Introducing The GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Play The Future

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Stunning 4K monitors are finally affordable, and Virtual Reality fast approaches. Both deliver incredible image quality and immersion upgrades, but powering these demanding experiences isn’t easy. 4K runs at 3840x2160, and VR 2160x1200, at a blistering 90 frames per second. Compared to 1920x1080, the most popular gaming resolution, VR requires more than three times as much processing power, additional video memory, high-resolution compression engines, larger caches, and the latest GPU-assisted performance and experience enhancements. For these reasons, Oculus announced earlier this month that they recommend a GeForce GTX 970 or higher graphics card for their Rift headset.

If you want to enjoy 4K and VR with all the settings cranked, however, you’ll need the very best. As of now that is the new £549 GeForce GTX 980 Ti, a 6GB, 2816 CUDA Cores behemoth that’s ready for the future’s demanding, graphically-advanced games.

This Summer, the world will see the release of DirectX 12. Available as part of Windows 10, DirectX 12 greatly reduces performance-sapping overheads, enabling DirectX 12 titles to run significantly faster with the right optimisation and programming. All of our Maxwell, Kepler and Fermi GPUs will benefit from the optimizations in the DirectX 12 API, but only newer cards will support the more advanced changes and optimisations.

DirectX 12 also enables new visual effects and rendering techniques on GPUs with the necessary hardware, such as the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and other 2nd Generation Maxwell GPUs. Effects and techniques include, but are not limited to, Volume Tiled Resources, Conservative Rasters, Raster Order Views, Tiled Resources, Typed UAV Access, Bindless Textures, and Async Compute.

In-game, enhancements from these features include higher-quality graphics with reduced memory usage, the use of millions of unique textures per scene, higher-quality and more complex visual effects, efficient multi-resolution shadow maps, high-quality Ray Traced shadows free of aliasing, and higher-quality transparency rendering. In other words, lots of good stuff that make games look even better.

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As it currently stands on DirectX 11, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is up to three faster than previous-generation flagships, giving you the performance to play demanding titles like Grand Theft Auto V, Project Cars, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with settings cranked way up.

For improved VR performance and compatibility, we’ve developed “GameWorks VR”, a suite of tools and features for VR headsets and game developers. Included are new techniques that allow developers to accelerate rendering, reduce latency, scale performance in SLI, and improve VR headset compatibility, making GeForce the ultimate graphics platform for technically advanced, graphically demanding VR experiences.

In the here and now, GeForce gamers benefit from innovative advancements like Dynamic Super Resolution (DSR), which delivers 4K-quality graphics to 1920x1080 and 2560x1440 monitors; our extensive library of NVIDIA GameWorks effects, which add immersive PC-exclusive enhancements to games such as Grand Theft Auto V and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt; and a vast array of additional features that improve image quality, performance, and functionality in your favorite games.

Whether you’re planning a new build or upgrade for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, or for future DirectX 12, 4K and VR experiences, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti will deliver the optimum experience thanks to its raw performance, supporting technologies, and game-enhancing GameWorks effects. If that sounds good to you, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti is available now for £549 MSRP. At select stockists and the NVIDIA online store you’ll also find a bundle offer, giving you a free Steam copy of the upcoming, highly anticipated Batman: Arkham Knight.

Check out our bundle page for a list of participating retailers and e-tailers, and make sure to check the product page carefully before purchase to ensure the card you’re buying is eligible.