nVidia GeForce GTX 1080

nVidia has launched the GeForce GTX 1080 and it’s big news for lots of good reasons. How many good reasons? How about 2560 Cuda cores, 1733MHz boost clock and 10Gbps memory speed?!

Oh, and throw this in there too: Maximum digital resolution: 7680 x 4320 @ 60Hz. In fact, nVidia themselves suggest that the “GeForce GTX 1080 is best suited for resolutions up to and including 3840×2160.”

Fantastic! But how fast is it really?

Fastest graphics card in the world

nVidia claims it has better performance than two GTX 980s in SLI!

That’s awesome! Or as nVidia’s CEO Jen-Hsun Huang puts it, “It’s insane. The 1080 is insane. It’s almost irresponsible amounts of performance.”


Looks a bit like the brilliant GTX Titan-6GD5, doesn’t it? But it’s faster. Faster even than the Titan X. In fact, it is twice as fast as the Titan X! It’s also faster than the GeForce GTX 980 Ti. A highly-tweaked manual max boost on the GTX 980 Ti could boast out an impressive 1518MHz.The GTX 1080 has a base clock of 1607MHz. Boost clock is 1733MHz.

Right now the nVidia GeForce GTX 1080 is the fastest graphics card in the world out of the box.

Oh yes, we know: you can’t wait to lay your expert tweak fingers on it!

Fantastic graphics

The GTX 1080 is built on the new Pascal P100 architecture, which nVidia calls “the most advanced data center accelerator ever… with more than 21 TeraFLOPS of FP16 performance.”

Of course, the 8GB GDDRX helps a lot too. That’s GDDR plus the X, which doubles the prefetch of the standard 32 bit wide memory access, supporting 64 bit wide memory access. That is doubling the memory bandwidth, meaning better rendering… which means better gaming.

The GTX 1080 is built with new 16nm FinFET 3D technology. Expect better-than-ever 3D graphics. Think Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

This video by Huang will give you the idea. He shows off The Division, Rise of the Tomb Raider, and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst running maxed out at 60Hz on the GTX 1080.

nVidia GeForce GTX 1080 specifications

Cuda cores: 2560
Base clock: 1607MHz
Boost clock: 1733MHz
Memory speed: 10Gbps
Memory: 8GB GDDR5X
Memory interface width: 256-bit
Memory bandwidth: 320GB/sec
Maximum digital resolution: 7680 x 4320 @ 60Hz
Display connectors: DP 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, DL-DVI
Power: 180W
Recommended system power: 500W
VR, G-Sync, GameStream, SLI, Vulcan API Ready
DirectX 12 API with feature level 12_1
OpenGL 4.5
Bus support PCIe 3.0
Maximum GPU temperature 94 degree Celsius
Height 111.15 mm (4.376″)
Length 266.7 mm (10.5″)
Width 2-slot
OS supported: Windows 7-10, Linux, FreeBSDx86
Official site: nVidia GeForce GTX 1080

I want it and I want it now!

Sure you do. So do we here at Essential IT Solutions. But we’ll have to be patient for just a little while as we are awaiting for it’s arrival in South Africa.

How much? A surprisingly low (for this type of performance) R14 689. Unfortunately we don’t know yet. But And please do keep an eye feast your eyes on the nVidia section of Graphics Card category.

Date: 11 May 2016