And finally, the moment we all have been waiting for so patiently! NVIDIA revealed two brand new graphics cards which are based on the company’s new Pascal architecture. The new technology takes the game to a whole new level while opening new horizons for high-performance gaming. The new GeForce GTX 1080 will allow gamers to play 4K and VR content at improved FPS compared to current or previous generation graphics cards.
The new architecture allowed Nvidia to increase the clock speed of the GTX 1080 all the way to 2144MHz when combined with air-cooling. The older GTX Titan X and GTX 980 Ti were both clocked at 1075MHz. That’s a huge improvement. And you haven’t heard the best part yet. It is believed that the card’s temperature is only 67 degrees under heavy load and pressure. This means that there’s plenty of space for over-clocking.
Five Marvels of Pascal:
NVIDIA engineered the Pascal architecture to handle the massive computing demands of technologies like VR. It incorporates five transformational technologies:
- Next-Gen GPU Architecture. Pascal is optimized for performance per watt. The GTX 1080 is 3x more power efficient than the Maxwell Architecture.
- 16nm FinFET Process. The GTX 1080 is the first gaming GPUs designed for the 16nm FinFET process, which uses smaller, faster transistors that can be packed together more densely. Its 7.2 billion transistors deliver a dramatic increase in performance and efficiency.
- Advanced Memory. Pascal-based GPUs are the first to harness the power of 8GB of Micron’s GDDR5X memory. The 256-bit memory interface runs at 10Gb/sec., helping to drive 1.7x higher effective memory bandwidth than that delivered by regular GDDR5.
- Superb Craftsmanship. Increases in bandwidth and power efficiency allow the GTX 1080 to run at clock speeds never before possible — over 1700 MHz — while consuming only 180 watts of power. New asynchronous compute advances improve efficiency and gaming performance. And new GPU Boost™ 3 technology supports advanced overclocking functionality.
- Groundbreaking Gaming Technology. NVIDIA is changing the face of gaming from development to play to sharing. New NVIDIA VRWorks™ software features let game developers bring unprecedented immersiveness to gaming environments. NVIDIA’s Ansel™ technology lets gamers share their gaming experiences and explore gaming worlds in new ways.
Jeff Fisher, senior vice president of NVIDIA’s PC business claimed:
“The PC is the world’s favorite gaming platform, and our new Pascal GPU architecture will take it to new heights. 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. It’s the most powerful gaming GPU ever built, and some of our finest work.”
Launching and Pricing:
Nvidia GTX 1080:
Launch date: May 27, 2016
Price: 599 USD
Nvidia GTX 1070:
Launch date: June 10, 2016
Price: 379 USD