Nvidia GTX 1080 – Cheaper, Faster, Smarter…
Last year, we saw Nvidia introduce the GeForce GTX Titan X. A state-of-the-art, $1,000 nuclear warhead of a graphics card that annihilated any and all of its competition from the face of the earth. But sadly for the GeForce GTX Titan X, it’s about to be left in the dust. After much anticipation by hardware enthusiasts everywhere, Nvidia revealed the GTX 1080, their high-end iteration of this sales year, the top dog of the 1000 series.
Since we were given a taste of the new Pascal architecture aimed at heavy-duty computing, it was only a matter of time till they implemented it to their consumer graphics cards. As you’d expect from a card of newer architecture, the GTX 1080 is fast. But how fast ? Not only is the GTX 1080 twice as faster than the current performance king the $1,000 GTX Titan X, but it’s also three-time as power efficient.
This is quite impressive since the card will cost 400$ less. Twice the performance and thrice the efficiency. All for almost half the price of a GTX Titan X. It’s also worth noting that its faster than two GTX 980 cards running in SLI. Which is quite amazing to be frank, since one GTX 980 costs around 600$.
Like the P100, the GTX 1080 is built with a new 16nm FinFET, a type of 3D transistor manufacturing process, which is the main reason for it being more power efficient, on top of just being faster. With an R&D budget of several billion dollars over two years, it’s no surprise how much a of a game changer the GTX 1080 is going to be for Nvidia. It’s quite safe to say that the GTX 1080 deserves the title as a gamer’s dream card.
At 600$, you can run new titles like The Division and Rise of the Tomb Raider at max settings with high-resolution and get over 60 frames per second. The most impressive thing about the GTX 1080, is that it achieves all of this on air-cooling, at 67 degrees Celsius.
Remarkable isn’t it? Just wait till someone pushes it beyond its limits with liquid and nitrogen cooling.
The GTX 1080 also offers more new technology, like the ” simultaneous multi-projection,” which helps games look more fluid on triple monitor setups or ultra-wide 21×9 screens. This also helps make the card more efficient at VR rendering.
As for the stats, the GTX 1080 boats 8GB of Micron’s new GDDR5X RAM and pumps out 9 teraflops of processing speed. The Nvidia GTX 1080 will be available for $599 on May 27, and you can also keep your eyes open for a special Nvidia designed “founders edition” for $699.