GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, Ansel Feature, Pricing

The Founder Edition of Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 officially launches today. The custom models will be showcased and launched at Computex.

Nvidia's flagship GeForce GTX 1080 will officially start selling today in retail stores. At the beginning, the graphics card will be available only in reference variants, but it will be soon followed by custom models being offered by Nvidia AIB partners such as Gigabyte and EVGA.

According to Gamespot, Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 is a unique graphics card on many aspects. It is the first to use the new Pascal microarchitecture, the first in the 10 series lineup and the first to launch with a Founders Edition. The cutting-edge graphics card also incorporates Nvidia's new Ansel feature that allows players pausing a game in order to take control of a free-roam camera and take high-resolution screenshots.

Nvidia director of technical marketing in Asia Pacific, Jeff Yen, told the same publication that the Founder Edition will prolong the lifetime of the GTX 1080 graphics card for the entire span of the product. The company put a lot of effort and time into developing the GeForce GTX 1080 using premium parts of its board. According to Yen, Nvidia's baseline product is actually a very strong one in its own.

According to the website, the reference edition of Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 will start selling today at a price of $699. The same publication reports that according to their sources also today, AIBs will have NDA lifting on the custom models. However, it is not yet sure if those cards will be available today on retail.

The custom models of the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card will retail for a starting price of $599. However, it is speculated that the more beefier designs could come with a price even higher than the Founders Edition reference model.

The custom models of GTX 1080 will not only include some sophisticated cooling designs, but they will also ship with non-reference PCBs that allow more power to flow into the VRAM and GPU in order to support better overclocking. The 8-Pin solution on the reference cards might be fine for most users, but while overclocking, it limits power to the GPU.

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