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NVIDIA Formally Unveils the GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 Video Cards

Category: Video Cards
Posted: 07:23PM

Earlier today, NVIDIA made mention of its Special Event on Twitch, where it had something to show us. Maybe a new video card, maybe a new game (Battlefield 5), or something else. Well, Battlefield 5 was shown off not too long ago as Battlefield 1 (try to make sense of that one, but maybe since it's set in World War 1?), so that just leaves one thing, right? Right. I guess it could still be something else, but no, NVIDIA has a new series of video cards: the GeForce GTX 10 Series, featuring the GTX 1080. It also has a new 3D in-game camera system called Ansel that can help provide even better looking screengrabs than ever before. Ansel is a free floating camera and offers a resolution far above what your monitor can display. It should make for some truly stunning shots, especially when you factor in the different visual effects and 360° range of motion. You can share these shots in VR, including on your Android phone and Google Cardboard.

An in-game camera is pretty sweet, but the main thing we're interested in are the new cards. The GTX 1080 runs on Pascal (GP104), the company's largest GPU endeavor yet, with several billion dollars worth of R&D. Pascal is NVIDIA's most efficient (120mV peak-to-peak compared to 209mV on the GTX 980) and sophisticated GPU yet, with it being the world's first 16nm FinFET GPU. It runs GDDR5X memory, like the rumors suggested, although it has a cool new name: G5X. The GTX 1080 is faster than two GTX 980s in SLI, even faster than a TITAN X, meaning NVIDIA is bringing us a ton of horsepower in this card without using an excessive amount of energy. Twice the performance of a TITAN X and three times the efficiency on the GTX 1080, all good things.

Epic Games' Tim Sweeney showed off Paragon running on the GTX 1080, with real-time rendering of the characters in this MOBA. It might be a MOBA, but it's certainly the best looking one so far. The GeForce GTX 1080 was running at 2.1GHz with a 67 °C temperature on air. That is just mind boggling impressive, both at the speed and the temperature on air. The 1080 should be one impressive overclocker, considering its core clock speed is 1607MHz, with boost at 1733Mhz. As for the numbers, well, the GTX 1080 has 8GB of G5X memory running at 10Gbps on a 256-bit bus, 9 Tflops of processing power, 2560 CUDA cores on the GP104 GPU, and a new vapor chamber cooler.

Some new monitor tech was shown off as well, with this simultaneous multi-projection system that uses 16 different view ports to create a 3D image. So instead of turning a 3D image into 2D, like on a monitor, it treats it more like how you actually view the world. Items on the edges of a surround display are no longer warped, but instead appear in proper detail like they do with your own eyes. No more weird bends in the floor or fish-eye effect on the world. Thanks to Pascal, it can make three separate passes at once to create the surround display on just one card. Oh, and without a drop in performance. This tech also works in VR, so it isn't limited to just a surround setup. The VR multi-projection is done in just one pass, something the GTX 1080 can do with ease.

NVIDIA is also modifying its VRWorks by adding in PhysX to it, so your haptic controller reflects this new world. Now you can feel the things going on instead of just seeing it in VR. Audio processing is getting a boost in VRWorks, too, with it computed in real-time to accurately reflect whatever environment you're in. If you're in a hallway, it sounds like a hallway, or a stadium sounding like a stadium. It's pretty neat, especially to help give VR even more of an immersive boost.

So, when does all of this come out? Well, Ansel and the VRWorks stuff is on its way soon, while the GeForce GTX 1080 isn't until May 27. It's going to set you back $599, but $699 gets you the Founders Edition card with some exclusive NVIDIA goodies, such as a fancier cooler design. Oh, and there's a GTX 1070 card (only 6.5 Tflops of power and 8GB of GDDR5, but the same GP104 core minus some CUDA cores) for $379 or $449 in the Founders Edition that hits on June 10. The 1070 is also faster than a TITAN X, and for a fraction of the cost, just like the 1080.

Source: Livestream, GeForce, and WCCFtech [1] & [2]

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ir_cow on May 07, 2016 05:16

From what I'm gathering the 1070 (Maxwell) is the GTX 980 Ti rebranded at $379 while the 1080 is a gimped Pascal chip. Not sure what the Founders Edition is other than a new cooler for $100. Hopefully like higher stock clocks or something.

bp9801 on May 07, 2016 05:27

From what I'm gathering the 1070 (Maxwell) is the GTX 980 Ti rebranded at $379 while the 1080 is a gimped Pascal chip. Not sure what the Founders Edition is other than a new cooler for $100. Hopefully like higher stock clocks or something.


The GTX 1070 uses the same GP104 core as the GTX 1080, just with a reduced CUDA core count and GDDR5 memory instead of GDDR5X.

ir_cow on May 07, 2016 05:46

I must have missed the part where it said Pascal for the 1070. I was thinking 6.5 Tflops is about the same as the 980 TI. Either way it makes the Titan X worthless value wise, Because besides 12GB of ram it has no benefits over the 1070.

bp9801 on May 07, 2016 06:36

Yeah, the Tflops between the 1070 and 980 Ti is similar. But that's about it, at least on paper.

WhenKittensATK on May 07, 2016 15:49

Looks like I'll be trading in my GTX 970 SLI in the coming months. Waiting for some actual game benchmarks between the GTX 1070 / 1080.

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