on 05-28-201611:00 PM - last edited on 05-31-201602:36 PM by Allan-BBY
If you’re a PC builder or hardware enthusiast like I am, chances are high that you have heard the word “Pascal” over the past year a lot and up until now, it was simply what we knew as the name for the next generation of Nvidia’s graphics card architecture. All the waiting and anticipation paid off on May 6th, when Nvidia unveiled details for the upcoming GTX 1080 and 1070 graphics card, and they are very worth the wait indeed.
First up, the heavy hitting GTX 1080 packing 2560 Nvidia CUDA cores, a memory clock of 2500 MHz, and a whopping 8GB of DDR5X. Performance wise, the card is said to be able to operate faster than two GTX 980s in SLI (basically meaning they are working together), 30% faster than a Titan X in non-Virtual Reality performance and a staggering 100% faster while in VR usage. Alongside the impressive specifications, we were also given a release date of May 27th and a price tag of $599 MSRP for the regular model card and $699 for the Founders edition. To top it all off, I think the GTX 1080 looks pretty darn slick and will complement just about any enthusiast’s PC build.
The GTX 1080 wasn’t the only star of the show. We also saw the unveiling of the GTX 1070, though details on its specifications were not fully revealed like the 1080’s were. With a street date of June 10th and an MSRP of $379 or $449 for the Founder’s edition, the GTX 1070 is also sporting 8GB GDDR5 memory (note it is not GDDR5X as the 1080 was, but this is still nothing to scoff at) though other than that, nothing was shown.
So, what the heck is this “Founder’s Edition”? In the past, Nvidia would often refer to the models of cards made by them as “reference” cards and in almost every instance of the word “founder’s edition” can be replaced with “reference”. It is not a limited edition as the name may suggest. Instead, you are primarily paying for a neat GTX 1080 Founder’s Edition back plate for the card, and more support for the overclocking of the card. The founder’s edition will utilize a new industrial design from Nvidia, relatively similar to the cooler used on previous reference models. Features of this cooler include vapor champing cooling, a VRM blower fan, and a large alloy heatsink under the shroud. Is a fancy back plate and perhaps more overclocking support worth an extra $100? I’ll leave that decision to you.
Personally, I am very excited for the upcoming launch of the GTX 1080 / 1070. I’ve been a part of the group of people waiting to upgrade their builds in the hopes that the new GPUs were coming soon, and it seems that waiting will pay off in the form of an upgrade. Of course, there is always the possibility that we will see Nvidia release a GTX 980Ti equivalent card in this new series in the near future, which has one side of the discussion leaning towards awaiting that launch. As always, we are very curious what you will be doing! Do you plan on getting a GTX 1080 / 1070 immediately at launch? Will you be waiting to see how they perform in real-world implications first? Biding your time for a 980Ti equivalent? Let us know in the comments below!