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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Review Published Ahead of Launch – Fastest Single Chip Graphics Card On The Planet

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May 17, 2016
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The first NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 review has been published by PCPOP ahead of the NDA. The GeForce GTX 1080 review confirms that the graphics card is as of right now, the fastest single chip graphics card on the planet with performance well beyond the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and the Radeon R9 Fury X graphics cards. This insane improvement in performance per watt is achieved with the latest Pascal GP104 GPU which is built on the 16nm FinFET architecture which is detailed below.

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is the fastest single chip DirectX 12 graphics card with incredible efficiency! (Image Credits: ComputerShopper)

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The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is the next chapter of evolution in the GeForce family. Based on the Pascal GPU architecture, the GeForce 10 series cards deliver the fastest graphics performance on a single chip. These GPUs are extremely efficient and deliver better performance per watt compared to previous generation offerings.

The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 features the GP104-400-A1 GPU with 7.2 Billion transistors. The GPU comes with 2560 CUDA cores, 160 Texture Mapping Units and 64 Raster Operation Units. The card has clock speeds of 1604 MHz and 1733 MHz which deliver up to 9 TFLOPs of single precision compute performance and can boost to higher clock speeds with the new GPU Boost 3.0 algorithm.

NVIDIA GPU Boost 3.0 allows for per voltage point frequency offset which delivers maximum clock speeds per voltage point. This allows huge gains in clock speeds with stock configurations where the GPU can boost even beyond the reference boost clocks. The GPU can theoretically boost beyond 2 GHz frequency and can overclock in a similar way.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPUz screenshot reveals the full specifications of the graphics card.

NVIDIA features 8 GB of GDDR5X memory on their GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. The next generation GDDR memory runs at 10 GB/s effective speeds along a 256-bit bus. This delivers a total cumulative bandwidth of 320 GB/s. The card has a pixel fill rate of 102.8 GPixels/s and texture fill rate of 257.1 GTexels/s. The card has a 180W TDP which will be powered through a single 8-Pin connector. Display outputs include 3 Display Port 1.4a, HDMI 2.0b and a single DVI-D port. A more detailed look at the PCB can be seen here while full list of features can be seen here.

NVIDIA Pascal GP102 GTX Titan X Specifications:

Graphics Card Name NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan (Pascal)
Graphics Core GM204 GM200 GM200 GP104 GP104 GP102
Process Node 28nm 28nm 28nm 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET 16nm FinFET
Transistors 5.2 Billion 8 Billion 8 Billion 7.2 Billion 7.2 Billion 12.0 Billion
CUDA Cores 2048 CUDA Cores 2816 CUDA Cores 3072 CUDA Cores 1920 CUDA Cores 2560 CUDA Cores 3584 CUDA Cores
Base Clock 1126 MHz 1000 MHz 1000 MHz 1506 MHz 1607 MHz 1417 MHz
Boost Clock 1216 MHz 1075 MHz 1075 MHz 1683 MHz 1733 MHz 1531 MHz
FP32 Compute 5.6 TFLOPs 6.5 TFLOPs 7.0 TFLOPs 6.5 TFLOPs 9.0 TFLOPs 10.1 TFLOPs
VRAM 4 GB GDDR5 6 GB GDDR5 12 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5 8 GB GDDR5X 12 GB GDDR5X
Bus Interface 256-bit bus 384-bit bus 384-bit bus 256-bit bus 256-bit bus 384-bit bus
Power Connector 6+6 Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power Single 8-Pin Power 8+6 Pin Power
TDP 165W 250W 250W 150W 180W 250W
Display Outputs 3x 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 Date September 2014 May 2015 March 2015 10th June 2016 27th May 2016 August 2016
Launch Price $549 US $649 US $999 US $379 US $599 US $1200 US

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Gaming Benchmarks (DirectX12 and DirectX 11)

The performance benchmarks from the review can be seen below. The testing was done on a single GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition cards in a range of AAA titles. Settings were maxed out and are mentioned in the charts. All games were tested on 1440P and 4K resolutions which and compared against the GeForce GTX 980, GeForce GTX 980 Ti, GeForce GTX Titan X and Radeon R9 Fury X. While the GPU is an improvement in all ways possible, another thing to note is that the GeForce GTX 1080 comes with higher VRAM compared to 980 Ti and the Fury X which benefits a lot on higher resolutions.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Firestrike (Extreme/Ultra):

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Unigine Heaven:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080_Unigine Heaven 4.0

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ashes of The Singularity (4K/1440P):

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Fallout 4 (4K/1440P):

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GTA V (4K/1440P):

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Call of Duty Black Ops 3 (4K/1440P):

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Rise of The Tomb Raider (4K/1440P):

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Power Consumption:

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080_Power Consumption

You can check out our review roundup article which will be live in a few minutes for more detailed analysis. The GeForce GTX 1080 will be available for sale on 27th May for $599 US for custom and $699 US for Founders Edition models.

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