While blower-style coolers are great for isolating heat from the rest of your components, their cooling capacity has been historically much smaller, because a single fan can only move so much air. That's the kind of gain I was looking for. Which Nvidia graphics card should you buy? With the 4K Ultra settings enabled, the Ti variant scored 74, compared to 76 on the non-Ti chip. On Ultra, both chips posted the same results at 1080p, and the Ti variant started to edge ahead under 1440p. . But we've all window-shopped supercars before, so why stop there? Across the 12 games we tested, its average performance increase was 32 percent in that scenario. All cards are either Founders Edition or reference models.
Playing Middle Earth: Shadow of War at 1080p the difference is even more stark, with a 30 fps increase. Shadow of the Tomb Raider is one of the latest DirectX 12 games, and it showed the biggest performance gains during our tests. This is the newest game of the lot. Just be ready to pay a supercar price to enjoy its luxury ride for 4K and high-refresh gaming. Should you make the upgrade? Parallax occlusion mapping Stones 488 fps 533 fps Slightly better texture detail. Most of the extra money you're forking over for the Founders Edition goes into its overclocking-ready power-delivery hardware and heavy-duty cooling system. Its highest increases were in Bioshock: Infinite and Tomb Raider 2013 at 32 percent, and the least from the poorly optimized Hitman: Absolution 20 percent.
A total of 13 phases remain, according to Nvidia. But that can't be right, can it? Real-World Gaming So much for the synthetic benchmarks. I'm a victim in this whole Nvidia marketing scam. Sometimes one is faster than the other, but not by more than a few percentage points in most instances. This Founders Edition especially feels like serious hardware, far more grown up than the previous 10-series shrouds. Force Splatted Flocking Swarm 237 fps 267 fps Slightly faster complex splatting. I feel like the Russians are compelling me to do this by way of Facebook.
The results can be visually stunning, as you can see in the demo videos below. Active cooling is courtesy of twin 13-bladed fans. Look for a cooling-system analysis after the benchmarking section of this review. It could perform up to close to 20% faster in some games, but mostly was around the 15% region. Unigine Superposition This last synthetic benchmark is Unigine's 2017 release, Superposition. This is a very low resistance to which voltage drop is measured in parallel and passed on to the telemetry. Nvidia recommends a 650-watt-minimum power supply for either card.
Hardware Before we look at performance, there are a few things about the actual hardware you need to know. Nvidia's demos make both technologies look like they'll be worth the wait, but that's the leap of faith that early adopters will have to take. Just like a board-partner card, the Nvidia Founders Edition card under review here has a unique cooling solution. I for one welcome our new robot overlords, especially if they can make my games look super-pretty. With this generation of cards, though, Nvidia is directly competing in that market by selling its Founders Edition cards to consumers, with these cards actually upticked from its reference design.
A 20 percent premium over the reference card is significant almost to the point of daring on Nvidia's part. Not sure on the internet part. However, it's a small overclock at best over the reference card. According to Nvidia, is eight times faster at processing anti-aliasing than Pascal via machine learning. It's supposed to be added in a post-release patch.
But this is just a synthetic benchmark, so let's keep going. Nvidia has promised the whole system works to deliver ultra-cool and quiet performance. There are some exceptions though. Right, so at 4K we see a drop in performance for the 2080 Ti when compared to the 1440p numbers. Everything else is far enough above that you can be confident in getting stable performance across the board. We can't say one way or another, though, because, at this writing, no released games fully supported either technology.
But rarely will you find a top-tier product that doesn't require you to fork over extra for the prestige that comes with having the best. Too pricey for me now, maybe in a few months if prices go down. At this point we have no idea what this means. If it weren't for the badging between the fans, the only way you could tell the two apart would be based on the number of pins in the power connectors. The tests were run using the same in-game settings as in the results shown earlier. While I didn't like the article, I think Toms is better than those kinds of articles, it was the opinion of one man. It also supersedes the prohibitively expensive Titan X Pascal, in performance rankings.
So, I think we can almost forgive that. The Ti version comes with six graphics processing clusters, each with its own raster engine and six texture processing clusters. Note that the test was run in DirectX 12 mode. The fans were barely audible unless observing ears were pushed right up to the case of the test rig. Tensor Cores also drive a new technology called Deep Learning Super Sampling, which can increase resolution while applying anti-aliasing at the same time. The benchmarks have now reached the point of predictability. The numbers just don't add up.