For those who wanted a fair comparison between two amazing GPUs, today we bring you a 980 TI vs 1080 TI Review.
Before we begin, it would be wise to talk about the releasing dates and prices of both GPU’s. The GeForce GTX 980 TI was released on June 02 of 2015 with a price of $649. Almost two years later, the GeForce GTX 1080 TI was released on March 05 of 2017, costing $699, a fairly reasonable cost to upgrade from one generation to another.
Now, this topic is rather controversial between the users of both graphic cards. Some people claimed that it wouldn’t be necessary to upgrade from the 980 TI series to the 1080 TI series since the improvement rate in performance is rather low. Yet, considering the prices between them, many claim that it is a rather cheap price to pay to upgrade from one generation to another. But let’s discuss this a bit further and do a little insight about their differences (As simpler as possible)
First, the 1080 TI has more core clock speed and a better texture mapping, providing better texturing performance than its counterpart. Also, the 1080 TI has a better pixeling performance.
The two of them are compatible with Direct X 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Considering that the 1080 TI was released later, its driver support is better optimized and compatible for running newer games.
With this said, we share the improvement in performance in regards of FPS (Frames per second) in some games:
- GTA V:
1080 TI: 150 FPS.
980 TI: 67 FPS.
- The Witcher III:
1080 TI: 118 FPS.
980 TI: 85 FPs.
- Assassins Creed: Origins.
1010 TI: 97 FPS.
980 TI: 62 FPS.
When it comes to FPS, the overall improvement in many games goes from 30 to 60 FPS, but, in general, both graphic cards are capable of running most games in high-standards.
This is the reason why many believe that upgrading from the GeForce GTX 980 TI to the GeForce GTX 1080 TI is rather unnecessary. Yet, considering that the 980 TI has 6GB of video ram and the 1080 TI has 11GB of video ram, and the latest mentioned has a better memory bandwidth, resulting in a better proven performance, upgrading is also an option.
Also, consider that the GeForce GTX 1080 TI will be a better option if you plan to play games in higher resolutions. Although they both provide a great overall performance when talking about video-games, the 1080 TI will definitely show better results if you decide to play not only in higher resolutions, but with higher settings. Also, as time passes by, the later one will show better results thanks to its drivers and better optimization.
The decision, as always, is taken by the users, yet, if you plan to save money to upgrade to a higher generation, stick to the 980 TI. If you can afford the upgrade and then change to a newer one, upgrading would be a nice thing to do.