As GPUs become more and more advanced, the naming schemes get more and more complicated, especially since new models are released so frequently.
There are many tiny descriptors that can be found at the end of the model name, such as Super, XT, and Ti. Did you ever wonder what they meant? They are usually more expensive versions of the same graphics card, so generally, a boost in performance is the result. Today’s topic of the discussion focuses on specifically what Ti means in a GPU.
What does Ti mean in a GPU?
A GPU name containing the abbreviation “Ti” means “Titanium”. 3060 Ti, 2080 Ti, and 1080 Ti are just a few examples.
However, this does not mean Titanium is utilized during GPU manufacturing. A Ti card won’t have more than any other card.
What does this mean for performance? Check out some of the newer NVIDIA cards:
- GTX 780: CUDA-Cores: 2304, VRAM: 3GB, Octane-Bench: 73
GTX 780Ti: CUDA-Cores: 2880, VRAM: 3GB, Octane-Bench: 91
- GTX 1080: CUDA-Cores 2560, VRAM 8GB, Octane-Bench: 136
GTX 1080Ti: CUDA-Cores: 3584, VRAM 11GB, Octane-Bench: 185
- GTX 980: CUDA-Cores: 2048, VRAM: 4GB, Octane-Bench: 98
GTX 980Ti: CUDA-Cores: 2816, VRAM: 6GB, Octane-Bench: 134
- GTX 2080: CUDA-Cores 2944, VRAM 8GB, Octane-Bench: 189
GTX 2080Ti: CUDA-Cores: 4352, VRAM 11GB, Octane-Bench: 240
As we can see, Ti Versions of NVIDIA GPUs have more CUDA (Shader) Cores, more VRAM, and are capable of higher performance and higher value than non-Ti GPUs in the same tier.
GPUs with “Ti”-Versions are usually released later than the ones without. AMD usually uses them as a competitive weapon against its own products. Additionally, their purpose is to lower the price of certain performance tiers without actually lowering the price of existing GPUs.
Octane-Bench signals a clear advantage for the Ti Version over its non-Ti counterpart.
Ti Versions are sometimes described as non-cut down versions of a GPU Core. Even though this isn’t always the case. The Ti Version sometimes uses a different GPU core than the non-Ti Versions, but sometimes they have the same GPU core but with some features deactivated.
How does Ti relate to GPUs? It’s an extra performance, baby! A low to midrange Ti card is a stepping stone to the next one up. It is essentially a middle ground, costing less and giving you the ability to boost your FPS. Ti GPUs, however, are the most powerful graphics cards you can buy, and they will cost you more for the card than you will for a high-end gaming PC.
In the case of hardcore PC gamers who have ample money to spend, a Ti GPU is going to be the best purchase you will ever make. Lower-end Ti cards are a more realistic choice for those of us who build our PCs on a budget. Whatever card you choose, you can be assured that you will experience more frames per second with a Ti card.