NVIDIA’s new GTX 980 Ti powers its way into solid 4K gaming

Anyone who wants to play games in 4K at a decent framerate would require to drop at least $800 or probably more on a video card or else there’s a snowball’s chance in hell their gaming rig would have enough grunt to run that game. NVIDIA’s new $650 GTX 980 Ti is set to change that as this latest offering is said to pack even more power than last year’s formidable GTX 980.

NVIDIA GTX 980 Ti

This new beast of a card sports 2,816 parallel processing CUDA cores and 176 texture units, which is approximately 38 percent more than what the GTX 980 has, as well as 2 additional gigabytes of RAM bringing the total up to 6GBs of RAM. It is also based on Nvidia’s GM200 GPU which sits in the heart of the company’s incredibly expensive $1,000 Titan X card. Basically, that means in the instances where its former heavyweight card slows down in 4K — for example playing Battlefield 4 or The Witcher 3 — the 980 Ti should shine. Nvidia specifically stated that the new card very comfortably manages to run the mighty Grand Theft Auto V on 60 FPS while the 980 tends to clock in at around 35-45 FPS.  For those waiting on a good deal for the 980, fret not as NVIDIA is also going to drop that card’s price from $550 to $500.

NVIDIA has also claimed that the GTX 980 Ti’s memory bandwidth is 50% faster than that of its predecessor, which makes all the difference when throwing large textures around. Of course, the Titan X is an even faster option but its absurdly high price puts it out of reach for everyone bar the most elite gamers.

With the $200 GTX 960 and $330 GTX 970, NVIDIA now has powerful cards for gamers with a wide variety of budgets. It is a bit of a shame though that we did not get a price dop for the GTX 970, which offers the best overall value for high quality 1080p gaming.

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