What Does Ti mean in a GPU

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Ok so here is a quick one. What does “Ti” mean when seen in a NVIDIA GPU Name?

With “GPU” meaning Graphics Processing Unit and being responsible for all kinds of Graphical Calculations on the Computer, the GPU helps the Processor output a picture to your Display Monitor.

Now what about TI? Well its actually the periodic table abbreviation for “Titanium”.

It doesn’t mean however, that there is any Titanium used in the fabrication of the GPU. At least not more than in any non-Ti cards.

Now how does this translate to rendering performance? Let’s take a look at some of the more recent generations of NVIDIA Cards:

  • GTX 780: CUDA-Cores: 2304, VRAM: 3GB, Octane-Bench: 73
    GTX 780Ti: CUDA-Cores: 2880, VRAM: 3GB, Octane-Bench: 91
  • GTX 980: CUDA-Cores: 2048, VRAM: 4GB, Octane-Bench: 98
    GTX 980Ti: CUDA-Cores: 2816, VRAM: 6GB, Octane-Bench: 134
  • GTX 1080: CUDA-Cores 2560, VRAM 8GB, Octane-Bench: 136
    GTX 1080Ti: CUDA-Cores: 3584, VRAM 11GB, Octane-Bench: 185
  • GTX 2080: CUDA-Cores 2944, VRAM 8GB, Octane-Bench: 189
    GTX 2080Ti: CUDA-Cores: 4352, VRAM 11GB, Octane-Bench: 240

As we can see, the Ti Versions have a lot more Shader (CUDA) Cores, more VRAM and tend to be the best performance / price ratio and performance / power ratio GPUs in the NVIDIA GPU Generation line-up.

The benefits outweigh the usually lower core-clocks and make the Ti Version of Nvidia GTX / RTX GPUs the gpu-rendering performance leader on the Mainstream Platform.

The Ti Version also clearly outranks the non-Ti GPU in Octane-Bench.

Some say the Ti Version usually is a non-cut down Version of a GPU Core. Though this is not always true. Sometimes the Ti Version uses a different Core than the non-Ti Versions, though sometimes the non-Ti Versions have the Same GPU Core as the Ti Version with some parts being deactivated.

Check the performance / Dollar Table here to see if you should reach for the Ti Version of NVIDIA GPUs.

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Hi, I am Alex, a Freelance 3D Generalist, Motion Designer and Compositor.

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Dani

Just to make it clear the GTX 1080 has the highest Clock Speed and a higher one than its ti adequant. Of course you can reduce this gap by overclocking but that’s another topic. I think in general the post is missing something about the changes in Clock Speed especially with the huge jump from Maxwell to Pascal.

The GTX 1080 has a boost clock speed of 1733 which is often surpassed without oc. It has the highest base Clock Speed + Turbo.

I don’t want to criticize you it is just what I would have liked to read 😉