Details on NVIDIA's newest graphics cards the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070.
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NVIDIA just announced their latest graphics wonder cards and it's called the GeForce GTX 1080, along with it's slightly smaller brother, the GTX 1070. They're built on their new Pascal architecture and said to deliver twice the performance and three times the power efficiency when compared to their last gaming monster, the GeForce GTX Titan X. Considering the graphics powers that is the GTX Titan X, that's a seriously bold claim and amazing achievement.
The new Pascal architecture is said to offer massive leaps in performance, memory bandwidth, and power efficiency when compared to the older Maxwell architecture. Compared to the Titan X, power draw went from 250 watts to 180 watts while the price drops from around $1000 to around $600. With this level of power coming to us, clearly this is a good time to be a PC gamer.
This also means that NVIDIA is switching from the older 28nm processes to 16nm which also includes the introduction of FinFET or 3D transistors. These allow chips to become smaller, perform faster, and consume less energy and, in the case of the GTX 1080, allows them to pack 7.2 billion transistors onboard. The results is a GPU that can drive a 7680x4320 60Hz display. To you, that means that you'll likely be able to max out any currently released game with all settings maxed out.
As you would expect, this new card was built with VR in mind and it's probably going to be the standard by which all other VR experience will be judged. Of course, they didn't stop there. A "lesser" GTX 1070 card was also announced. Lesser is quite relative since this new 1070 will still be more powerful than the outgoing Titan X at a price point of $380.
On the memory front, the new video card will offer 8Gb of GDDRX5 memory with a 256-bit memory interface running at 10Gb/sec. the clock speed can run at over 1700 MHz.
Next up is Ansel which is NVIDIA's in-game photography and screen capture system that can capture 360 degree screenshots which can then be viewed on a VR headset. What's more incredible is that Ansel can output images that are up to 32 times screen resolution.
Outputs on the 1080 and 1070 include DisplayPort 1.42, HDMI 2.0b, and a DL-DVI so it should be ready to handle just about any type of monitor or VR goggle situation.
Want to buy an NVIDIA GTX 1080 or GTX 1070? You can as early as May 27th, 2016. If the regular versions ($600 and $380 respectively) aren't enough, you can order a "Founder's Edition" of each card for $100 more. These higher end editions feature chips that outperform the base spec and give more overclocking room which almost seems ridiculous when looking at the base specs.
Clearly, if you are looking for the best graphics card for your PC right now, the GeForce GTX 1080 is the one to get. On the other hand, it should be interesting to see what AMD will respond with. Did this massive leap in GPU performance catch AMD off guard? Or, are they going to reply with some just as good, or maybe even better? In either case, gamers win.
For more information checkout out the GeForce website.
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