Many were wondering if NVIDIA would top last year’s GTX 980 which, despite a few hiccups, was easily the best high-end graphics card of 2014. If the reviews coming in are anything to go by, the company more than surpassed the GTX 980 with the new GTX 980 Ti, a card that rivals NVIDIA’s ridiculously powerful GTX Titan X, but at a price point that’s much more palatable. Not to say $650 for a single component is cheap, but you get what you pay for.
Computex, Asia’s biggest technology trade show, is about to begin—and Nvidia’s kicking it off with the announcement of its newest graphics card, the 980 Ti. Like the 780 Ti of 2013, the new 980 Ti is positioned between Nvidia’s high-end option and its flagship Titan. The Titan X, released in March, is based on Nvidia’s GM200 Maxwell GPU and offers a slightly absurd 12GB of VRAM for $1000. The 980 Ti is a cut-down version of GM200, with a more reasonable 6GB of VRAM and a more reasonable price: $650 (£550). And it’s available now. Or, at least, soon: according to Nvidia, the 980 Ti should be available shortly after announcing. That $650 price also includes a free copy of Batman: Arkham Knight thrown in. As the 980 Ti enters Nvidia’s lineup, the 980 is dropping from its base price of $550 down to $500. How does the GTX 980 Ti stack up? You can read our full review here, but if you want a quick spec overview, here’s a table for your eyeballs. It’s a good time to be in the market for a new graphics card, but we’d recommend biding your time for the next few weeks. AMD’s new cards are coming soon, too, and they may outperform Nvidia’s or cause some more price shakeups in the near future.