NVIDIA's New 1080 Ti Graphics Card is Faster than a Titan for a Fraction of the Price

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 TiCredit: NVIDIA
With a more than 35% better performance than the standard 1080, the 1080Ti offers filmmakers faster renders at an affordable price.

Upgrading your graphics card is one of the best decisions you can make to extend the life of your computer system. Realtime video processing, elaborate noise correction, visual effects and renders are all hard on the graphics card, which makes it well worth replacing regularly for post professionals—or really, anyone working with a lot of video. While there is always a temptation to splurge for a high end card like the Titan, which can run over $1000 and is targeted for scientific and AI applications, most filmmakers are well served with a top-of-the line gaming card which will offer a lot of bang for a much smaller price.

NVIDIA's new GeForce GTX 1080 Ti comes in at just slightly more than half the price of the Titan-X ($699 vs $1200), but according to NVIDIA, is even faster than the larger card in certain applications. The Ti offers 35% more performance than the previous 1080 card, which has proved itself popular with filmmakers and gamers. With 11GB of onboard GDDR5 memory (sometimes referred to as VRAM), the card is designed for and equipped to handle high resolution, stereoscopic and VR imagery with ease.

Credit: NVIDIA
This card would make a perfect complement for external GPU expanders like the BizonBox, either for keeping your older Macbook Pro current or extending the capabilities of your new machine. Not to be outdone, NVIDIA's main competitor AMD has announced their comparable Vega line of cards that will be available later this spring.

Available from NVIDIA partners worldwide on March 10th for a recommended retail price of $699.

Tech Specs:

  • 3,584 NVIDIA® CUDA® cores
  • 11GB frame buffer running 11gb/s
  • FinFET process
  • 12 billion transistors
  • 4k & VR Support
  • 220 Watt power draw
  • 1582HZ Burst Clock
  • Pascal Architecture

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Probably worth noting that it only compatible with a MacBook Pro when running windows. - OS X does not support 1000 series cards.

March 7, 2017 at 10:29AM


This would never be compatible with a MacBook Pro, or any laptop for that matter, because you can't put discrete GPUs into laptops.

You're going to need a desktop computer (Windows or Hackintosh) to use a graphics card like this one.

March 7, 2017 at 10:36AM


or you can make it into an external GPU

March 7, 2017 at 10:49AM


I believe that even as an external GPU it won't be possible to use a 1000 series GPU on a mac until they provide drivers.

The lack of support for 1000 GPUs is a bit telling of Apples product strategy. It doesn't sound promising either. PC here I come.

March 7, 2017 at 12:48PM


Dang are you serious!!! Come on Apple! There's almost zero reason not to have a 1000 card in your rig if you're editing video. 1070 is amazing bang for your buck!

March 7, 2017 at 1:12PM, Edited March 7, 1:12PM


Apple doesn't have any machines in production that have native external GPU support. I can't see adding driver support for the small number if users who use expansion chassis or an older mac is high on their todo list.

These cards (1080s) are great to use but at this point Linux resolve is the place to put them. The mac is a dying platform for professional level work. You just can't put enough GPU's in them.

March 8, 2017 at 10:48AM


Is this graphics card able to work within a hackintosh? Looking to move away from Mac Pro 2013 but still keep Final Cut X.

April 3, 2017 at 10:44AM

Michael Kozlowski

Are these cards still catching on fire or did they fix that?

March 7, 2017 at 3:11PM

Brad Jones

Those were dual fan EVGA cards and they have since added the proper thermal pads where needed to stop the issue.


March 7, 2017 at 6:34PM


I would just go with the 6800 and the 1070. That combo is more than enough to edit c300 4k footage at full quality. save yourself some $$.

March 9, 2017 at 9:57AM

Walter Wallace

Had a friend who had dual original Nvidia Titians. Claimed he couldn't get proper support in Adobe. RT everything I guess. Was told that he needed Pro support so swapped out for dual Quatro somethings and all was fine, in-spite of the Quatro's admittedly far, far lower specs.
Remember Nvidia GTX < Titian < Quatro, in Nvidia's product stack.
That said more expensive isn't always better.
Gaming performance doesn't always lead to other performance either.

Honestly though, I find it incredibly hard to find any real information comparing GPU's & CPU's under various production software. One would think in this era there would be vast bench-marking available to compare various hardware setups.
Can anyone divulge where they find their information in these regards?

March 16, 2017 at 10:37PM