Nvidia has announced two new graphics cards! These are the first cards to be announced in their new 1000 series.
Some general information:
- TSMC 16nm FinFET (first time in 4 years see GPUs get smaller transistors).
- New architecture focused on improving CUDA efficiency (Nvidia said 2x efficiency versus Maxwell for gaming purposes).
- Simultaneous Multi-Projection Technology – Increase efficiency for VR and multimonitor games.
- GPU Boost 3.0 – No idea how this will be different from 2.0.
- DirectX FL12_1 capable (which does not really tell us a whole lot).
- DisplayPort 1.2 Certified and DisplayPort 1.3/1.4 Ready (the certification process for 1.3 and 1.4 might not be done yet).
- SLI HB (High Bandwidth) – Basically just higher bandwidth (for the faster memory) SLI bridge that will be needed for SLI now.
- Nvidia VRWorks Audio – Path tracing audio API (can trace how sound will bounce before it hits your ears).
Founders edition will be out first and it will have the new Nvidia stock cooler. The regular editions will come a bit later and only have third party coolers.
Nvidia claims the GTX 1080 will be faster than two GTX 980 in SLI. They also say it will be faster than the Titan X.
For VR gaming it will be twice as fast, and 3 times as efficient as the Titan X.
1080 was able to overclock to over 2GHz with the stock Nvidia cooler.
The 1080 features GDDR5X on a 256-bit memory bus, running at 10Gbps/pin.
The 1070 uses regular GDDR5.
Nvidia’s marketing slides:
I am really looking forward to seeing how they perform in benchmarks. I don’t trust Nvidia’s numbers but if what they are saying ends up being accurate, that it performs better than two 980s in SLI, then it will be really good price:performance. I would have liked to hear more about other features and possibly some gaming benchmarks but I guess that will have to wait until full reviews. It seems like Nvidia are going for the high end market first with these cards. That’s in contrast to AMD which have been said to go for more of the mid-range market first and then the high end market in late 2016 or early 2017.
I am really excited for this new generation of cards. GPU tech has been stagnant for so long thanks to the problems of going below 28nm transistors. Hopefully we will return to the good old days of huge performance jumps each generation, like the ones we saw ~5 years ago.
Will you upgrade to a new GPU?