After several rumors and hints, NVIDIA has finally announced it’s next-generation GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card. NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang revealed that this new graphic card is faster than its current Titan X and also faster than two GTX 980 cards running together using SLI technology, as well as three times as power efficient.
Like the P100, The GTX 1080 is based on the FinFET (a type of 3D transistor) architecture that provides huge increase in transistor density and massive performance per watt improvements (NVIDIA’s FinFET architecture allows significant increase in clock frequency increase), additionally it is more power efficient.
GTX 1080 is the “largest GPU endeavor, largest chip endeavor, largest processor endeavor, in the history of humanity,” said NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang. He also explained further that the R&D budget for the GTX 1080 took over 2 years of development and “several billion dollars” to design, “I’m pretty sure you can go to Mars [for that],” he said.
NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 features the latest Pascal architecture, will enable gamers to play 4K and VR content at improved FPS compared to current generation graphics cards and is Designed For DirectX 12 and VR Gaming. The 1080 also offers “simultaneous multi-projection,” with this new technology games will look less distorted for triple monitor setups or ultra-wide 21×9 screens, Huang says the 1080 is twice as fast as the Titan X when using the multi-projection feature to render VR.
It is the first graphic card to feature 2.1 GHz clock speed on air cooling and came packed with the GP104 GPU (GP104-400-A1) core which comprises of 2560 CUDA cores. Although the actual clock speeds are maintained at 1607 MHz base and 1733 MHz boost, FinFET architecture allows for extreme overclocking. It packs an 8GB of Micron’s new GDDR5X RAM (next-gen) memory featured across a 256-bit bus and clocked at 10 GB/s. Here are more of the GTX 1080 specification;
- 16nm FinFET GPU
- 7.2B transistors
- 2560 cores
- 8GB G5X memory
- 10GBPS Quad Data Rate
- DP1.4 HDR 4K@120Hz
- HDMI 2.0B 4K@60Hz
- Vapor Chamber Cooling
- 2GHz+ OC capability with air cooling
Even though Nvidia’s big launch had been leaked (quit embarrassing), no one expected that the GTX 1080 will feature the kind of horsepower displayed. As Jen-Hsun Huang spoke about how far games have gone during the launch, he showed demos of Rise of Tom Raider, Tom Clancy’s: The Division and Mirror’s Edge Catalyst. He explained that each of the demos were running smoothly at 60 FPS at maximum settings on the GTX 1080, a GPU Nvidia referred to as “The New King”. The GTX 1080 is one of the most efficient GPU architecture designed for gamers. It will be available for $599 on May 27, also the company will be releasing a special Founder’s Edition, this will feature a special design and also advanced overclocking capabilities and will go for $699. During the event Huang announced another GPU, the GTX 1070, although a less powerful GPU compared to the 1080, Huang promised that it will feature better performance compared to the Titan X, it features 8GB of G5 memory, 6.5 TFLOPS and goes for $379. Just like the 1080 it will also have a Founder’s Edition which will retail for $449, they will launch on June.
NVIDIA Corporation is as an American technology company based in Santa Clara, California. Nvidia designs graphics processing units (GPUs) for the gaming market, as well as system on a chip units (SOCs) for the mobile computing and automotive market. Nvidia’s primary GPU product line, labeled “GeForce”, is in direct competition with Advanced Micro Devices’ (AMD) “Radeon” products.
Nvidia was co-founded by 3 individuals in 1993, Jen-Hsun Huang (CEO as of 2013), a Taiwanese-born American, previously Director of CoreWare at LSI Logic and a microprocessor designer at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), Chris Malachowsky, an electrical engineer who worked at Sun Microsystems, Curtis Priem, previously a senior staff engineer and graphics chip designer at Sun Microsystems.