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Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 First Look, Specifications and Reviews

It’s been a long time NVIDIA launched its first Maxwell-based graphics card, the GeForce GTX 980,and many more months since the company revealed the first important details of Pascal. So today, it’s no secret: The 2 major desktop dedicated GPU makers each area unit shut slash prepared for the latest GPUs. ‘It’s been a time long coming’ was written in that first line, and not without reason. The graphics card industry, or the GPU industry has been on hold, waiting for a smaller GPU fabrication process to become viable. Last generation GPUs were based on a twenty eight nm fabrication, an intermediate move to twenty nm was speculated to be the solution for today’s GPUs, but it was a problematic technology. Aside from some smaller ASICs the 20 nm node has been a fail. Therefore the trade had to wait till the ever newer and smaller fabrication method was offered so as to shrink the die that permits for fewer voltage usage within the chips, less transistor gate discharge and, obviously, more transistors in a GPU.

So speaking of GPU’s the GeForce “Pascal” architecture debuted this April at NVIDIA’s GTC event, driving the company’s Tesla P100 HPC processor based on the massive GP100 silicon. The architecture’s consumer-graphics debut was made earlier this month, in the form of the GeForce GTX 1080, reviewed today, and the GeForce GTX 1070. The GTX 1080 will hit shelves on May 27th, with the GTX 1070 following closely on June 10th.

The manufacturing company claiming the following specs the GTX 1080 comes with :


NVIDIA’s new flagship GeForce GTX 1080 is the most advanced gaming graphics card ever created. Discover unprecedented performance, power efficiency, and gaming experiences—driven by the new NVIDIA Pascal™ architecture. This is the ultimate gaming platform. GeForce GTX 10-series graphics cards are powered by Pascal to deliver up to 3x the performance of previous-generation graphics cards, plus innovative new gaming technologies and breakthrough VR experiences.

The new GeForce GTX 1080 is meticulously crafted to offer superior heat dissipation using vapor chamber cooling technology and premium materials, so it runs as cool as it looks.

Also GTX 1080 comes with NVIDIA SLI® TECHNOLOGY about which the company states that NVIDIA’s new SLI HB bridge doubles the available transfer bandwidth compared to the NVIDIA Maxwell™ architecture. Delivering silky-smooth gameplay, it’s the best way to experience surround gaming—and it’s only compatible with the GeForce GTX 1080.

In the Forbes GTX review Jason Evangelho have his own words about GeForce GTX 1080 that he compared during his test. He said :

During its GTX 1080 reveal earlier this month, Nvidia was keen to compare their newest flagship to the Titan X, emphasizing that it’s faster than their full-fat Maxwell monster for $400 less. They weren’t remotely kidding, by the way. In my testing the GTX 1080 consistently outpaces the Titan X by a significant margin. The real comparison, however, should be the GTX 980, which launched at $549. Yes, that’s $50 cheaper than its successor. And yes, you’ll soon realize it’s definitely worth the price hike.Nvidia also mentioned that they spent billions in R&D developing and rolling out this new Pascal architecture, and while I’m not going to go all “white paper” on you, I have to say that there’s a lot of magic happening here and it’s worth briefly highlighting some of the advancements, with deeper dives into features like Ansel, VR, and Simultaneous Multi-Projection down the road. Today I’m going to show you what matters most to me, and probably to you: performance.

GeForce GTX 1080 Quick Specs

Here, then, are some of the key GeForce GTX 1080 specs:

  • 2560 NVIDIA NVDA +0.17% CUDA Cores
  • 1607 Base Clock (MHz)
  • 1733 Boost Clock (MHz)
  • 8 GB GDDR5X Memory
  • 256-bit Memory Interface Width
  • 10 Gbps Memory Speed
  • Total Memory Bandwidth 320GB/sec
  • Thermal Design Power (TDP): 180 Watts

GeForce GTX 1080 Full Specs







In this review at techpowerup, they have tested a GeForce GTX 1080 reference-design graphics card, which will be marketed as the “Founders Edition,” at $699. This will be the price we will use in our primary price/performance calculation, although they did add a $599 price/performance data point as a reference point.

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GeForce GTX 980 Vs GeForce GTX 1080 Vs GTX Titan X

GeForce GTX 1080 & 1070
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Gaming Performance

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As about the design Gamespot reviewing the “Founder’s Edition” of the card, which cost $699 ($100 more than the 1080’s starting price). While previous iterations from Nvidia were known as “reference designs,” it appears the corporation wants to show it designs more than baseline graphics cards. So it has revamped its own design by using higher-quality materials that will no doubt resonate with the most devoted enthusiasts . Having said that, the Founder’s Edition graphics card does not use a higher-quality binned GPU. The extra $100 is merely for the superior materials and craftsmanship. For what it’s worth, personally they find the card’s jagged edges look pretty sharp.

What makes the Founder’s Edition stand out? For starters, the 4.3×10.5-inch chassis uses a die-cast aluminum body. The two-slot card’s radial blower fan is also aided by Nvidia’s vapor chamber cooler. Under load, I saw the fan rev up to 1,342rpm, which was still near whisper quiet. Another feature that makes the Founder’s Edition different is its removable low-profile backplate, which is useful for snug SLI configurations.

So, The GeForce GTX 1080 is the fastest single GPU-graphics card available today. It easily gives the $1,000 Titan X a run for its money. At 4K, where it’s really able to flex its muscles, it can be 70 percent faster than its predecessor, which is insane when you consider that the GTX 980 is still a fantastic GPU. We hope you have enjoyed our compilation so Don’t forget to let’s us know your views , queries and suggestions in comments.

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