The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti shows a big jump in performance, compared to the current cards of the Pascal-generation, thanks to its high-end GPU. The card is therefore a very interesting card for gaming in Ultra HD. In a great number of games, you manage to get 60 fps at the highest settings and at Ultra HD resolution, while in other games you can still reach that level by dialing back some of the more taxing settings. SLI adds even more performance to this mix, in the games that actually support it. You can get to 60 fps in nearly all games that support it - in our test, the only exception to that rule is a game that didn't support SLI.
Compared to the GTX Titan X, the performance is slightly less good, probably because of the smaller number of ROPs. At the same time, we see that the GTX 1080 Ti manages to hold on to a significantly higher clock-speed in our throttling test, which compensates for that. All the more because the GTX 1080 Ti will be available in the form of higher clocked (and better cooled) custom cards.
Even if you are not interested in the GTX 1080 Ti, there is still reason to cheer the newcomer. Already its presence has lowered the prices of cards such as the GTX 1070 and 1080. Thus far, you paid a lot for these cards, because of AMD's inability to compete in these segments. The irony is that the prices were finally lowered by Nvidia competing with itself. We will have to wait until the launch of Vega in a few months before we know AMD's answer in these performances ranges.
As with the other Nvidia-cards we have seen, the Founders Edition does not cool very well and makes a lot of noise, at least compared to the custom coolers. Unless you want to buy the card for its look, or you absolutely need a blower-style cooler, we would recommend you the custom cards - we won't be waiting for them for long.