NVIDIA GTX 1080 and 1070 Announcement

NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, in front of a packed house in Austin, Texas, today took the stage to unveil the GeForce GTX 1080 based on the new Pascal GPU. We got to see the 1080 GPU overclocked to over 2GHz on air with the reference cooler making for a very impressive package. Now to see if the review cards hold up as well.

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NVIDIA's CEO Jen-Hsun Huang, in front of a packed house in Austin, Texas, today took the stage to unveil the GeForce GTX 1080, the first gaming GPU based on NVIDIA's highly anticipated Pascal architecture. Leading up to the actual announcement, Huang stated that several thousand people have been working on the GeForce GTX 1080 for more than two years and that this was the company's largest GPU endeavor to date with an R&D budget that was "several billion" dollars.

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The event covered four different announcements from NVIDIA including:

  • Ansel

  • NVIDIA VR Funhouse

  • Simultaneous Multi-Projection

  • The GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 video cards

Ansel is an easy to use game capture tool with built in free camera mode, a feature called super resolution, 360آ؛ capture and a bevy of post process filters. Ansel will be available in upcoming games such as Tom Clancy's The Division, The Witness, Lawbreakers, The Witcher 3, Fortnite and Unreal Tournament, Paragon, No Man's Sky, and Obduction via patch.

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NVIDIA VR Funhouse is a virtual reality experience that highlights the capabilities of the new GeForce GTX 1080 - GeForce GTX 1070 GPUs. This is the first virtual reality experience NVIDIA has created from the ground up, specifically to highlight what Pascal-based GPUs can do for VR. NVIDIA has baked technologies like NVIDIA Flow, NVIDIA HairWorks, PhysX for VR, NVIDIA FleX, NVIDIA VRWorks Audio, and VR SLI into VR Funhouse.

NVIDIA says the GeForce GTX 1080 has twice the VR graphics performance and is capable of simultaneous multi-projection capability that renders geometry for the left and right eyes simultaneously in a single pass natively as well as to the unique dimensions of VR displays. According to NVIDIA's CEO, Simultaneous Multi-Projection is designed to run up to sixteen display devices with the ability to form a surround viewport. What makes the Simultaneous Multi-Projection different is that, by taking advantage of Pascal's architecture, the video card is able to project one scene in sixteen different ways versus for a more efficient gain in geometry and bandwidth performance than rendering the same scene sixteen times so that you can reproject it in a different manner. You will also notice that, using Multi-Projection technology, you are able to "correct" the surround displays in a triple monitor display so that the distortion normally found in the outer panels is gone and the image now displays correctly.

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And finally, what we've all been waiting for, both the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 GPUs were also announced today, complete with pricing and release dates. First of all, let's take a look at the specs:

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Okay, this is where things get really interesting. NVIDIA's CEO just stood on a stage in front of a crowded room, and tens of thousands of viewers on the internet, and stated that the GeForce GTX 1080 is much faster than a Titan X and that the new Pascal based GPU is even faster than a pair of GTX 980s in SLI. Huang went on to say the GeForce GTX 1080 was capable of 9 TFLOPS, featured 8GB of Micron's GDDR5X and had a MSRP of just $599. The Founders Edition carries a price tag of $699. Huang wasn't done there, he then announced that the GeForce GTX 1070, a $379 video card, is faster than a Titan X, capable of 6.5TFLOPS with 8GB of GDDR5. This card also has a Founders Edition that retails for $449. Both cards should be available from such manufacturers as ASUS, Gigabyte, MSI, NVIDIA and more.

It was then revealed that the GeForce GTX 1080 that was running the demos on stage was actually clocked at an astounding 2114 MHz on air cooling and the temperature was running between 61آ؛C and 67آ؛C the entire time.

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Jen-Hsun Huang went on to say that Pascal is the world’s most advanced GPU architecture, designed on the 16nm FinFET process and features Micron’s new high-bandwidth GDDR5X memory, capable of GPU clock rates well in excess of 2100MHz while consuming just 180 watts of power making it 3x more power efficient than the Maxwell Architecture. NVIDIA also talked a lot about craftsmanship and the great lengths the company went to to make sure this is the most efficient card they have built to date. The graph below shows you just how much the 120mV peak-to-peak power delivery of the GeForce GTX 1080 differs from the 209mV of the GTX 980. As we all know, better efficiency theoretically allows for more overclocking headroom and, if what we saw here today is any indicator, these new Pascal based cards have the potential to be stellar overclockers.

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For those of you that actually missed the Twitch stream, you can watch the hour long video below and see the entire announcement.

For those of you that like things a little more hands on, we had staff on the floor of the event so we could get some eyecandy to share with those of you unable to attend the launch event. Feast your eyes on the GeForce GTX 1080:

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