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Powering 4K Gaming: Nvidia Launches GeForce GTX 980 Ti

Powering 4K Gaming: Nvidia Launches GeForce GTX 980 TiWith the 4K market poised for steep growth in 2015, Nvidia is looking to provide the muscle behind high-resolution gaming with the GTX 980 Ti, allowing users to run 4K games with all settings ramped up.

Nvidia is also looking ahead to virtual reality gaming – which, it notes, compared to 1920 x 1080, requires three times as much processing power, additional video memory, high-resolution compression engines and larger caches – with headsets such as the Oculus Rift set to arrive next year.

The GTX 980 Ti features 6 GB memory with 2816 CUDA cores, which Nvidia states has it well equipped for more demanding graphically advanced future games, too. The GTX 980 Ti also features support for Microsoft’s next-generation DirectX 12 graphics application programming interface.

Nvidia states that as it currently stands on DirectX 11, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti provides up to three times faster speed than previous-generation flagships, letting users play demanding titles such as Grand Theft Auto V, Project CARS, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt with settings set high.

Nvidia is also introducing a new software development kit, GameWorks VR, to help VR headset and game developers work with GeForce GPUs, including features allowing developers to accelerate rendering, reduce latency, scale performance in SLI, and improve VR headset compatibility.

The GTX 980 Ti retails for US$649.99.