The other day, Nvidia unveiled their brand new Pascal line of GPUs: the GeForce GTX 1080 and the GeForce GTX 1070. And according to Nvidia, these cards are remarkably fast.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080
The leader of the bunch is the GeForce GTX 1080. This card is, in every single sense, a complete powerhouse. Shipping with 8 gigabytes of GDDR5 memory, 2560 CUDA cores, and a whopping core clock speed overclockable to 2144Mhz – all on air cooling – this card is going to blow the competition away. If Nvidia’s claims are substantial, we can expect the GTX 1080 to be nearly 30% faster than a Titan X. This enormous performance increase can be attributed to the Pascal line’s new 14-nanometer FinFET architecture. To put the performance leap into perspective, the GTX 1080 can perform 9 TeraFlops of computation, while the Titan X can only crunch 7 TeraFlops. This means that the GTX 1080 is more powerful than two GTX 980s. This is crazy, considering the price of two GTX 980s being an upwards of one grand. And with the Titan X being priced at $1000, both cards are about to take on a steep drop in value. Sorry Titan X and GTX 980 owners!
Also, the stock cooler hasn’t changed all that much from the design of the GTX 9xx series apart from a bit of styling. It does behave a bit differently however. The cooler features a standard vapor chamber cooling system, and it utilizes a blower-style fan to keep the card at safe temperatures. Complete with a full-cover backplate, this cooling system should work well with an SLI setup and with low-ventilation PC builds.
The specs are mighty impressive, but how much will it cost? An arm and a leg, right? Wrong! Nvidia has announced that the GTX 1080 will cost $600 when it launches on May 27th, 2016. Considering the 1080 is 30% faster than the Titan X, a card that costs nearly $1000, this is an absolute steal.
For a card that can output as much power as the GTX 1080, you’d expect either a liquid cooling solution or a card that gets VERY hot under full load. Surprisingly, tests determined that the card never rose above 63C using a stock cooler. This is very impressive, and shows how efficient the card is. Also, despite the massive core clock, you’d expect the power consumption to be high. Once again, however, efficiency is a key design principle, and the GTX 1080 only requires one 8-pin PCIe power connection.
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070
The little brother of the two is the GTX 1070, and it is anything but little. Priced at a measly $380, it is also set to outperform a Titan X. Also featuring 8GB of GDDR5 memory, this card is going to take the consumer market by storm. It is also noted that Nvidia has fixed the memory segmentation problem that effectively removed 0.5GB of VRAM from the card to run efficiently. This means that you will have access to all 8GB of memory. While only delivering 6.5 TeraFlops of performance, these cards are still an absolute steal at the price of $380, and they will be available for purchase on June 10th, 2016.