long for this world, however, as last week NVIDIA announced the two latest editions of their popular graphics cards – one of which flat-out puts all the other graphics kings to shame.
The newest version of the Titan X, debuted by NVIDIA last week, is nothing short of spectacular. This high-end graphics card boasts 12GB of GDDR5X memory and 3,584 cores running at 1.53 GHz. I’ll pause to let those numbers sink in for a moment. These impressive specs yield an outrageous 11 teraflops of performance, which blows every graphics card that came before it right out of the water. But before you go throwing that GTX 1080 out the window, keep in mind that the new Titan X will set you back exactly twice what you paid for the GTX 1080 just two months ago. So what exactly are you forking over all that dough for? (aside from the obvious mind-blowing performance). The Titan X is based on NVIDIA’s new Pascal P102 GPU and hosts 12 billion transistors. It runs at 250W, meaning that it burns roughly 40 percent more power than the GTX 1080. Additionally, it includes a DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, and DL-DVI ports – more than enough for any avid gamer.
For the majority of gamers, the new Titan X is priced well out of their budget. For $1,200, most of us could easily get a decent gaming rig plus a few cool accessories to boot. With that in mind, NVIDIA launched a new high-power/low-cost graphics card alongside their might new Titan X. For $249, consumers can get their hands on the GeForce GTX 1060. While it obviously sacrifices the sensational performance put forth by the new Titan X, it is still no slouch when it comes to speed. The GTX 1060 features clock speeds between 1.5GHz and 1.7GHz (in boost mode) and houses 6GB of GDDR5 RAM. Along the back, users will find three DisplayPort slots, an HDMI port, and a DVI connection. Those wanting to splurge just a bit can get their hands on the Founders Edition for the low, low cost of $299. Both editions seem well-primed to compete with AMD’s latest budget-friendly graphics card, the $200 Radeon RX 480.
Just to put things into a little more perspective, consider this – in 2014, just two short years ago, NVIDIA’s GTX 980 was the most premium video card in its collection. Flash forward to 2016, and their budget graphics card is now outperforming what used to be their shining star. Technology – ain’t it grand?
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