If you want to future-proof your gaming rig for a world filled with 4K and virtual reality games, the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 980Ti is built for you. Nvidia's newly available $649 graphics processor is optimized for ultra-high resolution gaming, and will take full advantage of the graphical benefits of Windows 10's DirectX 12 interface when the operating system launches in late July.
The 980Ti packs 6GB of RAM, a maximum resolution of 5120 x 3200 and a whopping 2,816 CUDA cores, which essentially means it's more than ready for both 4K and virtual reality games. While it's not quite as beefy as Nvidia's epic Titan X GPU (3,072 cores 12GB RAM), the company says to expect three times the performance over the previous-generation GTX 680.
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Along with all of Nvidia's Maxwell-based GPUs, the 980Ti will benefit from a wealth of DirectX 12 features, including Volume Tiled Resource and Bindless Textures. If that all sounds like another language to you, just know that the graphics card is built to deliver insanely detailed textures and realistic lighting and shadows for demanding games like Grand Theft Auto V and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
The 980Ti also helps herald Nvidia's push toward better VR gaming, with software features designed to create smooth, realistic virtual reality images that take up as few system resources as possible. The company's GeForce software hub will also support VR, with the ability to optimize virtual reality settings on a game-by-game basis.
On top of that, the 980Ti will carry all of Nvidia's usual exclusive GPU features, such as G-Sync for preventing screen tearing, GameStream for streaming to Shield devices and ShadowPlay for recording and broadcasting gameplay.
For $649 the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980Ti seems ideal for gamers who want to push the highest-end games to their max settings, but don't quite have the cash for a $999 Titan X. You can order the graphics card now from Nvidia's website.