NVIDIA DROPPED THE BOMB THAT IS PASCAL
Nvidia recently revealed the much anticipated 16nm Pascal Architecture based GeForce GTX 1070, and GTX 1080 and boy they sure did made a great job with the unveiling at Texas complete with great guest accommodation and extra curricular activities to indulge yourself with. So, onto the news – the GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 are officially the latest graphic cards from Nvidia, with a $599 SRP for the GTX 1080 and $379 SRP for the GTX 1070.
This means that the speculated high end only approach of Nvidia isn’t exactly the case here with the GTX 1070 sitting tight at the midrange graphics bracket. Of course, the pricing are for Nvidia’s AIB partners – with the Founder’s Edition cards (Nvidia Designed Cooler) retailing at $699 and $449 respectively. I repeat, the pricing for the Founders Edition cards will be a lot heftier.
The GTX 1070 will be released by June 10, 2016 while the much more powerful GTX 1080 will be released earlier this May 27, 2016. Just in time for AIB partners to showcase their own graphics card models at COMPUTEX 2016. Performance wise, Nvidia is claiming a bold increase compared to the GTX Titan X – stating that the GTX 1080 can offer 9 TFLOPS of performance, while the GTX 1070 can push around 6.5 TFLOPS. For comparison purposes, the GTX Titan X can push around 7 TFLOPS of performance so that’s a pretty good leap from 28nm to 16nm statistically. If all we’re going to talk about is VR gaming, then the GTX 1080 got you covered over the Titan X and the older cards. Nvidia also released an official Pascal vs Maxwell gaming performance comparison with a few titles, and the GTX 1080 blasted the GTX 980 away – especially at the VR gaming department with more than twice the GTX 980’s performance. Again, the card is marketed towards VR gaming.
The specification of the cards are astonishing, especially the GTX 1080 with its 1733 MHz standard core clock speed – which is actually modest as the card can go up to 2144 MHz. That is on air, using the Founder’s Edition card with a maximum of 67C load temperature. the frame buffer is also a huge upgrade compared to the last generation – with a total of 8GB memory featuring the GDDR5X graphics memory with speeds up to 10 Gbps or at 2500 MHz. Huge difference right there compared to the Maxwell cards. For the full specifications, CHECK OUT THIS LINK. The GTX 1070 specifications are not yet out in the wild, but it is suggested to use the slower GDDR5 technology.
Together with a new cooler design, Nvidia also opted for a redesigned SLI bridge dubbed as the HB SLI. We wouldn’t go into detail on that one, but if you could see the power connector on the image below, then you’re in for a treat as both cards will require a single power connector – with the GTX 1080 sporting a single 8-pin connector. TDP is 180W.
The reveal of the Nvidia GTX 1080 and 1070 sure is enticing – especially for those who have waited for months. More info should come soon, and we might be in for a treat when the GTX 1070 has been fully revealed.