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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Review - Hail to the King, Baby

By: Anthony Garreffa | NVIDIA GeForce GPU in Video Cards | Posted: May 17, 2016 1:00 pm
TweakTown Rating: 95%Manufacturer: NVIDIA

Detailed Look

 

NVIDIA dialed the look of the GeForce GTX 1080 up to '10' with the first consumer Pascal-based GeForce video card, using a redesigned vapor chamber and fan for cool and quiet operation. NVIDIA morphed the design of the cooler into a slick-as-hell looking polygonal shroud (which looks just awesome in person, and even pictures) as well as a backplate being used for heat dissipation. It doubles as a premium look for the card, providing huge overclocking headroom and super-quiet operation while gaming.

 

Now, let's take a look at, and around the GeForce GTX 1080 video card.

 

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The front of the GeForce GTX 1080 is where all the action is, with the polygonal shroud and GTX 1080 branding. To the right, we have the blower-style fan which will be excellent for multi-GPU systems.

 

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On the back of the card, NVIDIA has made the backplate smaller and stamped in some more GeForce GTX 1080 branding to the right. I seriously love the design of the card, front and back - but the back especially looks slick.

 

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On top of the GeForce GTX 1080, we have the usual GeForce branding and one of the most impressive things about the new GP104-powered video card: a single 8-pin PCIe power connector! Yes, only one of them!

 

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Display connectivity stays the same, with 3 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI and 1 x DVI.

 

 

Specifications

 

The GeForce GTX 1080 is the fastest video card NVIDIA has ever made and it is the fastest single GPU in the world. It's a tour de force of technology, craftsmanship, and magical pixie dust. We have nine TFLOPs of performance, 8GB of insanely fast GDDR5X memory, 2560 CUDA cores, and a 16nm FinFET GPU that is insanely fast; something you'll see in a few pages time during our benchmarks.

 

 

We also have 64 ROPs, 160 TMUs, and 257 GTexels/s of texture fillrate power. The GPU is clocked at 1607MHz by default and has a Boost clock of 1734MHz. There's a tremendous opportunity to overclock the GTX 1080, but I'll be leaving that to an entirely separate article, as it deserves its own time, love, and care.

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