ASUS to Release GTX 1060, 1080 with GDDR5 Memory
Asus has announced two new GPUs to its lineup, each using GDDR5 memory rather than the standard GDDR4 found in other Nvidia cards. The Asus ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC and Geforce GTX 1060 OC should offer better data transfer and clock speeds than their regular counterparts thanks to the more advanced RAM they use. When exactly they’ll come out is unknown, but it’s expected to be some time within the next few months. Pricing is also unknown at time of writing.
This GeForce GTX 1080 OC is a real beast of a card, featuring three cooling fans as well as massive aluminum heatsink underneath. As such, it won’t fit into small builds and will need a full-sized case. Most similar GPUs feature a data transfer speed of 10Gbps, but thanks to the 8GB GDDR5 RAM the 1080 OC can hit as high as 11Gbps. Asus has been hesitant to share clock speeds with the media, but considering every other OC on the market right now is overclocked straight out the gate, it can be expected that the Taiwanese company will follow suit.
Just like its big brother, the clock speed of the GTX 1060 OC is currently unknown, but Asus has shared that the new graphics card should hit 9Gbps in stead of the standard 8Gbps thanks to 6GB of GDDR5. It is also slightly smaller than the ROG Strix GeForce GTX 1080 OC, with only two fans but a similar heatsink, which Asus claims could lower the temperature by 30 percent compared to other cards.
Either card seems like it will be a good addition to Asus’ already wide variety of GPUs, though it remains to be seen if the faster transfer speeds are the attraction the company obviously hopes it will be. As it is unclear when they’ll release, finding out will have to wait.
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