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Nvidia Ramps Up The Power With GeForce GTX 1080

Nvidia has taken the wraps off its latest gaming graphics card, the GeForce GTX 1080, the first GPU based on its Pascal architecture.

Powered by Pascal, Nvidia states its latest flagship GPU delivers up to two times the performance and three times the efficiency of the GeForce GTX Titan X, which is based on the Maxwell architecture.

nvidia1“Pascal offers massive leaps in performance, memory bandwidth and power efficiency over its predecessor, the high-performance Maxwell architecture,” Nvidia states.

“And it introduces groundbreaking graphics features and technologies that redefine the PC as the ultimate platform for playing AAA games and enjoying virtual reality.”

Nvidia states that it engineered Pascal “to handle the massive computing demands of technologies like VR”, with the GTX 1080 the first gaming GPU designed for the 16nm FinFET process, using smaller, faster transistors that can be packed together more densely, with 7.2 billion transistors delivering “a dramatic increase in performance and efficiency”.

Harnessing the power of 8 GB of Micron’s GDDR5X memory, Nvidia states that the 256-bit memory interface runs at 10 Gb/sec, helping to drive 1.7x higher effective memory bandwidth than that delivered by regular GDDR5.

The GTX 1080 runs at clock speeds over 1,700 MHz, consuming only 180 watts of power, with new asynchronous compute advances improving efficiency and gaming performance, and new GPU Boost 3 technology supporting advanced overclocking functionality.


“Our first Pascal gaming GPU, the GeForce GTX 1080, enables incredible realism in gaming and deeply immersive VR experiences, with dramatically improved performance and efficiency,” Jeff Fisher, Nvidia PC business senior vice president, commented.

“It’s the most powerful gaming GPU ever built, and some of our finest work.”

Nvidia has thus far released US pricing, with the GTX 1080 “Founders Edition” to be available on May 27 for US$699, while custom boards from partners will vary by region, with pricing expected to start at US$599.

Nvidia has also introduced its GeForce GTX 1070 “Founders Edition”, to be available on June 10 for US$449, with custom boards from partners expected to start at US$379.

Further information can be found here.

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