Choose proper GeForce GPU(s) according to your machine

This post introduces how to choose proper NVIDIA GeForce GPU(s) according to your desktop or workstation.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of NVIDIA Corporation with the donation of (1) Titan X Pascal GPU used for our machine learning and deep learning based research.

It is very important to choose the proper GPUs according to your Desktop / Workstation (The Power Specs of your machine that will house), and also according to the overall computation performance efficiency, including the GPU Engine Specs (esp. how many NVIDIA CUDA Cores) and Memory Specs (e.g., Memory Speed, Standard Memory Config, Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec))GPU(s)) , as well as financial cost.

  • Full Specifications (The Compute Capability of the four GPU graphics cards listed below are all 6.1.)



GeForce GTX 1080 Ti


  • Price



GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

GeForce GTX 1080

When you choose GeForce GPU(s) for your machine, be sure to consider both the power specs of your machine and also the GPU Engine Specs (esp. how many NVIDIA CUDA Cores) and Memory Specs (e.g., Memory Speed, Standard Memory Config, Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec)).

For example, if your machine has one 8pin and two 6pin PCIe power cables, and you have budge around $1200, I would recommend go for two GeForce GTX 1080 cards. In this case, purchasing two GeForce GTX 1080 cards will cost you a little bit less and more importantly it will give you much more computation power comparing with one single NVIDIA TITAN Xp

(Note that two 6pin PCIe power cables can be used as one 8pin PCIe power cable.)

If you machine has one 8pin and one 6pin if you have $700 budget, go for  GeForce GTX 1080 Ti

If you have two 6 pins or one 8pin, or one 8pin and  one 6pin, and you have budge around $600, the best choice would be one GeForce GTX 1080.

In this post I just compared the GPU card above GeForce GTX 1080. For more (combination) options, check the table I given below to find the best configuration according to your machine and the cost that best suitable for you.

(Thanks for Scott and Bob’s help with this.)


GPU Compute Capability
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti 6.1
GeForce GTX 1080 6.1
GeForce GTX 1070 6.1
GeForce GTX 1060 6.1
GeForce GTX 1050 6.1
GeForce GTX TITAN X 5.2
GeForce GTX TITAN Z 3.5
GeForce GTX TITAN Black 3.5
GeForce GTX TITAN 3.5
GeForce GTX 980 Ti 5.2
GeForce GTX 980 5.2
GeForce GTX 970 5.2
GeForce GTX 960 5.2
GeForce GTX 950 5.2
GeForce GTX 780 Ti 3.5
GeForce GTX 780 3.5
GeForce GTX 770 3.0
GeForce GTX 760 3.0
GeForce GTX 750 Ti 5.0
GeForce GTX 750 5.0
GeForce GTX 690 3.0
GeForce GTX 680 3.0
GeForce GTX 670 3.0
GeForce GTX 660 Ti 3.0
GeForce GTX 660 3.0
GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST 3.0
GeForce GTX 650 Ti 3.0
GeForce GTX 650 3.0
GeForce GTX 560 Ti 2.1
GeForce GTX 550 Ti 2.1
GeForce GTX 460 2.1
GeForce GTS 450 2.1
GeForce GTS 450* 2.1
GeForce GTX 590 2.0
GeForce GTX 580 2.0
GeForce GTX 570 2.0
GeForce GTX 480 2.0
GeForce GTX 470 2.0
GeForce GTX 465 2.0
GeForce GT 740 3.0
GeForce GT 730 3.5
GeForce GT 730 DDR3,128bit 2.1
GeForce GT 720 3.5
GeForce GT 705* 3.5
GeForce GT 640 (GDDR5) 3.5
GeForce GT 640 (GDDR3) 2.1
GeForce GT 630 2.1
GeForce GT 620 2.1
GeForce GT 610 2.1
GeForce GT 520 2.1
GeForce GT 440 2.1
GeForce GT 440* 2.1
GeForce GT 430 2.1
GeForce GT 430* 2.1

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