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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Review

by on August 25, 2016
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$599-$699

Specifications

CUDA Cores: 2560
Core Clock: 1607MHz
Boost Clock: 1733MHz
VRAM: 8GB GDDR5X
TFLOP: 9
Memory Clock: 10Gbps
Memory Bus Width: 256-bit
Memory Bandwidth: 320 GB/s
TDP: 180W
Transistors: 7.2b
Manufacturing process: TSMC 16nm
Power connector: 1x 8-pin PCIe

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PC

Year Manufactured

2016

Positives

The most powerful card yet
The best VR experience
Less heat production
Can hardly hear any sound at heavy use
Future-proof features

Negatives

Didn't quite reached the magic 60Hz at 4K
Very expensive

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This expensive card takes care of Ultra-HD resolution without any hazzle and excels at VR. But should think twice before shedding out your money.


Gigabyte GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition Graphic Card GV-N1080D5X-8GD-B (Personal Computers)


List Price: $699.99
New From: $779.75 USD In Stock
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We could call this one ‘the beast’…

NVIDIA GTX 1080 is NVIDIA’s bait to add up their financial digits. This ‘beefy’ card empowers you to play the latest games in 4K and as well as in VR. Getting this as brief as possible- ‘this can do the future of gaming’. GTX 1080 has some special advantages that the game devs around us haven’t used up yet, that means it’s good as the user will not be wanting to replace to a newer one for at least a couple of years.

GTX 1080 is the most powerful GPU on the market now. But that doesn’t mean you have to clear $799 from your pockets in order to play at 4K resolution or VR. NVIDIA has released the GTX 1070 and GTX 1060, less powerful variants, which will also suffice 4K and VR.

GTX 1080 Specs Defined

Okay here comes the pain! I am seeking a help from our sister site Trusted Reviews for explaining further about GTX 1080’s specification. NVIDIA has moved from its older architecture, Maxwell, to a new technology called Pascal. So the reason why they shifted to Pascal is that it uses a smaller manufacturing process. This, in turn, reduces power consumption, which means less heat and noise.

Count the CUDA cores | Image courtesy of Trusted Reviews

Count the CUDA cores | Image courtesy of Trusted Reviews

So what these matters to us is that it increases the number of CUDA cores which does all the heavy works. There is a total of 2,560 cores in GTX 1080 compared to 2,098 on GTX 980, around a quarter more. This increases the clock speed too from 1,126MHz to 1,607MHz and all these with a power consumption of 15W more than GTX 980 (from 165W to 180W). Comparing with GTX 980, GTX 1080 has 8GB of GDDR5X memory than the 4GB GDDR5 memory and 43% more bandwidth than the former.

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NVIDIA GTX 1080’s Founder’s Edition looks as better as it could be. With sharp edges and angular design, GTX 1080 is at its best. But you can get third-party alternatives from ASUS, Zotac, and MSI for less expensive rates in the market now.

NVIDIA GTX 1080 consists of an HDMI 2.0b port capable of producing 4K at 60Hz, a single DVI port, and three DisplayPort Connectors. HDR and video playback are also supported along with developed multi-monitor support and VR. So what lies in the future is that the above mentioned DisplayPort Connectors 1.3 and 1.4 will empower the system to produce 4K at 120 Hz, 5K contents at 60Hz and even 8K. So the future’s bright!

Performance

We are comparing the GTX 1080 with GTX 980Ti and GTX 980 here. Our playthrough of Fallout 4 with GTX 1080 on AMD Radeon cards on Windows 10 64-bit OS at 4K (3840×2160), with full details and shadows along with god-rays enabled, we got a benchmark of over 15% increase in framerates from GTX 980Ti and about 30% increase from GTX 980.

Fallout 4 doesn’t provide many problems to the system but when we put the test through GTA V, well.. it struggled a little bit. For our first test with GTA V, we maximized every setting including anti-aliasing. But they were smooth as silk at 1080p. We should consider that GTA V is a game where many things happen at once. But it was 22% faster than GTX 980Ti and we didn’t put GTX 980 into this test. For our second run with GTA V, we reduced the settings a bit and both the cards managed to perform smoothly while the game still looked great.

Virtual Reality

Project Cars VR

Project Cars VR

GTX 1080 at the first place was built by NVIDIA with a maximum quality VR in mind and it really shines there too. Project Cars at 4K VR excels in GTX 1080 while has some judders in GTX 980Ti. But we can assure that if you want a maxed out VR experience, then GTX 1080 is the way to go.

Verdict

GTX 1080, as I said before many times, is the most powerful card on the market yet. But still, it hasn’t reached the assured 60Hz at 4K. But NVIDIA can always improve it with the next variant or so. But when a question arise asking ‘Should I buy one?’ then I would say its better to get the GTX 1070, which is only 20% slower than GTX 1080. GTX 1070 is less expensive and also provides you with a neat experience both at 4K and in VR. You can also get the GTX 1060 and can enjoy both 4K and VR, but I recommend GTX 1070 over the two.
But if you have enough pockets to spend out, then overclocking the GTX 1080 would give you some extra armor and boost for your PC. Mark that! You’ll be untouchable.

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