The wait is over! The new Pascal GPU, the GTX 1080, hits the market today and the NDA has been lifted on every content creator that had the chance to get a 1080 before launch. So have Nvidia’s claims been true? Let’s first get a physical tour of the GPU itself.
This is the newly redesigned shroud for the cooler that will be introduced with the new Pascal GPUs.
It has a cast aluminum body with some plastic parts near the cooler and, as you probably have already noticed, the thing has a bunch of triangles. The sporty design definitely raised controversies amongst enthusiasts but upon closer investigation is doesn’t really look that bad from someone who’s going to use it in a themed build’s standpoint. The out of the box backplate has made its return but with an improved design that allows a part of it to come off to allow for more airflow since this is still a blower style cooler. Talking about coolers, the design changes haven’t been purely aesthetics fortunately, since it comes equipped with an aggressive vapor chamber cooler that helped this card reach aggressive overclocks on air as high as 2114MHz while keeping the temps down to 67°C.
- Specs of the GTX 1080 :
– 7.2 Billion Transistors.
– 2560 CUDA Cores.
– 1607 MHz Base Clock / 1733 MHz Boost (Reported overclock up to 2114 MHz on air!).
– 20 Geometry Units.
– 160 TMUs.
– 20 SMs, 128 Cores each.
– 64 ROP Units.
– 8GB of GDDR5X (G5X as Nvidia likes to call it) on a 256bit Bus Memory Interface
– A whopping 180W TDP only!
– 16nm FinFET.
– $599 MSRP for the entry level cards and $699 for the Nvidia Founders Edition (Basically the reference card but they priced it a bit higher for a reason).
And here’s a comparison chart between the different GPUs of the last two years.
- The Nvidia’s Founder Edition card:
There has been some speculations about the nature of the so called “Nvidia Founder Edition” and what it meant. Long story’s short: The Founder’s Edition is the reference design, and why it’s called like that is because of the new move Nvidia decided to do because they would cease production on the reference design in previous generations and you’ll never find them new again. Nivdia figured out: This card should stay longer in the market and decided to charge a about $100 premium for it and it’s totally fine hence the various improvements they made
- New features:
We also saw the great attention to VR in the features added to the new GPUs from ASync features to new geometry logic and really really amazing things and it has really showed how much Nvidia cares about VR gaming
- ANSEL :
ANSEL is a new proprietary software Nvidia showed on stage, and it’s glorious! For all you in-game artists that like to shoot screenshots but been held back by the limitations of the software, rejoice! ANSEL has boat load of features such as super resolution which can multiply the screenshots resolution by 32 times! And since it’s Nvidia’s software, they’ve integrated it into a unit that can give you control over the camera in-game (Even the game doesn’t support it) and move wherever you watn and render whatever you want.
The new Pascal lineup has brought a LOT of new things and this is not all of it. So I recommend taking a look at these videos and checking out Nvidia’s own reveal stream to get more insight on what’s new .
- Fast Sync :
Nvidia introduce a GPU/display feature called “Fast Sync.” It’s a complementary feature to G-Sync technology, but it does not require a G-Sync monitor. With Fast Sync you will be into play at the higher end of the performance spectrum, when your GPU is able to render frames faster than your monitor’s refresh rate. Enabling Fast Sync here, should allow you to get near the low latency of having V-Sync disabled, but without screen-tearing effects.
- GPU Boost 3.0 :
Nvidia also introduces is GPU Boost 3.0, which makes you able to to adjust the per-voltage point frequency offset. This will be great specially when you want to match the card’s frequency against its voltage more closely. This is very exciting for those who are into the GPU overclocking.
- Now Let’s See Some Benchmarks :
1080P Benchmarks :
1080p Conclusion :
The GTX 1080 isn’t faster than two GTX 980s in SLI in 1080p because the resolution is too low for the new Nvidia beast with it’s 8GB of GDDR5X .
I suggest that you should not get the GTX 1080 if you plan to use a 1080p monitor. Unless the monitor is 144Hz or 165Hz . Trust me it will be an overkill.
1440p Conclusion :
the GTX 1080 will make you able to handle pretty much all the games max out in 1440p .
4K Conclusion :
The GTX 1080 will be able to handle most games maxed out at 4K with above 30 average FPS
Clearly, the GeForce GTX 1080 is a 4K-capable card but it is obvious that we need another card to make the 60fps magic happens in 4k.
VR Conclusion :