Offering as much as twice the performance of Nvidia’s current flagship graphics card, the GeForce GTX 1080 is set to push the limits of gaming.
Unveiled at Nvidia’s DreamHack digital festival in Austin, Texas, the GeForce GTX 1080 delivers twice the performance and thrice the efficiency of the current headlining TITAN X.
The successor to the TITAN X is the first to be built on Nvidia’s Pascal architecture, a platform catered to next-generation displays and virtual reality performance. This means that the card will allow users to max out resolution settings for even the most demanding of games, and operate flawlessly even when projecting on multiple screens.
“Several thousand people have been working on this project now for more than two years. This is the largest GPU endeavor, the largest chip processor endeavor, in the history of humanity. The R&D budget was several billion dollars,” said Jen-Hsun Huang, Nvidia CEO.
To see just how well the GTX 1080 would perform in real life, the developers tested it on Doom, one of the most graphic-intensive games ever released in the market. The GTX 1080 not only ran smoothly, with impressive frame rates exceeding the 100 frames per second mark, but also rendered objects and monsters in ultra-realistic detail:
During this demo at DreamHack, the GTX 1080 ran at 67 degrees Celsius, a relatively safe temperature that won’t damage the card. This was purely based on air cooling, so when third party manufacturers come up with their aftermarket coolers built in, temperatures are expected to be both lower and safer.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 will be available from May 27th onwards, at a price of US$700. A scaled down version, the GTX 1070, will be available from June 10th at US$450.
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