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The NVIDIA GTX 1080 boasts 'irresponsible amounts of performance'

At a special event in Austin, Texas, NVIDIA has unveiled its latest high-end GPU, the GTX 1080. And it carries "irresponsible amounts of performance." As illustrated on stage by CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, the GTX 1080 and its Pascal architecture boasts more power than a Titan X, while consuming a fraction of the power.

Pascal has been several years and several billion dollars in the making and is the most advanced architecture that NVIDIA has ever produced. The new card also boasts brand new, "G5X" memory, which offers a significant increase in performance over GDDR5. The 1080 is described as more powerful than a pair of GTX 980 cards in SLI, and around 25% up on last year's GTX 980 Ti.

Pretty serious stuff.

Perhaps as amazing as all the power is the 180W TDP of the GTX 1080. It was also shown to be running during an on stage demo with a 2114MHz GPU clock, 5508MHz memory clock on air cooling and all at just 67 degrees celsius in temperature. So we're getting a triple threat of power, power efficiency and being as cool as a cucumber. You can check out the full specs of the GTX 1080 right here

There's also a new SLI bridge to go with the 1080, if you're going to be using more than one for even more ridiculous power:

"NVIDIA's new SLI HB bridge doubles the available transfer bandwidth compared to the NVIDIA Maxwell™ architecture. Delivering silky-smooth gameplay, it's the best way to experience surround gaming—and it's only compatible with the GeForce GTX 1080."

The GTX 1080 will be available for an MSRP of $599, with an NVIDIA Founders Edition available for $699. It'll be available around the world starting on May 27.

If you're looking for something a little cheaper, there will also be the GTX 1070 launching June 10. It, too, is more powerful than a Titan X, has 6.5 TFLOPS and 8GB GDDR5 and it'll have an MSRP of just $379. NVIDIA will have a Founders Edition of this for purchase, too, at $449.

So not only did NVIDIA just wow everyone with the raw power of the new Pascal cards, the price is pretty crazy too. Especially considering the performance over the current generation cards. Have a look at our best graphics card picks to see how it compares.

Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

121 Comments
  • Oh my Windows Central app
  • >>passes out< I approve this message.
  • Drool
  • Too pricy I think.
  • Price is great so long as the performance is as advertised.
  • Relatively not that pricey but it's still pretty darn expensive..
  • I'd go with the 1070, that's still plenty powerful.
  • That's what I was thinking
  • Too pricey? It's more powerful than a Titan X at half the price. What more do you expect?
  • Unicorns
  • It's cheap for what it is! Titan feels like a brick of gold now when comparing the launch prices.
  • I would say the pricing is more suprising than the speed gains
  • WTF?! What planet are you on? I can't believe WinCentral has posted the correct prices! #Windows10Mobile L735
  • Now, show me a mobile version in next XPS revision...I shall not pass ;)
  • Maybe NVIDIA and ms will have a surprise in spring 2017 Maybe she's born with it, maybe it's Lumia 950xl
  • no... the surprise is, that this graphic card will be in the surface phone...
  • No no, they will put a screen on top of the gtx 1080 and a backpack battery. :D
  • Holy crap glad I didn't buy the 980ti last month. If AMD releases anything close to these this GPU generation is going to be epic.
  • If those power consumption specs scale down to mobile SKUs, and AMD doesn't release anything close to these, they are probably done for no matter how cheap they go.
  • I won't argue with you there AMD has to succeed with both Polaris and Zen. I typically only buy EVGA cards (their customer service has always been exceptional for me) but for the sake of competition both performance and pricing I'm rooting for them
  • if AMD fails, nVidia will invest in them or give them some of their tech, because they don't want to have a monopoly. Just as MS did with apple back in the days
  • Microsoft needs to buy AMD. They will be the perfect match to make AMD competitive again with their deep pockets.
  • That would give Microsoft the makings of a true monopoly.
  • "Monopoly" You use that word but I don't think it means what you think it means. How is Microsoft buying AMD a Monopoly? Intel already has a monopoly on the CPU market and they are getting beat badly in the GPU market. Unless they literally forbid Intel and NVIDIA to make CPU/GPU's for Windows. Which would be insanely stupid for reasons obvious enough that I should not have to explain. Its just not gonna happen. There is no reason why this could turn into a monopoly. If Microsoft were to buy Intel and NVIDIA now THAT is a monopoly. If Microsoft were to buy AMD and stop making CPU's Intel would have a complete Monopoly. Microsoft buying AMD would bring more positive than negatives.
    Microsoft is the only one with the funds to make AMD competitive again.
    NVIDIA would have a worthy rival again. And intel(If they decide to continue in the CPU market even though its questionable if its worth it) would need to start watching their backs.
    Competition breeds innovation.
  • All indications Polaris is going to be competitive if not more so, especially when DX12 is figured into the equation and when you look at what's missing such as asynchronous compute. We've yet to see anything from nVidia to actually have the necessary hardware unlike the GCN Next cores found in the AMD cards for the last 3-4 generations. If nVidia doesn't pick up the pace they could be a full two generations behind AMD. Add into the equation AMD has a both a research and generational lead when it comes to optimising for HBM memory. If people want to argue that nVidia does have Async Compute, which they do, it's not even close to what AMD has on their chips and is unable to match the low-latency AMD gets with it's multiple ACE pipes (between 2-8 depending on generation/card), and unlike nVidia when theyswitch between graphics/compute, quicker as none are pure graphics priority, nVidia's Maxwell architecture has two pipes and one is graphics priority in addition it's got a shallower depth queue meaning it can't handle large workloads...  DX12/Vulkan is the playing field being levelled, nVidia can't play it's games with with 'optimised' obfuscated libraries. This means it's up to the Devs to get this right rather than the graphics stack doing the heavy lifting as these new APIs are CTM and we likely won't see what the cards will be capable of until a few years time when the games studios have learned how to code for them. Going by the recent DX12 games that's going to be a long and painful process I think. A final point, it's likely AMD is going to be very aggressive with their prices going by recent interviews as they want to prime the VR market and that requires fairly beefy graphics cards. AMD is currently the leader with V.R as they are concentrating on this market and currently have the largest share of contracts (I think about 70-80%) whereas nVidia is diversifying into automotive and other industries.
  • I'm not sure why you got downvoted but you are actually right, but the power and heat consumption of AMD has me concerned. But, they are producing specail CPU/GPUs for 3 next gen consoles right now so they aren't going to go bankrupt any time soon and they have no reason to back out of the consumer market if all their R&D is being payed for by the console development.   I'm looking forward to seeing what Zen can bring to the table as I'm already really confident in their GPU division but the CPUs have been slacking... a lot.
  • I only use amd in winter time, to help warm my house.
  • Lmao....
  • That was fun like 10 years ago, now a days it's simply incorrect.
     
  • It's not though. Posted via the Note 4/Nexus 7 (2013)/Lumia 1020/Lumia 2520
  • Somebody who gets it.
  • I bought one last week. :(
  • Fap fap
  • I'm wondering now if I should get an eGPU. I thought those were too expensive but this is very tempting.
  • I am curious what the performance hit will be using this as an eGPU over Thunderbolt 3. Combine this with a Surface Pro 5, and that is my future of computing. No more desktops.
  • There's still the issue of the ultra low voltage i7/i5 though isn't there? The i7 in my SP3 is nowhere near as powerful as my desktop for example. Laptops don't necessarily use the same versions of the CPUs in the surfaces and other tablet/2-in1 so I don't think they bottleneck things as much. I don't have figures for this, it's just what I've gathered from bits I've read so happy to be proven wrong
  • Not really. The glorified desktop i3 that's will be in the Surface Pro 5/6/7 won't be enough to power these monster GPUs.
  • I also have to assume that these will take better advantage of DirectX12 than the previous nVidia cards did.
  • It will.  These should have been a ground up design with DX12 in mind. 
  • Greer was going to ditch desktop. Oh well..
  • My body is ready... My wallet it isn't xD... But seriously this is for sure one of the best ways to invest $600 if you do know how to take advantage of it.
  • Looking forward to their 1050 series!
  • Surface/Surface Book 5 GPU here we go to next level amazing!
  • Dream on.
  • Can an ultra low voltage version of an i7 do the necessary job alongside a 1080 GPU though?
  • No. Those aren't fast enough for GPUs faster than 380X/960.
  • And I think those two GPU's are still overkill. Posted via the Note 4/Nexus 7 (2013)/Lumia 1020/Lumia 2520
  • Wouldn't you need a very long power extension cord if you wanted to use it on the road though? :p
  • no.. but i suspect that the next version od SP or SB will support external graphics over USB c. It's the most elegant solution. to have the power when at the desk, but save the battery on the go. but still using just one device. This would hurt apple :D
  • http://www.tomshardware.com/news/razer-core-dock-price-gpus,31419.html Maybe if the new Surfaces will have USB Type-C and Razer is nice, you could use it.
  • Razer already confirmed that you will be able to use it with any Thunderbolt Type C device
  • That most of the current laptops lacks... :/
  • True, but laptop OEMs still have to do a little work on BIOS settings and other areas. I'm sure if the next Surfaces have Thunderbolt Type C ports, Microsoft will make them compatible with the Razer dock. 
  • Ugh. I just bought a 970 2 months ago for $300. LAME
  • I feel for u bro. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Your own fault really. That ... and for getting the 970 over the 390.
  • How many cuda cores has the 1080 ?
  • 2560
  • Omg that pricing...I think I just lost my typinggg skelllsss..
  • AMD's monopoly in the console department is shown in Nvidia's pricing. They know that if they don't put these prices in their cards they will loose PC as well just as 3Dfx did back in the days.
  • RIP VooDoo
  • Wow! 3DFX! That's a blast from the past! My one and only other foray into PC gaming besides this current one was aaaaaaaalllll the way back in 2000, and for a GPU, I was rocking the Voodoo3 2000 PCI. I know, I know...Voodoo3 3000 AGP, and all, but nope. Cause cheapskate. :-) Anyway, I kinda miss the brand.
  • Not to revive that old arguement, but I though the Voodoo 3 AGP brought no benefit over the PCI version? The real controversy back then was that it didn't support 32bit color unlike the ATI Rage. Ah, but did it make Quake 2 sing, especially in Glide mode! :D
  • I had forgotten all about that controversy! I just remember the AGP version being more expensive, and being treated as the bigger deal. I do remember the whole deal about 16-bit color vs 32-bit color, though. I specifically remember that PC magazine that had the big comparo, with screen shots, and benchmarks, and all of that. In fact, I might even still have that magazine in a tote somewhere. But yes, I remember the Voodoo kinda winning the day in those reviews -especially wth Quake 2. And I remember Quake 2 running well, even with otherwise pretty ho-hum hardware.
  • My first gaming machine was a K6-2 500mhz with a Voodoo 3 2000. Q2 even had some 3Dnow! extensions.
  • That's awesome! Mine used a K6-2 as well, though I wanna say it wasn't 500mHz (then again, I could be remembering wrong.) :-)
  • Is it a proper upgrade from my 1020?
  • Of course, it can take photos at an effective resolution of about 2000 MP.
  • And that is much waayy better than the human eyes can capture!
  • Lol...just picked up a 970 last month for $280...eBay here I come.
  • Damn nice card but to pricey for me. I'll wait to see what AMD brings to the table for the mid price market next month.
  • We'll see how this pans out.  Hopefully laptop makers will cough out some items this month.  
  • Pff. Expect September at the earliest for 14/16 nm laptop GPUs.
  • What is founder edition?
  • From what I gather, it's just another name for the reference design. Maybe nVidia is making something special with the cooler or something.
  • The Founders Edition are cards with speed-binned chips. Nvidia garauntees the best overclocking capability with these cards. If you're not interested in overclocking your GPU, it isn't worth forking out the extra.
  • My balls just clenched up
  • The pricing is ridiculously cheap if it really does perform as well as they say it does. I was looking at saving up for a 980. Now I can have better for cheaper.
  • Don't forget, once the ASUS/EVGA/Gigabyte, etc models come out with their "binned" chips and exotic cooling, that price will probably climb like by $75-150. Posted via the Note 4/Nexus 7 (2013)/Lumia 1020/Lumia 2520
  • Seems like NVIDIA took some plans from their mobile playbook. Maximize power and efficiency instead of throwing more wattage. Let's hope they can work with MS on a custom SoC with gobsmacks of power for the Surface Phone. 
  • Surface Phone is/was not consumer flagship but boring business phone.
  • Why are there so many people thinkinh this will come to Surface Pro's or even Surface Phones? This card is not even close of being usable with that kind of devices.
  • Because they are not talking about having this exact GPU used but the architecture and developing specialized SoC solutions?
  • 1080 is more power hungry than the 980 though, it's better / watt, but that is to be expected when going from 28nm to 14/16nm.
     
  • If their speed gains are to be believed, the gains over the 980 in VR are the most significant. While the 1080 is reportedly ~1.5x as powerful than the 980 in most areas they claim it to be ~2.5x as powerful in VR performance. That's pretty insane, and even more insane if you think of the gains using the new SLI bridge with a couple of them.
  • Nerdgasm!
  • What's the TDP of the 1070? Anybody know? I'll have time to search later but figured I'd ask here too
  • 150-170W I think
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and 1070 cheaper than the Titan X, less power consumption than the Titan X, and more POWERFUL than the Titan X?! I totally approve this! These will be best sellers when they are released!
  • Can anybody tell me the release date of gtx 1060 in india and approximate price. Means should i buy 960 now or wait for 1060
  • There is no 1060. Only 1070 and 1080 right now. Those will be available worldwide on the dates in the post for the prices in the post.
  • They haven't announced a 1060 yet, but i believe they will announce it sometime around November - December. And the 960 is a great card (i have had it for about 6 months now), but do you really want a card that will be outdated in a few months? I wouldn't. Also, considering that the 1070 is faster than the titan, I think the 1060 will be faster than the 980 for sure, which means full VR support. If you can wait for 6 months, then you should. Or an even better option is to buy the 970 in a month. The price is sure to drop now.
  • It's 1070
    U should definitely wait for it
    Performance improvements are huge
  • NVidia will only launch their high end GPUs for the moment. AMD will launch their mid-range GPUs. Look for those. 470/X and 480/X
  • Ho-lee ****! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Really a beast
  • So, I'm travelling to the US early August and I'm planning to replace my 3-year-old gaming notebook then. Was eyeing a GeForce 980M notebook, but this news gives me pause. Any chance the new generation can land on notebooks until then?
  • These are desktop only right now. No announcements were made regarding mobile GPUs.
  • That's a crazy price on that 1070!! I just might have to do that!!  Now, please bear with me, but as a PC gaming noob, I have a question for the group: even though I think I know the answer already, I'll still ask anyway: What I currently have is pretty outdated, it was a set of hand-me-downs that I only had to pay $50 for for everything, so I still feel like I still got a great deal. And it also worked to break down that barrier that was keeping this life-long console gamer from getting into PC. So totally the right thing to do....but it's humble enough that it's only going to perform in the range of the PS4 (a little better, a little worse, sometimes one, sometimes the other, who knows?) Anyway, I'm not sure whether I should focus on replacing the GPU first, or whether I should focus on a new CPU and/or motherboard first - and that's my question for the group.  Here's what I have right now: it's an AMD Phenom x4 965 black edition, An Asus 4 mobo, and an Asus Gtx660ti GPU, with 3g of vram. CPU cooling by Prolimatech Genesis. All this is supported by a 1x8GB stick of Kingston HyperFury DDR3 1600 RAM, a Kingston SSDNow V300 Series 120GB SSD boot drive, a Western Digital Black Series 2TB 7200 RPM HDD data drive, and a Corsair CX 500W 80+ Bronze Certified Semi-Modular ATX power supply, the lot of which I bought new for $250 using the Amex gift card I recently won here on Windows Central. And all of this will be going into a NZXT Guardian 921RB case (blue LED version) that I also bought used for $30. So all told, I'm about $330 in. So, that's the context of my question. I have people who know PC gaming waaaaay better than I do, some of which say the most lacking component of them all is the GPU, since most graphics processing is handled there, while others say it doesn't make sense to upgrade the GPU first since the CPU and Mobo provide too much of a bottleneck. Now, if most of the graphics handling is done by the GPU, and the CPU only handles the physics, then it seems to me like those who are advocating for a new GPU first are probably right, and if so, then for as much cheaper as it is, I think the 1070 is probably the ticket! But the more voices I have weighing in on this, the better. So, anybody got any advice for the noob here? :-) Thanks!
  • The biggest bottle neck is the north and south bridge on your mobo. The bus speeds won't help with a CPU or GPU upgrade. Also your RAM is half what it should be. Also your power supply is just about maxed out for that rig. Adding a stick of RAM, upgrading the CPU and GPU would likely require a 750 watt PSU, assuming you have a mobo that can support newer gen stuff. Is that board an AM2/3/3+ board? If AM3+ you could go with a Vishera core AMD FX-8350BE, but if not, your locked in with that 965BE. If your mobo has a north bridge 990 chipset you can go up to an FX-9590, but your likely running a NB 950-970 chipset... Basically motherboards are most important, as they provide an upgrade path for future tech, if you don't invest in a good one, you'll be locked into current or past gen tech. After a good mobo, power supply dictates the rest. If your running 500 or less, your barely on the cusp of gaming PC capable. You need to be a minimum 750 watts. The from there you need at least 16gb of quality ram, since a lot of game cashe data lives there. GPU is more important than CPU on many games, but not all, so you typically want to get more power on both ends if you can. And that SSD never hurts, but assuming you only use it for the OS, it's really not helping speed up gaming. An SSD can drastically improve loading times, but that's about it in gaming. Hope that helps!
  • Sure as hell helped me and I didn't ask the question. Love old school tech heads to can talk the talk especially as it relates to AMD. You had me worried when you called it "cashe" rather than cache though. But I figure that was a typo.  Thanks.
  • LOL yeah, ill fix that typo, thanks.
  • It does help, jsnod, thank you very much! :-) I don't know exactly what chipset is on that Mobo, so I'll have to look. But it sounds like priority alpha for me either way is the Mobo. Now, of course, I know that if I want to switch to Intel, I'll need to buy both the Mobo, and the CPU at the same time (and I understand the AMD / Intel dynamic to be "bang-for-your-buck" vs "absolute performance"). I'm not sure what brand I plan to go with on the CPU front just yet, but let's just say for the sake of our conversation today that I decide to stick with AMD. Is there a chance that I could buy a Mobo that's worth my while in terms of both performance and "future-proofing" that would still accept my current CPU temporarily so I would have the luxury of shelling out for just one at a time rather than having to save up for both at once? I mean, I understand that the socket, and stuff would matter, but I haven't been hip to what's using what since about 2000, which as I said before, was my only other experience with building a gaming PC. What you say also actually manages to harmonize what I'm being told by people, like the fellow who sold me the old gear, and insists I need to upgrade the CPU and Mobo first, with the tech writer who tells me the CPU is my biggest liability. The tech writer was probably only superficially aware of the motherboard I have, while the guy who sold it to me, this used to be his gear before his recent upgrade, so he knew it inside and out. Now, about the power supply: My wife and I recently moved house, and so most of our free money has gone to new furnishings, and the like. Therefore, all I had in the way of a budget for the RAM, SSD, HDD, and Power Supply was the $250 gift card I won here on Windows Central. So my friend made me a list on PC part picker which he felt represented the best balance of price-to-performance he could achieve with a meager $250 budget. He apparently felt that 500W was good enough as a starting point, and I'm inclined to trust him. However, your point is still very good. Perhaps the power supply should be my second priority after the Motherboard. Now, the only point here where I'm perhaps not convinced is on 8GB of RAM not being enough. I've been told by several people that for all but the most extreme use cases, 16GB is still superfluous. And the rest of my hardware isn't capable enough for that extreme use case anyway. So I feel that 8GB is probably a good start. And besides, the good news is that if I start to feel bottlenecks there, RAM is one of the cheapest, and by far the easiest upgrade in the box. Upping it later will be a piece of cake. As far as the HDD/SSD set up not benefiting me in gaming, this is true. But it's also a compromise I can live with longer term than any of the others probably. To get a big enough SSD to serve as "primary storage" would be price prohibitive. Maybe in time, when the price comes down, I can make that upgrade, but by then, there will probably be something even faster that's still expensive. And by the standards of HDDs, this one seems pretty good. But I still wanted the SSD / HDD setup because even if it doesn't help my games, it'll still help the OS and all that stuff. And besides, unless it's just massive as all get out, who's to say I couldn't install a game or two of particular focus onto the SSD, and transfer it over to HDD later when I'm more or less done with it? So on a limited scale, it may benefit my games after all. And lastly, I have another computer that uses the SSD / HDD thing, a Mac Mini with a 256GB internal SSD, and a pair of external USB3.0 4TB Seagate HDDs, one for data, and one for Time Machine. I don't really game on it, but for my media, and all that stuff, the external data disc setup works just fine. Plenty responsive. Anyway, thank you very, very much for the reply! It was tremendously useful, harmonizes all the other voices I've been hearing on the matter, and gives me a better, clearer roadmap for how to proceed in slowly turning this thing from an outdated first step into a far more respectable gaming PC machine! Since I have had the previous experience, I'm one or two rungs above "completely ignorant/oblivious", but so much has changed since 2000, and so little of it have I kept up with that this is all fairly opaque to me again. I think this will be a good enough "first home" starter box to whet my appetite to take things further though.....so here we go!!! :-D Cheers!
  • Any good for bit-mining?
  • As far as I can tell, GPUs have been no good for bit mining for a while now, at least not in the power use to bitcoin ratio (basically you mine less bitcoins than the cost of power needed to run the machine). But I have to admit, seeing that performance to power use ratio, that was my first thought too.
  • 1070 for $349. Sign me up, cheaper than a gtx 980. Wow!
  • Awesome
  • Not a bad price! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • All i want in my tech life, is a Surface Pro with the ability to connect to an external graphics card.............a GPU box with this beast of a Card inside it, being run by an i7 Surface Pro when docked.........offers all the portability of a tablet, and beastly performance as a desktop (not that the desktop performance of a SP is bad - there is room to make it better.
  • for laptops? Damn, again my laptop purchase is on hold!
  • Come on, I want....I need to win powerball :-\
  • Will be interesting to see AMD's response (in June IIRC). Of course, anything either of these companies say should be taken with a huge grain of salt, and benchmarks will likely tell the truer story.
  • AMD is only releasing Mid Tier cards this summer.  R9 470 and R9 480.  That said the R9 480 is supposed to be bringing R9 390x performance at a $249-$299 price point.  That works for me.
  • I hope AMD Polaris can compete with this
  • Could be much more efficient due advanced manufacturing vs. Pascal.
  • I'll wait for GTX 4K Posted from WC for W10 running on my 930.
  • i'm going to die.... i will play game with this VGA on my next Windows 10 PC till i die :D
  • Getting ready:3 the graphics ***** in me wants dual 1080 Sent from windows central app for windows 10 mobile
  • Time for me to reconsider a 1440p monitor at 144hz
  • Expecting an MSRP of $900-1000 CAD when it gets released up north =/
  • MSRP?