NVIDIA revealed GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, in the recent event in Austin, the first gaming GPU based on the company’s new Pascal architecture that providing up to 2x more performance in virtual reality compared to the GeForce GTX TITAN X.1.
It is faster than its current performance king, the $1,000 Titan X, as well as three times as power efficient. That is particularly impressive since it is the successor to NVIDIA’s GTX 980, which retails for around $600.
The 1080 is also faster than 2 GTX 980 cards running together using SLI technology. Like the P100, it’s built with a new 16nm FinFET (a type of 3 dimension transistor) manufacturing process, which makes it more power efficient, on top of just being faster. It was running at 2.1 GHz and the memory was running at 5.5 GHz.
The 1080 pumps out 9 teraflops and packs in 8GB of Micron’s new GDDR5X RAM. The GTX 1080 also makes use of faster Micron GDDR5X memory, resulting in an impressive 10Gbps memory pipe. GDDR5X will allow NVIDIA to increase memory bandwidth while following more traditional GDDR5-style memory designs, rather than more composite designs like the HBM.
The more efficient Pascal architecture has allowed Nvidia to dramatically expand the clock speed of the GTX 1080 to 2144Mhz on air cooling. That is well over the 1075MHz speeds of the GTX Titan X and GTX 980 Ti. Alongside the new cooler, Nvidia claims that it has improved power delivery too (120mV peak-to-peak), allowing for more secure overclocking.
Pascal implement some new features that developers can tap for improved performance. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 will be available on May 27 for $699.