NVIDIA has revealed the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070 according to a news post on Nvidia’s website.
NVIDIA’s newest gaming GPUs will be the first to come to market based on the company’s Pascal architecture. The GeForce GTX 1080 will have an 8GB GDDR5X Frame Buffer – twice that of the GTX 980. The base clock will be 1607 MHz with boost capability up to 1733 MHz, and the memory speed will be 10 Gbps.
The GeForce GTX 1080 will require 180 Watts of power and a 500 Watt power supply is recommended for using the card. It will come with an 8 pin supplemental power connector. It will be 4.376 inches (approximately 11.116 cm) tall by 10.5 inches (approximately 26.67 cm) wide, and the card will require two slots worth of space. You can read more about the specs on the GeForce GTX 1080 page on NVIDIA’s website.
A “Founder’s Edition” of the GeForce GTX 1080 is going to be available on May 27, for the price of $699. A dozen companies have lined up to produce graphics cards in this new line – ASUS, Colorful, EVGA, Gainward, Galaxy, Gigabyte, Innovision 3D, MSI, Palit, PNY, Zotac, and NVIDIA itself. If you’re not keen on being an early adopter, the expected retail price of the GeForce GTX 1080 is slated to be $599 although NVIDIA states that there will likely be some variation in the pricing on a per-manufacturer basis.
If you’re looking for an upgrade without breaking the bank there’s another option coming down the road a bit later. The GeForce GTX 1070 will also have a Founder’s Edition available on June 10 for $449. The retail price of the various graphics cards by NVIDIA partners is expected to be $379. NVIDIA has not yet released many specifics for the 1070 series aside from the price.
These new cards mark the beginning of GeForce’s “10 series” GPUs. An accompanying event called Order of 10 is also currently underway. Order of 10 appears to be an Alternate Reality Game (or ARG) of sorts. The Prelude page contains some mysterious clues and an event at Austin has already concluded. Participants had to travel to three out of five “trail” locations with a smartphone. Once they had completed tasks at three locations they were directed to travel to a final location. The first 50 participants who completed the event were awarded a pair of VIP tickets to that night’s NVIDIA event.
The next Order of 10 event will be May 10 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time, and considering that the previous event took place in Austin (where the NVIDIA keynote was held) it’s possible that future events will be held at NVIDIA showcases or other such industry events.
According to a post on NVIDIA’s blog, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 involved the work of several thousand people over two years with a Research & Development budget of “several billion dollars.”
What do you think of the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070? Will you hold off on purchasing a new graphics card to wait for these? How do you feel about the pricing of the cards compared to the current flagship GPUs such as the Titan X? Let us know in the comments below!