Nvidia Releases GeForce GTX 1080 & GTX 1070 Videocards! If you are in the market for a new videocard, the eagerly anticipated Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 is now available for pre-order! Nvidia are offering a major step-up in performance and efficiency with the introduction of their new Pascal architecture. Just how major is this step you may ask? Using last years substantial and quite expensively priced Titan X graphics card as an example, then slashing its power demands from 250W to 180W, cutting its price from $999 to $599, and then, for good measure adding a bit more performance to boot! All this should give you a pretty good indication of what is in-store for the new GPU’s lucky owners!
Virtual reality, something that will be increasingly more important to sim racers as well as multi-monitor gaming, has been at the forefront of Nvidia’s Pascal development list. With the release of these videocards, Nvidia is introducing a completely new technology to improve both mediums, which Nvidia is dubbing ”simultaneous multi-projection”.
Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang’s statement on the performance of Nvidia’s newest videocards:
“The GeForce GTX 1080 is almost irresponsible levels of performance.”
”NVIDIA engineered the Pascal architecture to handle the massive computing demands of technologies like VR. It incorporates five transformational technologies:
- Next-Gen GPU Architecture. Pascal is optimized for performance per watt. The GTX 1080 is 3x more power efficient than the Maxwell Architecture.
- 16nm FinFET Process. The GTX 1080 is the first gaming GPUs designed for the 16nm FinFET process, which uses smaller, faster transistors that can be packed together more densely. Its 7.2 billion transistors deliver a dramatic increase in performance and efficiency.
- Advanced Memory. Pascal-based GPUs are the first to harness the power of 8GB of Micron’s GDDR5X memory. The 256-bit memory interface runs at 10Gb/sec., helping to drive 1.7x higher effective memory bandwidth than that delivered by regular GDDR5.
- Superb Craftsmanship. Increases in bandwidth and power efficiency allow the GTX 1080 to run at clock speeds never before possible — over 1700 MHz — while consuming only 180 watts of power. New asynchronous compute advances improve efficiency and gaming performance. And new GPU Boost™ 3 technology supports advanced overclocking functionality.
- Groundbreaking Gaming Technology. NVIDIA is changing the face of gaming from development to play to sharing. New NVIDIA VRWorks™ software features let game developers bring unprecedented immersiveness to gaming environments. NVIDIA’s Ansel™ technology lets gamers share their gaming experiences and explore gaming worlds in new ways.”
VRWorks: A New Level of Presence for VR
- ”2x VR Graphics Performance: VRWorks Graphics now includes a simultaneous multi-projection capability that renders natively to the unique dimensions of VR displays instead of traditional, 2D monitors. It also renders geometry for the left and right eyes simultaneously in a single pass
- Enveloping Audio: VRWorks Audio uses the NVIDIA OptiX™ ray-tracing engine to trace the path of sounds across an environment in real time, fully reflecting the size, shape and material of the virtual world.
- Interactive Touch and Physics: NVIDIA PhysX® for VR detects when a hand controller interacts with a virtual object, and enables the game engine to provide a physically accurate visual and haptic response. It also models the physical behavior of the virtual world around the user so that all interactions — whether an explosion or a hand splashing through water — behave as if in the real world.
NVIDIA has integrated these technologies into a new VR experience called VR Funhouse.”
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 videocard will be on sale on May 27th at a retail price of $599. A founders edition, featuring speed-binned chips (i.e. the chips that outperform the base spec the most and offer the most overclocking headroom), will be sold by Nvidia for $699. The GTX 1070 should follow on June 10th, with a retail price of $379 from Nvidia’s partners or $449 for the founders edition.
Needless to say, the GTX 980, which was seen as the standard GPU for VR-capable PCs, is logically going to be lowered in price with immediate effect!