It’s very likely that Nvidia will soon launch the GTX 1080 Ti graphics card, a powerful follow-up to last year’s GTX 1080 .
It’s expected to boast even more power to push cutting-edge gaming graphics in native 4K resolution, and while it’s likely to be based on the same Pascal GPU architecture as the GTX 1080, it should still be a decent upgrade over the older (yet still very powerful) GPU.
We’re assuming that Nvidia continues its pattern of releasing a mainline GPU series (along with an incredibly powerful Titan variant) one year, then following up with a more powerful Ti variant the next year.
So, if you’re looking forward to a GPU that’s more powerful than the GTX 1080, and more affordable than the Titan X , then read on to find out all the news, rumors and release date information we know so far about the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti.
Cut to the chase
What is it? The latest addition to Nvidia’s top of the range graphics cards
When’s it out? Recent rumors suggest late March 2017
What will it cost? Quite a bit, probably over $600 (£500, AU$800)
Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti release date
Could be announced on February 28
Rumors point to late March release
Going by previous release schedules we expect Nvidia to unveil the GTX 1080 Ti in the first half of 2017, and recent rumors appear to back this up.
Nvidia has sent out invitations for a press event in San Francisco on February 28, promising a showcase of ‘awesome’ PC gaming hardware – so it’s very possible that this is the date when Nvidia will reveal the GTX 1080 Ti.
The timing of this coincides with the Game Developers Conference (GDC), also held in San Francisco, and AMD is likely to announce its rival graphics cards using the Vega architecture, so Nvidia may be looking to steal some of AMD’s thunder .
There have also been rumours that the GTX 1080 Ti will make an appearance at PAX East in Boston a few weeks later, on March 10.
Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti price
Between $600 and $1,200 (£500 and £1,100, AU$800 and $1,500)
There haven’t been a huge amount of leaks or rumors about the price of the GTX 1080 Ti so far, but that won’t stop us speculating!
We can actually use a bit of educated guesswork to try and figure out the likely price tag of the GTX 1080 Ti. The card is probably going to sit between the GTX 1080 and the Titan X in terms power, so it’s likely the price will be somewhere between those two cards – so between $600 and $1,200 (£500 and £1,100, AU$800 and AU$1,500)
That’s quite a wide price range, but going by previous ‘Ti’ releases we can’t see it being as cheap as the GTX 1080 or as expensive as the Titan X, so we’d say around the $850 (£700, AU$1,100) mark is probable. Sadly, it’s very likely that this is going to be an expensive graphics card.
When both your work and leisure time are spent in front of a screen, it’s easy for the two to bleed into one another. Distractions like social media and videos can easily eat into time that should really be spent focusing on important tasks, and a steady flow of email notifications can jar us out of a productive workflow.
That’s why time-management software is so useful; these free tools and services help you make the most of your day by prioritizing tasks, organizing materials, planning your time, and blocking distractions. There are also brilliant free programs to automate mundane tasks, saving you a few clicks and sweeps of your mouse. The savings might be small, but throughout the week they add up to something substantial.
This is our pick of the best free time-management software for Windows. Which tools help you stay on track? Let us know in the comments below.
1. Tomighty and Pomodorium
Become more productive by managing your time with the Pomodoro Technique, and reward yourself with a fun RPG
Tomighty is a neat little desktop app designed for use with the Pomodoro Technique. The idea is that by splitting your time into 25-minute chunks of intense focus, interspersed with regular breaks, you work more effectively than if you worked uninterrupted for the same period
Tomighty sits in your notification area. Click it to begin a 25-minute Pomodoro, and it will alert you when the time is up. You can set long or short breaks, but there’s nothing more complicated than that; it’s impossible to waste time setting it up and configuring it.
If that sounds a little dull, Pomodorium (pictured) is a similar tool that gamifies the Pomodoro Technique, integrating a timer with a simple RPG. Every time you complete 25 minutes of focused work you earn virtual currency, which you can use to upgrade a character. During your work breaks, you take this customized hero on a journey across a fantasy world, battling monsters and earning XP – a fun reward for your hard work.
Hassle-free task and time management to help you stay organized and motivated
Free web app Trello enables you to make several to-do lists, and set deadlines to help you stay on top of your work and errands. Each item in a list has its own card, which contains detailed information (as much or as little as you like), as well as any links that will help you get the job done. For example, if you need to pay a bill, you could quickly paste in a link to your bank’s homepage, and the amount due.
One of Trello’s best features is the ability to prioritize tasks, helping you structure your day. It’s great for keeping yourself motivated too; once you’ve completed a task, drag the card into a column for finished jobs and at the end of the day you’ll have a clear view of what you’ve accomplished.
Trello also lets you assign tasks to other people, which is mainly useful for businesses, but could also be handy if your family or housemates are unusually organized.
Part notebook, part scrapbook, Evernote helps you save time by gathering resources in one place
Evernote can help you manage your time and improve productivity in two ways. Firstly, you can use it to manage resources for a project – gathering references and making notes, and collating them all in one place. Your notebook is synced across devices (a feature that became free for all users last year), enabling you to access your work anywhere – including time spent away from your desk that would otherwise be unproductive.
Evernote can also reduce procrastination by serving as a place to store ideas that come to you throughout the day, articles that catch your eye, and web pages that look interesting. Rather than distracting yourself by opening them all in new tabs, you can simply paste them into Evernote, then check them later in your free time.
Write without distractions and target your creative attention like a laser beam
We’ve tried a lot of distraction-blocking software, and FocusWriter remains our favorite. It takes over your whole screen with a simple empty page for you to pour your thoughts out onto. There are no page breaks to break your flow, no necessary formatting tools, and no way to see social media notifications or incoming emails.
FocusWriter isn’t just a substitute for Microsoft Wordpad, though – it lets you set a custom background to get you in the mood, includes Pomodoro-style timers so you don’t have to concern yourself with clock-watching, and even has a Focus mode that greys out everything except the paragraph you’re working on.
FocusWriter isn’t suitable for editing, but for getting a first draft of an essay, story or report down on paper, it’s ideal.
5. Cold Turkey
A tough approach to time-management that blocks access to distracting websites
Cold Turkey is like a nicotine patch for social media addicts, supplementing your willpower by blocking the sites that waste your time and attention for specified periods of time. Unlike distraction-blocking browser extensions, you can’t circumvent Cold Turkey by using a different app, and you can’t simply uninstall it while it’s running.
Cold Turkey comes with a block list of the most notorious time-thieves like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, with the ability to add more if your vices aren’t included by default.
6. Task Till Dawn
Save a few moments every day by using this time-management app to automate jobs
Talk Till Dawn is a neat little app that enables you to automatically open folders, files or programs at certain times or intervals. For example, if you use a free backup program that doesn’t enable you to schedule backups, you could use Task Till Dawn to force it to run at the end of each day. Similarly, if you use a free malware scanner, Task Till Dawn lets you schedule a regular scan (once a week, for example) to check for threats automatically.
Task Till Dawn is still in development, so a few features are still in an experimental stage, but it’s a very handy way to avoid performing tasks manually.
7. Rainy Mood
The calming patter of rain on a windowpane is a perfect soundtrack for hard work
Working in silence is dull, and noises like ticking clocks can be aggravating when you’re trying to focus. Some people work well with music, but if you’re likely to get distracted skipping between tracks, give Rainy Mood a try.
Rainy Mood is available as a free web app if you’re working on your desktop, or as a mobile app for Android or Google Play, and helps drown out background sounds with the relaxing sound of raindrops and distant thunder.
We also find Rainy Mood brilliant for those times when our minds are whirring with thoughts of the day ahead and it’s impossible to sleep.