Colorful’s GTX 1080 Ti ‘Kudan’ Limited Edition GPU: 50 Units Made in 2017by Anton Shilov on June 15, 2018 2:00 PM EST
If you are on the market for a collectible, do not bother with Intel’s Core i7-8086K, try to find Colorful’s iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kudan if you can.
Just days ago, Intel released its limited edition Core i7-8086K processor to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the x86 ISA. 50,000 of such CPUs will be produced with many going to Intel’s partners, sweepstake winners, and various VIPs, which will make the chip a collectable item a decade from now. Meanwhile, there are up-to-date products that are collectables even today. Meet Colorful’s iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kudan. Only 50 of these were produced last year and while theoretically they remain in production, do not expect them to become a mass product.
The Colorful iGame GeForce GTX 1080 Ti Kudan is not a new graphics card. It was introduced sometime in Q4 2017 and hit the market in December, an event we covered back then. The graphics card has a special “Turbo” BIOS mode and sets GPU frequencies to 1657 MHz/1784 MHz (base/boost), which is among the highest factory-overclock settings for NVIDIA’s GP102 in the industry. In fact, at nearly 1.8 GHz, the GPU on the GTX 1080 Ti Kudan card produces more TFLOPS than the GPU on NVIDIA’s Titan Xp. Higher compute performance does not mean that Colorful’s card is faster than the Titan Xp in all cases though, but this definitely sets the Kudan apart from other custom GeForce GTX 1080 Ti boards. Naturally, Colorful’s cards has a powerful VRM with iGame Pure-Power Inductance feature and silver-plated elements to reduce electric resistance. Obviously, it has a very sophisticated hybrid cooling system as well to guarantee stable operation. The graphics card was available in select stores in Japan for ¥158,890 (or $1399) late last year.
As reported, Kudan is the ninth-degree black belt in Japanese martial arts, the second highest rank after Judan (tenth-degree dan, the absolute top in modern martial arts). Kudan represents a rare top-grade master in martial arts that stands well above 99% of black belt holders. Only fifteen people in the worlds were ever promoted to Judan in Japan and there are only three living 10th dan holders, so even at 50 units made, the Kudan is not as rare as Judan. Nonetheless, Colorful’s card is more exotic than almost any graphics card that has ever reached the market.
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tim851 - Saturday, June 16, 2018 - link8086s sell on eBay for under 10 bucks. I don't see how bundling them with a relabelled 7700K would shoot their value up like this. The 8086K has no historical value, there's no reason a small museum or a private collector should put them on display.
close - Saturday, June 16, 2018 - link8086 are still collectible just not worth very much :). But if you want a collection you don't want to skip on that particular CPU. It made history.
Imagine collecting smartphones and not having the original iPhone in there.
This being said rarity might not make this GPU worth too much any time in the future. Unless you're building the ultimate GPU collection (which might make this worth a fortune) people just won't care (or know) that it's rare. And the 8086K might be worth it to a collector or museum once the price goes down.
Icehawk - Monday, June 18, 2018 - linkI did keep my voodoo2 and my Dell 64MB GeForce which had double the ram of any other card available. Collectible in the sense of oh neat nostalgia not collectible in the sense of planning my retirement around them
sor - Saturday, June 16, 2018 - linkI’m not sure if they’ll be collectible, but if they are the speculative exec issue would have no bearing on it. A collectible would never see a motherboard.
Sttm - Friday, June 15, 2018 - linkIf you want to throw away your money I guess you could do worse. Ill just wait until Next Gen.
Rygar1976 - Saturday, June 16, 2018 - linkI am not sure why this matters... like at all?
ALL of these aftermarket cards have a maximum voltage of 1.93 volts. You need a shunt mod to get around that hard limit.
My 1080ti, which happens to be an Aorus will max out at around 2 Ghz or slightly over at 1.093 volts are with the 3 fans maxed it rarely breaks 50c.
There is literally no need for water cooling or special "turbo/base clocks" on these cards as they will all boost to around 1.9 - 2.2 Ghz as long as you have the drivers installed and set the voltage curve to 1.093 volts properly. Most of these cards will do this for the user without any help anyway via the drivers.
Diji1 - Saturday, June 16, 2018 - link"it rarely breaks 50c"
Why don't you come back and comment after used a GTX 1080 Ti to power more than the Windows desktop though?
Opencg - Saturday, June 16, 2018 - linkThe only thing people who buy this card are black belt in are video games.
mode_13h - Monday, June 18, 2018 - linkAnd most of them probably can't even claim that.
Koenig168 - Sunday, June 17, 2018 - linkJust because it is overpriced and limited does not make it a collectible. How many people you know has a GPU collection as a hobby?