Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti review: The monster graphics card 4K gamers have been waiting for

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Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity, running on Oxide’s custom Nitrous engine, was an early standard-bearer for DirectX 12, and many months later it’s still the premier game for seeing what next-gen graphics technologies have to offer. (It’s a fun real-time strategy game, too!) The performance gains it offers with DX12 over DX11 can be eye-opening, though those gains tend to be more profound on Radeon cards.

We tested the game using the High graphics setting, as the Crazy and Extreme presets aren’t reflective of real-world usage scenarios. They can really bring graphics cards to their knees.

1080 ti aots 4k Brad Chacos
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The GTX 1080 Ti’s lead over the GTX 1080 is modest at best in DX11, especially at 4K resolution, but that gulf widens greatly when you activate DX12. Even then, Nvidia’s new card “only” bests its cousin by a hair over 17 percent.

Next page: Synthetic benchmarks

At a Glance
  • Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 Ti is the most powerful graphics card ever, capable of no-compromises 4K gaming. It's cheaper than expected, too.


    • The most powerful graphics card ever released
    • Can power no-compromises 4K gaming
    • No hotter than vanilla GTX 1080 despite big performance boost
    • DisplayPort-to-DVI adapter included in box


    • Reference-style cooling isn't as efficient as custom coolers
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