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First dealers list GeForce GTX 1080


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Andreas Stegmüller

geforce gtx 1080 NVIDIA's brand new GeForce GTX 1080 was last week's highlight. The spanking new high-end graphics card is the fastest single GPU 3D accelerators, thanks to the new Pascal architecture, a slew of new technologies and 8 GB of video memory. Depending on benchmark, the new card will outperform the older GeForce GTX 980 Ti by five to 30 percent. On average, the performance increase is around 20 to 25 percent. The extra performance comes at a high premium, NVIDIA is asking for 699 ZS dollars for the Founder's Edition version of the card. Over here in Europe, the price will be a heavy 789 euro.

At least this is the price the first dealer wants who listed the new 3D accelerator, at least in our price comparison. Although some models made by MSI, Zotac, Gigabyte and so on are already listed, they are all Founder's Edition cards, and therefore come in the new reference design. First custom board partner cards are likely to be shown at Computex 2016 first, which will open its doors in Taipei in early June. Various teaser images and leaks have appeared here and there. The Founders Edition of the GeForce GTX 1080 is not yet available, however. According to NVIDIA, the first models will be delivered first on 27 May. One will also have to wait and see if NVIDIA's new flagship card will be widely available, or in short supply.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080

The price of the older Maxwell graphics card has meanwhile gone down. While an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti a few days ago cost around 620 euro, ther former GM200 flagship is now available for under 600 euro. Our price comparison currently lists the card for prices starting at around 596 euro. In the marketplace of our German language forum, users have been offering their used ones for well under 500 euro. The scaled-down non-Ti version with the GM204 GPU, however, is already available for around 479 euro. Cards from rival AMD have also slightly fallen in price. AMD's Radeon R9 Fury X is currently available for around 578 euro, whereas an AMD Radeon R9 Fury can be bought for less than 430 euro.

Prices are likely to spiral downwards further when the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is available, as well as the GeForce GTX 1070. In addition, AMD will soon present its first Polaris graphics card.

Overview of GeForce GTX 1080 technical specifications
Model NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 AMD Radeon R9 Fury X NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti
Street price 789 euro   Starting from 578 euro Starting from 596 euro
Homepage www.nvidia.com www.amd.com www.nvidia.com
Technical specifications
GPU GP104 Fiji XT GM200
Manufacturing rocess 16 nm 28 nm 28 nm
Transistors 7.2 billion 8.9 billion 8 billion
GPU Clock Speed (Base Clock) 1,607 MHz - 1,000 MHz
GPU clock (Boost Clock) 1,733 MHz 1,050 MHz 1,075 MHz
Memory Clock 1,250 MHz 500 MHz 1,750 MHz
Memory type GDDR5X HBM GDDR5
Memory size 8 GB 4 GB 6 GB
Memory interface 256 bit 4,096 bit 384 bit
Memory bandwidth 320 GB/s 512.0 GB/s 336.6 GB/s
DirectX version 12 12 12
Shader units 2,560 4,096 2,816
Texture units 160 256 176
ROPs 64 64 96
Typical Board Power 180 W 275 W 250 W
SLI / Crossfire SLI Crossfire SLI