Nvidia finally unveiled its next-generation graphics cards, GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX1070. At just half the price of Titan X, they will provide faster speed.
After spending billion of dollars on R&D and numerous rumors, Nvidia's first Pascal architecture consumer graphics cards are finally here. The GTX 1080 will come with a retail price tag of $599, while the GTX 1070 will cost $379. Both graphics cards will cost $50 more than the previous generation cards at launch.
The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 will arrive on the market on May 27, while GTX 1070 will follow on June 10. Those who want to purchase the "Founders Edition" cards could find them on Nvidia.com at prices of $699 and $499, respectively.
According to PC World, Nvidia's long-awaited cutting-edge GeForce GTX 1080 provides spectacular speed and performance, but the GeForce GTX 1070 is just as impressive. With GeForce GTX 1080, Nvidia makes a major step forward in graphics cards industry.
According to Ars Technica, for some tech analysts, it is surprising that at a moment when AMD claims that its Polaris architecture will offer virtual reality (VR) ready performance at a "mainstream" price point, Nvidia has raised the price of its flagship graphics cards. However, Nvidia claims that both its next-generation flagship graphics cards are significantly faster than its current top models, the GTX Titan X and GTX 980 Ti, that retail for $1000 and $650, respectively.
Nvidia claims that the GTX 1080 it is three times as energy efficient and twice as fast as the Titan X in certain VR applications. The graphic cards manufacturer company even says that its GTX 1080 is faster than dual-SLI 980 setup.
The performance increase comes from the combination of a leaner TSMC 16nm FinFET manufacturing process with a new GPU microarchitecture (Pascal). The GTX 1080 also comes with an impressive 10Gbps memory pipe that makes use of faster Micron GDDR5X memory.
Nvidia has not revealed the full technical specs for the new flagship graphic cards, but did confirm that the GTX 1080's chip built with around 7.2 billion transistors will provide about 9 TFLOPS of performance, while the GTX 1070 will provide around 6.5 TFLOPS.