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Review roundup: NVIDIA's amazing new GTX 1080 graphics card

When the GTX 1080 was recently announced by NVIDIA there were some pretty bold claims made about its power. That it was more powerful than a Titan X, more powerful even than two GTX 980 cards running in SLI. Add in a surprising amount of power efficiency and the numbers on stage all looked pretty good.

But numbers on stage don't tell the story. Real world people using real world cards tell the story. The first round of GTX 1080 reviews are in and so far it's looking pretty good for the green team.

Here we've rounded up a few to get you started.

PC Gamer

"If you're a gamer looking for something that will handle 4K gaming at nearly maxed out quality, the GTX 1080 is the card to get. Or if you want a GPU that has at least a reasonable chance of making use of a 1440p 144Hz G-Sync display, or a curved ultrawide 3440x1440 100Hz display, again: this is the card to get. It delivers everything Nvidia promised, and there's likely room for further improvements via driver updates—this is version 1.0 of the Pascal drivers, after all."

Check out the full PC Gamer review

Anandtech

"I think it's safe to say that NVIDIA intends to start off the 16nm/14nm generation with a bang. As the first high-end card of this generation the GTX 1080 sets new marks for overall performance and for power efficiency, thanks to the combination of TSMC's 16nm FinFET process and NVIDIA's Pascal architecture. Translating this into numbers, at 4K we're looking at 30% performance gain versus the GTX 980 and a 70% performance gain over the GTX 980, amounting to a very significant jump in efficiency and performance over the Maxwell generation."

See the Anandtech GTX 1080 preview

Engadget

"If you have the cash, and need the most powerful video card on the market, you can't go wrong with the GTX 1080. It's built precisely for the things gamers are focused on today: 4K and VR. It's not just an incremental upgrade for NVIDIA: It's a dramatic leap forward."

Read more in the full Engadget review

Tom's Hardware

"Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 delivers incredible performance at a particularly opportune time. While the GeForce GTX 980 Ti and its principal competition, AMD's Radeon R9 Fury X, both achieve playable frame rates at 4K, they still force you to either compromise quality or add a second GPU for the kind of performance high-end gamers want to see."

Check out the Tom's Hardware review

Eurogamer

"From our perspective, the big takeaway is this: Titan X and its cheaper GTX 980 Ti counterpart are still monstrously fast gaming GPUs. They're the cards we've gone to for testing when we need what seems like a bottomless pit of graphics power. If the upcoming GTX 1070 is priced correctly and offers equivalent performance, we're in for a real treat. But the GTX 1080 isn't just a little faster - it's a lot faster. And assuming its simultaneous multi-projection technology is indeed integrated into upcoming VR titles, the performance increase there could very well match the 2x Titan X claims that Nvidia made at its recent press event."

See more in the full Eurogamer review

Ars Technica

"And yet, the high-water mark by which we must judge the GTX 1080 is set by Nvidia. The 1080 is good value, because the Titan X and 980 Ti were so expensive to begin with. The performance gains are excellent, because there's no company around that can (currently) challenge them. For all the innovation that's been put into the 1080, for all the hard work that's gone into its design—and I don't doubt for a moment that a lot of hard work has been put into it—it's hard to shake the feeling that, if there were true competition at this level, we'd be looking at a very different product to kick off the 16nm generation."

Check out the full Ars Technica review

And if you like your reviews a little more visual, check out this selection from some popular YouTube channels.

Linus Tech Tips

Awesomesauce Network

Hardware Canucks

Paul's Hardware

So, what do we think? Be sure to share your own thoughts in the comments below!

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.

27 Comments
  • Honestly while the gains are nice I think Nvidia left the door open for AMD to take control of the high end later this year with a new Fury line. With the node shrink, dramatic increase in transitor-CUDA cores-frequency-memory the frame rate increase is not as big (over the Fury line) as I had expected. So I will be holding off on a purchase until late fall after AMD shows their hand.  I think the new Fury line could surpass the 1080 with ease.
  • I am also hoping for that but Polaris seems to be targeting a different segment, we have to wait for Vega 10
  • There are rumors floating around Vega may be introduced this fall due to Nvidias Pascal launch. http://techreport.com/news/30113/rumor-amd-may-pull-vega-gpu-forward-for... http://www.tweaktown.com/news/52077/amd-rumored-move-vega-up-october-nvi...  
  • Once AMD does, NVIDIA will counter with a new Titan or 1080Ti with HBM2.
  • The gains are nice?!!! You did read the 2 x Titans right? This thing is crazy.
  • Ars said this card can't do 4k @ 60fps.  It isn't twice as powerful as the Titan cards....
  • Beast
  • With a pricetag ...
  • A low price tag for the performance.
  • Unfortunately named for a card that is all about 4K
  • Typical. Who cares about naming? Specs are the only thing a nerd cares about.
  • I think it may just cause confusion for a lot of people. It just wasn't a smart idea.
  • I'm sorry but if this causes confusion for someone looking to buy a GPU, then that person has no business buying one.
  • It was a joke. You may want to get that stick surgically removed.
  • Not really, if you understand NVIDIA's naming scheme. First number (10) is the generation, and the last two are the hardwae level (80, or top of the line). I'd asume for the most part, if you're really looking into the GPU anyways, then the average customer at least did at least a little research.
  • Right on.
  • Time to head to the Wccftech comments section where the AMD-Nvidia troll war must be in full swing.
  • I only care what will AMD come up with... Nvidia nor AMD must rule the market. We need competition. That's why I buy AMD, then Nvidia, then AMD and keep buying in this circle :) I can't really say if one is better than the other.
  • Really?
  • That site is a pile of feces, haha.
  • Now, I'm just waiting for some non-reference cards to be announced. I'm not paying the $100 upcharge for the Founders Edition.
  • I have Strix 970, waiting for 1070 to be annouced and then the strix version of 
  • INR?? ₹₹₹₹??
  • Little more than 40,000
  • I hope I can land me a Founder's Edition card on May 27th!
  • amazing product.
  •  Meh...I game at 1080p with my R9 390 and all is good.