Nvidia reveals the Geforce GTX 1080 and 1070 cards for gamers and VR enthusiasts
No, that’s not a spaceship. That is a graphic card. Yes those thin chips that used to slot into their respective slots on the motherboard of your computer. How far have we come? Technology is now growing at such a rapid pace that we have such exquisitely designed pieces of tech brilliance inside our computers. We have tubes running fluorescent coolant going in to cool these overclock-able monsters. That’s kinda like pumping venom into Bane, the Batman villain. Sounds cool? No? Okay…
Gamers and Virtual Reality enthusiasts, REJOICE!
Literally, get out of your chairs and do a dance. With this card you will be able to enjoy all your favorite virtual reality games and 3D movies in all their smooth, ultra high definition glory. This is an awesome piece of tech. Nvidia claims that the GTX 1080 priced at a rather affordable $699 (for its category) will outdo TWO of its predecessors, the GTX 980, running together, in terms of pure performance.
What this means is that the GTX 1080 is the most advanced gaming graphics card ever created. The CEO of Nvidia, Jen-Hsun Huang, said they invested billions of dollars in R&D to develop and build Pascal. That resulted in unprecedented levels of power efficiency with “irresponsible amounts of performance”. What’s more, he promised both cards are overclockable!
Some of the key features of the Nvidia Geforce GTX 1080 are as follows:
- GeForce GTX 10-series graphics cards are powered by Pascal to deliver up to 3x the performance of previous-generation graphics cards.
- Innovative new gaming technologies and breakthrough VR experiences.
- They are meticulously crafted to offer superior heat dissipation using vapor chamber cooling technology and premium materials.
- GPU Architecture: Pascal.
- Frame Buffer: 8 GB GDDR5X.
- Memory Type-Speed: 10 Gbps.
- Boost Clock:
- Relative – 1.4x
- Actual – 1733 Mhz
Geforce GTX 1070
Its little brother, the Geforce GTX 1070 will also give amazing performance at a competitive price point. It should cost around $400 (official figure from Nvidia being $349).
What’s more, on top of all this, Nvidia were able to boost the clock speeds of the GTX 1080 to a whopping 2144 Mhz on air cooling. That is almost double of the Titan X. It also ran surprisingly cool hovering around 65 degrees celsius in their demo. And that means overclocking shouldn’t be a problem! The chip is housed in a metallic cradle sporting an advanced cooler configuration, which will be called the “Founders Edition”. It can be bought straight from the official Nvidia website. Partner GPU makers like ASUS, MSI, Gigabyte and EVGA should come up with their own innovative cooler solutions, which should be an interesting space to watch. *Update: See below*
All in all, I just can’t wait. We hope to have these in our gaming rigs by the end of 2016 to set up a sweet racing simulation/VR gamestation. Below is a sneak peek of some of the awesome VR games on the horizon!
Below are the GTX 1080 cards from some of the prominent third-party partner GPU makers:
ASUS ROG Strix GTX 1080:
Gigabyte G1 Gaming Geforce GTX 1080
MSI GamingX Geforce GTX 1080