Almost every announcement regarding the existing iterations of the Nvidia GeForce GTX Series GPUs has been creating a lot of buzz and excitement among gamer nerds and content creators throughout the years, and the recent introduction by Nvidia isn’t an exception. Providing up to 3x the performance of previous-generation graphics cards, the just announced GeForce GTX 1080 is the first Nvidia video card on the market that is based on the company’s revolutionary Pascal architecture. The latter offers massive leaps in performance, memory bandwidth and power efficiency over its predecessor, the high-performance Maxwell architecture. The GPU also sports Displayport 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, DL-DVI connectors and can output maximum digital resolution of whopping 7680 x 4320 at 60Hz.
On top, the GeForce GTX 1080 comes with advanced 16nm FinFET chip, 2560 CUDA cores along with next generation 8GB GDDR5X graphics memory. This cutting-edge and blazing fast, High Bandwidth memory ensures performance won’t be bottlenecked by memory-related operations even by the most demanding applications. Specifically designed for gamers in mind, the GTX 1080 introduces more advanced features such as Ansel, Simultaneous Multi-Projection, VRWorks Audio, VR PhysX, and VR Touch.
For all VR enthusiasts, the GTX 1080 also offers highly advanced VR performance. Unlike Maxwell architecture, Pascal delivers 2x the VR performance of its predecessor by processing geometry for the left and right eyes simultaneously in a single pass. It’s simultaneous multi-projection technology also solves one of the largest problems with multi-monitor setups and corrects for distortions in VR.
Furthermore, the GeForce GTX 1080’s powerful hardware is surrounded by a redesigned vapor chamber and fan for cool and quiet operation. There is also a polygonal shroud and a backplate for the dissipation of heat from the rear of the graphics card. This premium design enables excellent overclocking and whisper-quiet operation, a trend that began with previous-generation NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs.
As if that were not enough, Nvidia also announced the budget GTX 1070 GPU. Unlike its sibling the flagship GTX 1080, GTX1070 will come with a standard GDDR5 memory and will be priced even more aggressively with a retail price of just $379. The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, on the other hand, will debut in a standard configuration as well as a Founder’s Edition and will be available on May 27 for $599 and $699 respectively.
Interestingly enough, both the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 will be faster than the company’s previous generation monster $1000 flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX Titan X. All in all, by offering unprecedented performance leap for a fraction of the cost the new GeForce GTX10 Series cards seem to be the most advanced graphics cards ever created. It’s only a matter of time to see what type of real-world performance these two beasts will provide once they hit the shelves in less than a month.
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