NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition Pre-Order at $699 Listed – ZOTAC Lists First Card, Custom Models Available at Launch

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted May 8, 2016
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NVIDIA launched their ultimate graphics card, the GeForce GTX 1080 today. The GeForce GTX 1080 is part of the GeForce 1000 series which marks the arrival of the first 16nm FinFET based graphics cards and the card can now be bought directly from NVIDIA and a select number of partners. NVIDIA’s partners will also ready custom cards which will be available from 27th May.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 are the most advanced GPU for gamers!

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition Listed For Pre-Order at $699 US – Review Go Live on 17th May

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 are the first gaming cards to feature the Pascal GPU. We have already covered the features in detail. The latest FinFET architecture dramatically improves performance and efficiency to the GeForce 1000 series cards. Key technologies which include the 16nm FinFET based Pascal chip, the GDDR5X memory components, superior build design and new gaming initiatives combine to make the GTX 1080 the most advanced graphics card ever to be designed by NVIDIA.

“It’s insane. The 1080 is insane, It’s almost irresponsible amounts of performance,” Huang, wearing a black leather jacket and huge grin, told the crowd of hundreds of gamers at Emo’s, one of music-mad Austin’s top entertainment venues. via NVIDIA

ZOTAC’s GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition pictured in detail.

GeForce GTX 1080 retail availability from the world’s leading add-in card suppliers, including ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY and Zotac, will begin at the end of May. Partner boards will vary by region, and pricing is expected to start at $599. If you want to try your hand at winning a GeForce GTX 1080, or even a custom gaming rig, test your puzzle-solving skills in our Order of 10 Challenge.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 has now been listed by NVIDIA’s AIB partner ZOTAC where it should soon be made available for users to purchase. Furthermore, OCUK has already made a page where they have listed down the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 for pre-order so expect them to go live really soon.

Our friends at Videocardz also pointed out that the reviews for the GeForce GTX 1080 would go live before the official launch on 27th May allowing users to analyze all metrics of the card before purchase. This indicates NVIDIA being confident about their upcoming release which is something good to see.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Pre-Order Page has gone live on OCUK.

Using the same air cooler, NVIDIA was able to overclock their GeForce GTX 1080 to 2.1 GHz. At these insane clocks, the cooler managed to keep the temperature stable at 67C which is insane knowing that this is a reference design. But users who are willing to purchase the non-reference, custom models will be able to do so on 27th May with powerful PCBs and beefy coolers (Air/Water/Hybrid). The non-reference coolers will start at pricing of $599 US.

“NVIDIA’s flagship GeForce GTX 1080 is the most advanced gaming GPU ever created, powered by the high-performance, energy-efficient new NVIDIA Pascal architecture. Pascal enables truly game-changing performance with captivating sights and sounds, as well as next-generation VR performance that offers the lowest latency and plug-and-play compatibility with leading headsets.” via ZOTAC

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Specifications at a Glance – FinFET, GDDR5X, Async Compute and 9 TFLOPs Compute

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 features the GP104 GPU (GP104-400-A1) core which comprises of 2560 CUDA cores. The chip houses 7.2 Billion transistors that is really close to the 8 Billion transistor GM200 GPU. The  key difference is that GM200 is a 601mm2 chip while the GP104 is a chip that spans less than 320mm2. but comes with vastly improved performance.

The clock speeds are maintained at 1607 MHz base and 1733 MHz boost but the FinFET architecture allows for extreme overclocking as demoed at the event. The chip is built to deliver 9 TFLOPs of compute horserpower. NVIDIA went with 8 GB of GDDR5X (next-gen) memory on the GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. The memory is featured across a 256-bit bus and clocked at 10 GB/s. This leads to a total bandwidth of 320 GB/s. Like the core, the memory also features great overclocking potential with clock speeds that can be pushed to around 11-12 GB/s.

NVIDIA Titan X vs. GTX 1080 Max OC Benchmarks

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 features a TDP of just 180W. The rated TDP is just 15W higher than the GeForce GTX 980 but at the same time, delivers performance better than dual 980s. Coupled with a very smooth power delivery system to avoid leakage, the chip is one of the most efficient GPU architecture ever designed for PC gamers. Power is fed through a single 8-Pin connector.

NVIDIA Pascal GP102 GTX Titan X Specifications:

Graphics Card NameNVIDIA GeForce GTX 980NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 TiNVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan XNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan (Pascal)
Graphics CoreGM204GM200GM200GP104GP104GP102
Process Node28nm28nm28nm16nm FinFET16nm FinFET16nm FinFET
Transistors5.2 Billion8 Billion8 Billion7.2 Billion7.2 Billion12.0 Billion
CUDA Cores2048 CUDA Cores2816 CUDA Cores3072 CUDA Cores1920 CUDA Cores2560 CUDA Cores3584 CUDA Cores
Base Clock1126 MHz1000 MHz1000 MHz1506 MHz1607 MHz1417 MHz
Boost Clock1216 MHz1075 MHz1075 MHz1683 MHz1733 MHz1531 MHz
FP32 Compute5.6 TFLOPs6.5 TFLOPs7.0 TFLOPs6.5 TFLOPs9.0 TFLOPs10.1 TFLOPs
VRAM4 GB GDDR56 GB GDDR512 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR58 GB GDDR5X12 GB GDDR5X
Bus Interface256-bit bus384-bit bus384-bit bus256-bit bus256-bit bus384-bit bus
Power Connector6+6 Pin Power8+6 Pin Power8+6 Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin PowerSingle 8-Pin Power8+6 Pin Power
TDP165W250W250W150W180W250W
Display Outputs3x Display Port
1x HDMI 2.0
1x DVI
3x Display Port
1x HDMI 2.0
1x DVI
3x Display Port
1x HDMI 2.0
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
3x Display Port 1.4
1x HDMI 2.0b
1x DVI
Launch DateSeptember 2014May 2015March 201510th June 201627th May 2016August 2016
Launch Price$549 US$649 US$999 US$379 US$599 US$1200 US
NVIDIA Unleashes GeForce GTX 10 Series For High-Performance Notebooks - GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070 and GTX 1060 Mobile Chips With Pascal

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Designed For HDR, VR and 4K Gaming – Support HDMI 2.0b and DP 1.4

The display out puts for the card include Display Port 1.4 (4K @ 120 Hz / 8K @ 60 Hz), HDMI 2.0b (4K @ 60 Hz) and DL-DVI which means that it is capable to support all next-gen displays with new standards. Along with new technologies implemented for gamers such as SMTP, multi-monitors gamers will be able to extract more image quality and better performance from their PCs.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 fully support HDR technologies which will be arriving in the latest iteration of display panels from various manufacturers.

A Beautiful New Cooler Design – Founders Edition Features Great Acoustics and Advanced Vapor Chamber Cooling

One of the key features of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition and the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition is that both cards are designed to look great. The founders edition features a beautifully crafted cooling shroud that is built with aluminum alloy. The craftsmanship extends beyond the shroud as the 1080 deploys an advanced vapor chamber to cool the graphics chip. Featuring a dense aluminum fin array, the heatsink allows a cool design that maintains low temperatures and huge room for overclocking.

NVIDIA has also designed a top-notch PCB for the GeForce GTX 1080 to match the looks of the card. This PCB features an array of high-quality components that deliver smooth current to the chip and memory for stable operation while gaming. The PCB also allows enthusiasts and overclockers to get the best clock frequencies out of the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 reference cards.

The Overclockers Dream – 2.1 GHz Core and 5.5 GHz Memory Clocks on Air Cooling

The NVIDIA GeForce 10 series cards are insane in design and performance. As demoed by NVIDIA, the GeForce 10 series cards are a dream come true for overclockers. Even with higher base and boost clocks, the GeForce 10 series cards have a ton of headroom for overclocks. A small demonstration with a high-quality character model revealed that the GeForce GTX 1080 was able to mange overclocked speeds of up to 2.11 GHz for the core and 5.5 GHz (11 GHz effective) clock speed for the GDDR5X memory. All of this was achieved at temperatures of 67 degrees Celsius and at stable 60 FPS.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Overclock

NVIDIA will be launching the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition on 27th May for $699 US while the GeForce GTX 1070 Founders Edition will be showing up on 10th June for $449 US. AIBs will also be producing reference designs similar to the Founders Edition (same cooler design) and custom models at the launch day for the cards with MSRPs set at $379 US for the GTX 1070 and $599 US for the GTX 1080. Stay tuned for more details!

Beauty shots of the GeForce GTX 1080 Courtesy of HardwareLuxx!

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