NVIDIA Unveiling Pascal GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Graphics Cards at Special Livestream Event – Cooler Shrouds Confirmed

Hassan Mujtaba
Posted May 5, 2016
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NVIDIA has officially confirmed a special event to be held tomorrow where they unveil their next generation GeForce graphics cards. The special event will be put focus on consumer grade Pascal products that will be aimed at gamers and enthusiasts to drive upcoming AAA block buster titles. The new cards will power next generation of games build upon DirectX 12 and Vulkan API while providing the best experiences in Virtual Reality experiences.

NVIDIA teases the latest GeForce Pascal coolers design for the cards that will be unveiled tomorrow!

NVIDIA To Unveil Pascal GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Graphics Cards Tomorrow – Event To Be Livestreamed To Public

The special event comes a few days after a teaser campaign called “Order of 10” was initiated. References to several codenames related to NVIDIA were found on the teaser page by the guys over at GamerNexus and after solving a few puzzles, the page led us to a countdown timer which ends on May 6th. The timer ends tomorrow but NVIDIA has now officially confirmed that they are planning to unveil something big related to their GeForce GTX lineup.

We have known it for sometime that NVIDIA planned a private event for editors for May 6th but NVIDIA must have planned to make the event public since the details were already leaked out. Also it makes more sense to showcase their latest GeForce cards to the public now as this would mark a grand unveil of their latest Pascal architecture based GeForce products which include the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070. The event will be live streamed tomorrow on Twitch at 6 PM PST.

NVIDIA GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 Coolers Officially Confirmed – The Most Aggressive Design Scheme For NVTTM Made To Date

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NVIDIA has updated their GeForce page to mark the unveiling of GeForce Pascal cards!

What’s more interesting about this event is that it officially confirms the new cooler design which we reported months back. We can also confirm the naming scheme of both the cards which will be known as GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 since these codenames were engraved on the shrouds when they initially leaked. We have since seen a few revision but more or less these are confirmed.

The cooler design of the NVIDIA’s NVTTM solution has gotten more aggressive with the Pascal GeForce cards and we can’t wait to see how the whole thing shapes up when the cards are revealed tomorrow. It’s definitely getting heated up as Pascal event draws near so let’s take a recap of the specifications which we currently know.

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Since this unveiling is all about NVIDIA’s next-generation Pascal based graphics cards, we want to let you know that even if NVIDIA didn’t initiate this campaign, it was confirmed that NVIDIA had two cards ready for launch for June 2016. These cards include their GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 products which will be based on the latest GP104 GPU core that utilizes the 16nm FinFET process to deliver a huge increase in total transistor density that leads to improved performance on smaller die packages.

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 With 8 GB GDDR5X Memory

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 will be the fastest Pascal card launching this year. The card was leakedlast week and we have since seen several revisions of the GTX 1080 graphics board. The most detailed was the PCB shot which we exclusively shared with our audience last week, unveiling the GDDR5X memory on board a completely custom PCB.

The NVIDIA GP104-400-A1 GPU is designed for the GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 will feature 8 GB of GDDR5X memory which is said to be clocked at speeds of 10 GB/s leading to 320 GB/s bandwidth. The GPU will house close to 8 Billion transistors with a rumored 2560 core count. The card will feature a 256-bit memory bus and architectural improvements in the Pascal core will lead to faster performance in DirectX 12 and compute oriented loads. The NVIDIA GP104 GPU is much smaller than the GM204 GPU in size but it will enhance the already great performance per watt nature of the Maxwell cores.

There is no word on the pricing yet but I personally think it will be close to the price range of GTX 980 around the $549-$599 range. NVIDIA’s rival, AMD seems to have no competition against the GTX 1080 in this range since they will be aiming for lower price markets where the GTX 1070 comes in action.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 With 8 GB GDDR5 Memory

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 is the second card which has been leaked in the past. Based on the same GP104 core as the GTX 1080, the card will feature a slightly cut down design. We don’t exactly know how many SMPs will be disabled from this product but it will mostly retain the competitive nature against AMD’s Polaris based cards. Instead of using GDDR5X, NVIDIA will feature 8 GB GDDR5 memory to deliver a more cost effective card which will still be clocked at speeds of 8 GB/s across a 256-bit bus leading to 256 GB/s bandwidth.

The NVIDIA GP104-200-A1 GPU is designed for the GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card.

The successor to the GeForce GTX 970 will enhance upon its predecessor, once again aiming for the crown of the most used graphics card of 2015. The GTX 970 has a large install base so if NVIDIA offers competitive price on the GTX 1070 which they did with the GTX 970 ($329) while offering great performance, it could once again be a winner for team green.

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Our friends over at Videocardz also got the first benchmarks of the GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card revealing its performance in 3DMark 11 and 3DMark Firestrike Extreme. We have heard from our sources and can also be seen in the benchmarks that the GP104 based GPUs can be clocked to insane frequencies. In the benchmarks, the clocks can go as high as 1860 MHz but we have heard Pascal’s 16nm FinFET design and extreme efficiency allows for even more clock speed which will be harnessed through overclocking. We also note that the card has 8 GB of GDDR5X VRAM clocked at 10000 MHz (10 GHz) which suggests a bandwidth of 320 GB/s when running across a 256-bit bus.

First benchmarks of the GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card (Image Credits: VIdeocardz)

Tomorrow will be a great day for PC gamers and enthusiasts. The master race would not only recieve the first preview of the latest Battlefield title from DICE but also get to see the unveiling of the first FinFET graphics cards from NVIDIA. The weeks ahead will be very interesting with NVIDIA’s Pascal and AMD’s Polaris shipping to gamers and enthusiasts across the globe.

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

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