Nvidia’s $599 GTX 1080 is a Performance Beast, 2X Faster than Titan X With 2.1 GHz Overclock Speeds
Nvidia has unveiled their next-generation Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card for US$599 (~£450), which is $50 more than what the GTX 980 did cost at launch. Nvidia claims the GTX 1080 is significantly faster than its current flagships, with the card offering 2X the performance of the GTX Titan X–which retails for $1,000–in certain VR applications, and is three times energy efficient, as well.
This massive performance per watt improvement comes from the combination of a new Pascal architecture and a leaner TSMC 16nm finFET process technology. Additionally, the latest flagship makes use of the faster GDDR5X memory, delivering an impressive 10GB/s memory clock.
What’s more interesting is that the GTX 1080 is a direct response to AMD’s bold claims that its new Polaris based cards will offer VR-ready performance at a “mainstream” price point. The Pascal architecture designed by Nvidia allows the new GeForce card to offer 4K and VR content at improved FPS compared to current gen products.
In fact, both GeForce 1000 series graphics cards, including the GTX 1080 and its younger sibling GTX 1070, promise to deliver the most competitive graphics performance to gamers around the globe in the latest AAA titles like DOOM and Call of Duty.
Nvidia hasn’t revealed the full specifications for the GTX 1080 yet, but what we do know is that it will push around 9 TFLOPs of compute performance from a chip built around 7.2 billion transistors. For reference, the GM200 GPU-based Titan X houses 8 billion transistors and features 7 TFLOPs of performance.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 is based on the GP104 GPU (GP104-400-A1, to be exact) which features of 2560 CUDA cores, and 8 GB of GDDR5X memory across a 256-bit bus interface. The next-gen memory is clocked at speeds of 10 GB/s, leading to 320 GB/s bandwidth. The clock speeds are maintained at 1607 MHz base and 1733 MHz boost but the card was shown clocking in at 2.1 GHz on air cooling.
Nvidia has also finally updated its NVTTM cooler design which debuted with launch of the original GTX Titan back in 2013. The new cooler GPU, based on yesterday’s leak, is a metallic shroud with a striking angular, polygonal design that sports a single cooling fan in a blower design at the rear.
This new cooler will only feature on the “Founders Edition” GTX 1080 cards which will retail for $699. The GTX 1080 launches on May 27.
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