Nvidia just announced the GTX1080 and it’s absolutely mind blowing!

Nvidia just announced the release of the GeForce GTX 1080 – the most powerful gaming graphics card ever created. Based on the company’s latest pascal architecture, the GTX 1080 has twice the power and 3x the efficiency as the GTX TITAN X.

According to Nvidia, the GTX1080 out performs two GTX980s in SLI and offer 9 TFLOPS of performance. The card also features Microns state-of-the-art GDDR5X memory, which operates at 5508 MHZ – 10gbps effective. At the heart of the card is a 16NM FF chip, which helps produce all the horsepower needed to run the beast. The card boasts a maximum resolution of 7680×4320 @ 60Hz and supports all of Nvidia’s game enhancement technologies such as G-SYNC, GameStream and Ansel.

Nvidia - The Marvels of Pascal

Nvidia – The Marvels of Pascal

Jen-Hsun Huang, CEO and Co-Founder of Nvidia, demonstrated an array of ground breaking technologies during their keynote presentation. These included an in-game photography program called Ansel, a new virtual reality audio engine called VRWORKS audio and a new way of playing multiple monitor gaming, with viewing correction.

Whilst all of these new technologies were received with great applause, nothing matched the announcement of the GTX1080.  Using less power than it’s predecessor, the GTX980, and outperforming the mighty Titan X; tech-enthusiasts were astounded by the giant leap in overall performance.

Nvidia GTX1080 performance and efficiency chart

Nvidia GTX1080 performance and efficiency chart.

The true power of the GTX1080 is seen during Nvidia’s Special Event, which saw the card render characters from Epic Games’s upcoming game, Paragon, in real-time with near-perfect detail. Nvidia’s new Pascal architecture is labelled as the best in the world and is going to change the way gamer’s experience games on monitors and VR.

What does the GTX1080 mean for gamers?

With over 9TFLOPS of power and 10Gb/s memory bandwidth speeds, processing and transferring data has never been quicker. For those who are quick to jump on the VR scene, the GTX1080 offers a new processing technology called ‘Single Pass Stereo’.  This allows users to experience truly stutter-free VR experiences at a consistent 90fps.

VR requires stereo rendering and thus makes it expensive to render tessellation and the different geometries in a scene twice. Nvidia’s new technology shortens the whole process by half, by rendering the scene once and then offsetting the X-axis to provide correct perspectives for each eye. The results are impressive as seen in the demo video below.

VR is not the only platform to receive a substantial upgrade. For those who use multi-monitors, Nvidia has a special treat in store for you.  Currently when games are played across three monitors, the side monitors usually display uncorrected scenes. The rendered scenes lack perspective and show little depth correction. Huang demoed a new system they have created to correct the, as he described ‘wicky-wonky’ texture rendering, when stretched across multi monitors. The video below shows exactly how beneficial this technology will become, especially when playing games which require the need to explore the surrounding environments.

Even though the GTX1080 is the most powerful graphics card Nvidia has ever made, it has a very reasonable price tag. In fact some have gone as far to say that it’s an absolute bargain. With a suggested retail price of $599 (£450) for the basic model and $699 for the founder edition, many super excited for the release date.

For those budget gamers, Nvidia is releasing the GTX1070 which still outperforms the TITAN X. Full specifications have not been released for this card yet, however it does have a price tag of $380 (£270) which is an absolute bargain.

Release Date: 27th May 2016

Release date for GTX1070: 10th June 2016

 

 

Saad Bhatty

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