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Micron reached out to me over email today, ushering me into the knowledge that their exciting new GDDR5X memory has entered mass production. GDDR5X is the new memory powering the next-gen GeForce GTX 1080 video card that NVIDIA unveiled last week.
GDDR5X represents a huge leap in bandwidth, without having to shift over to the new HBM2 standard. GDDR5X provides 10Gbps of bandwidth, and when coupled with the 256-bit memory bus on the GTX 1080, results in 320GB/sec of memory bandwidth. Jen-Hsun Huang, co-founder and CEO of NVIDIA said at the GeForce GTX 1080 launch event: "This memory is so fast. It is so fast ... G5X, the fastest GDDR memory in the world".
We will see many partner cards based on the GTX 1080 at Computex, which kicks off in two weeks time.
With NVIDIA dropping the gauntlet and announcing its new GeForce GTX 1080, we're hearing rumors that AMD won't have partners showing off next-gen Polaris-based video cards at Computex - which kicks off in two weeks time. Remember that we're actually giving away an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 'Founder's Edition' video card, and so much more in our global giveaway!
Nordic Hardware reached out to us with their report, saying that AMD's partners "won't have any new cards to display at Computex and the only Polaris cards promoted to them from AMD are R9 390/390X performance class but for a mid-range price. Great value but no sign of any GTX 1080 contender". I thought I'd reach out to an AMD partner, and received a quick "don't think so" from a board partner, and then I asked for clarification to which they said "as of now, no information".
I've reached out to AMD for clarification and will edit when I hear back, but for now - rumor has it, as well as backed up by a rather large AMD partner, that there will be no Polaris-based video cards from AMD partners at Computex. I also thought I'd talk with NVIDIA, who said that there will be a crap load of custom GTX 1080s at Computex, which is exciting - especially with things kicking off two weeks from now.
NVIDIA announced its GeForce GTX 1080 in the last 24 hours, with ZOTAC becoming the first AIB partner to release the GTX 1080 into the world.
The new GeForce GTX 1080 rocks the exciting 16nm FinFET-based GP104 GPU, 8GB of GDDR5X @ 10GHz, 2560 CUDA cores, and more. As for detailed specs, this is what you'll get:
- GPU: GeForce® GTX 1080
- CUDA cores: 2560
- Video Memory: 8GB GDDR5X
- Memory Bus: 256-bit
- Engine Clock Base: 1607 MHz
- Boost: 1733 MHz
- Memory Clock: 10000 MHz
- PCI Express 3.0
- Display Outputs: 3 x DisplayPort 1.4, HDMI 2.0b, DL-DVI
- HDCP Support: Yes
- Multi Display Capability: Quad Display
- Recommended Power Supply: 500W
- Power Consumption: 180W
- Power Input: 8-pin
- APIs: DirectX 12 API feature level 12_1, OpenGL 4.5
- Cooling: Blower
- Slot Size: Dual Slot
- SLI: Yes
- Supported OS: Windows 10 / 8 / 7 / Vista
- Card Length: 266.7mm x 111.15mm
- Accessories: Dual 6-pin to 8-pin PCIe adapter, Driver Disk, User Manual
We should expect the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 to hit shelves on May 27.
NVIDIA has just announced its new Pascal-based GeForce video cards, with the new GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 being unveiled a few hours ago in Austin, Texas.
We live-tweeted the entire thing, but now that I have some time in my hotel room to decompress, here's a quick rundown of what to expect from the new GTX 1080 and GTX 1070. There are only a few differences between the GTX 1080 and the GTX 1070, but boy is the GTX 1080 a freakin' monster.
NVIDIA has built the new GeForce 1000 series cards on the new 16nm FinFET process, with the new Pascal architecture making its debut in the consumer world alongside GDDR5X. GDDR5X is a huge improvement over GDDR5, arriving with a huge 10GHz clock speed - up from the 7GHz available from GDDR5. But what about tech specs?
We just reported on leaked benchmarks and details of the upcoming GeForce GTX 1080, but now we have some better confirmation of the cooler on the Pascal-based video card.
NVIDIA has recently updated its GeForce website, providing a new background that teased the new GeForce GTX 1080/1070 cooler design. The new 'Polygonal' cooler succeeds the NVTTM design, which we've been posting about for a while now.
The folks at VideoCardz picked it up and have the picture above. It's a sweet looking design, which reminds me of a racecar for some reason - and that is really getting my engine going.
NVIDIA is expected to unveil its next-gen GeForce GTX 1080 video card in the next 48 hours, with the latest rumor being quite exciting indeed - the GTX 1080 will reportedly rock 8GB of GDDR5X, at an insane 10GHz.
As it stands, the GeForce GTX 980 Ti has 6GB of GDDR5 (no X) at 7GHz. The last rumors stated the new card would hit 8GHz, but 10GHz provides around 320GB/sec of memory bandwidth - if the GTX 1080 keeps its 256-bit memory bus. If it's knocked up to 384-bit, well - then we should be very excited.
Not only that, but there are now leaked benchmarks teasing 3DMark 11 performance. The new GeForce GTX 1080 performed well in the 3DMark 11 Performance test at 720p, scoring 27,683 points - comparing this to overclocked GTX 980 Ti cards which score between 23,000 and 25,000 - that's not too bad at all. It's not the insane jump people were expecting, but this is the GTX 1080 and not the bigger GTX 1080 Ti that will find its way to reality in the future.
Monday's NVIDIA drivers prepared you for the Forza Motorsport 6: Apex beta which launches later today, and now AMD's drivers are doing the same.
Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.5.1 features up to 27% better performance in the highly anticipated racing title than what you'd see with 16.4.2 when using the R9 Fury X. If you don't own a Fury X, other cards should see similar increases.
NVIDIA's big reveal of its next-gen GeForce video cards is just days away, with the company teasing select members of the press with its 'Order of 10' mystery. What is the 'Order of 10' mystery you ask? Well, it's a teaser and countdown to the GeForce 1000 series reveal.
First off, some tech press received a mystery box that led them to the site orderof10.com, with a hexagon image with each side the equivalent of a piece puzzle. The site could be accessed by entering a code from the triangle that is found inside of the box, which was also sent to tech sites. The box has a '10' logo embedded on the front, with a single triangle with the code found inside.
GamersNexus found another link that led to a reveal countdown that ends on Friday, May 6. This is the day that NVIDIA will reportedly unveil its next-gen cards, but the puzzle is an interesting piece of marketing. The six pages on the site were: Collision, Structure, Circles, Compute, Vision, and Astronomy. Each puzzle leads to the next, solving the entire mystery.
Polaris might be the brightest point in the sky, but what about the GPU?
There's a tremendous amount of excitement surrounding the upcoming Polaris P10 and P11 GPUs, as there rightfully should be. This marks a sort of subtle change in direction for AMD for some time. If rumors are true about the size and relative expected raw power of these two chips, then neither represent a true successor to Fiji, but will instead be a faster an far more power efficient Hawaii, which still continues to grow its performance with additional driver releases.
But that doesn't necessarily mean an end to the "Big" Polaris debate, nor does it mean we won't be seeing the all-out performance infused chip that holds back nothing. It just means that AMD has found an underserved market at, perhaps, lower price-points that don't quite have the stuff to power good VR experiences and that might also be power hungry beasts. So what did they do? From the reports that we've been hearing, it seems like they aim to take on that mainstream market from the bottom up, potentially having completely new Polaris based cards in all segments.
That's a good thing because it adds a tremendous amount of choice and also pave the way for a much faster "Big" Polaris, or Vega, in the future. It's true that the mid-range and mainstream are probably the most sold cards out there. Not everyone can, or wants to, buy the top-end at $599 and above. It's not always the most sensible option. P11, though it may not be the Fiji and Titan X killer we want, most certainly can be faster, at a similar price point to the R9 390X and while using far less power.
NVIDIA's new 365.10 drivers are juicy, featuring performance enhancements for some big titles as well as some fresh SLI profiles.
The optimizations are for Battleborn and the Forza Motorsport 6: APEX, Overwatch, and Paragon betas. It's encouraging to see the games getting performance love this early; between this, another likely driver at launch, and more developer-side work, you probably don't have to worry about framerate or frame pacing.
As for SLI, new profiles are for Everybody's Gone to the Rapture, Gears of War Ultimate Edition, and Overwatch.
As ever, download the drivers through GeForce Experience.