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

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

NVIDIA's hit an insane home run with its next-gen GeForce GTX 1080 video card. How good? Come and take a look at the benchmarks!

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Anthony Garreffa
Published Tue, May 17 2016 8:00 AM CDT   |   Updated Thu, Jul 30 2020 4:20 PM CDT
Rating: 95%Manufacturer: NVIDIA

Introduction & New Technology

Welcome, To The New World

Welcome to our review of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 'Founder's Edition'. This is the start of a new review process for us, where we won't be unnecessarily filling every page with huge introductions and walls of text. Instead, we're going to begin condensing our video card reviews slightly. I've wanted to do this for a while, as it means you'll get the information you want - and only what you want - quicker, and it'll flow better. So let's dive right in.

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VIEW GALLERY - 65 IMAGES

Because the GeForce GTX 1080 is such an exciting, game-changing video card, I've retested all of my video cards with the latest drivers. I normally do this, but I've gone through all resolutions (1920x1080, 2560x1440, and 3840x2160) with UltraWide (3440x1440) to arrive shortly after the review goes live. I'll also be following the GTX 1080 review up with some VR benchmarks and thoughts, as NVIDIA has placed quite a number of bets into VR with the new GeForce GTX 1080 video card.

NVIDIA flew out the major press, reviewers, and YouTubers to Austin, Texas for the reveal of the new GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 earlier this month, unveiling three new video cards: the GeForce GTX 1080 Founder's Edition (the one we have here today), the GTX 1080, and the GTX 1070. The new cards are all powered by the 16nm FinFET-based GP104 GPU, with its new Pascal architecture making everything come to life.

The top of the line GTX 1080 features GDDR5X memory that Micron has just pushed into mass production while the GTX 1070 is slower with its GDDR5 memory. The GTX 1080 Founder's Edition has an MSRP of $699, while the GTX 1080's MSRP is $599, and the GTX 1070 is at a sweet spot of just $379. We won't have our GTX 1070 until early next month, just as we're walking around Computex 2016 in Taipei.

New Technology

NVIDIA doesn't just have the new Pascal architecture here, as the company has pushed through quite a few new tricks with the GeForce GTX 1080. We have four things to talk about, all which NVIDIA unveiled during the big event in Austin, Texas for the GeForce GTX 1080.

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These four things are: new art form, new sound, new king, and new tech.

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First off, we have 'the art of in-game photography', which turned out to be Ansel.

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Ansel is made up of five things, with one of the most exciting things being the free camera that allows you to navigate the world and take photos, including 360-degree shots.

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Ansel will soon be available for a bunch of games, including The Division, The Witcher 3, and Unreal Tournament.

VRWorks Audio - The Next Generation of VR Audio is Here!

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VRWorks Audio is something truly impressive, as it allows for path-traced audio which seriously amps up the immersion factor in VR.

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VR Funhouse was a big part of VRWorks Audio, as it uses PhysX to recreate the funhouse/carnival experience in VR using various NVIDIA technologies.

The Marvels of Pascal

The new GeForce GTX 1080 isn't just a new video card; it's five parts that have come together at the right time to form the best video card ever created.

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These five parts include the new Pascal architecture, the impressive 16nm FinFET process, GDDR5X memory, NVIDIA's great craftsmanship, and a new technology.

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The craftsmanship side of things has the GTX 1080 using less power and more stable power consumption thanks to the various technologies like 16nm FinFET.

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The GeForce GTX 1080 is the new king, especially when it comes to VR performance - something we'll be looking at in the near future.

There's a Display Revolution!

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This is one of the most exciting parts of the display side for me, with NVIDIA pushing its expertise into the display side of things. We have some improvements to Surround Gaming, VR, and more. When it comes to the Surround side of things, NVIDIA is now making Surround gaming much more appealing by introducing something it calls Simultaneous Multi-Projection. What the HELL is that you ask?

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It's something that corrects the warped image of multi-monitor gaming, where there's usually warping at the bezels of the monitor - but with the new Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, this is a thing of the past.

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This is a corrected image, using Simultaneous Multi-Projection - a damn good improvement, eh?

16nm FinFET, GDDR5X & DP1.4/HDMI 2.0b

16nm FinFET... PHWOAR

Guys - this is where the massive increase is, the impressive new 16nm FinFET process that NVIDIA used on the GeForce GTX 1080. TSMC is the company manufacturing the GP104 GPUs on their 16nm FinFET node, and it's beyond good. The GeForce GTX 1080 and its GP104 GPU has more transistors, can have its clock speed cranked far higher, and with it improved power efficiency. Mixing this into a huge bowl with NVIDIA's new Pascal architecture, and you have the most exciting video card ever released.

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We've been sitting on the 28nm node for five years now, and while both AMD and NVIDIA have squeezed more than we thought possible from the 28nm node, it's about time we moved on. The 16nm FinFET process is an incredible step, and if the GTX 1080 is just the beginning of that, we're positively excited to see what the future holds for video cards with 14nm/16nm technology.

GDDR5X... DOUBLE PHWOAR

In the months leading up to the GeForce GTX 1080 launch, most people thought NVIDIA would be using HBM1 or HBM2 memory - and in the end, the company went with neither. Instead, NVIDIA opted for Micron's new GDDR5X memory.

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GDDR5X offers quite a significant increase in bandwidth over GDDR5, with GDDR5 hitting a huge brick wall at around 7Gbps and now GDDR5X reaching 10Gbps of bandwidth. Even with its relatively small 256-bit memory bus, the GeForce GTX 1080 still pumps 320GB/sec of memory bandwidth. Also, the GTX 1080 has 43% more memory bandwidth than the GTX 980, and if we take into consideration the architectural improvements that Pascal provides with memory compression, the GTX 1080 has around 1.7x the effective memory bandwidth compared to the GTX 980.

DisplayPort 1.4 & HDMI 2.0b Allow for 8K 60Hz, and 4K 120Hz

DisplayPort 1.4 and HDMI 2.0b are super exciting, as they'll allow for higher resolution displays, as well as even higher refresh rates. DP1.3/1.4 is capable of powering 4K 120Hz, up from the 4K 60Hz standard right now. Even more so, DP1.3/1.4 will enable 5K @ 60Hz (which right now requires two DP cables), and 8K 60Hz (with two cables).

The GeForce GTX 1080 has 3 x DP connectors, 1 x HDMI 2.0b and a dual-link DVI connector, with the GTX 1080 capable of running four displays simultaneously. Not only that, but we have HDR support on the GTX 1080, as well as video encoding and decoding. Pascal supports HDR video (4K@60 10/12b HECV Decode), HDR record/stream (4K@60 10b HECV Encode), and HDR Interface Support (DP1.4).

What Is The Founders Edition?

NVIDIA Founder's Edition - what's up with that?

When NVIDIA announced the new GeForce GTX 1080, the company unveiled the new GTX 1080 Founders Edition, leaving many of us, press included, scratching our heads. So, what is the Founders Edition exactly?

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The Founders Edition is a GeForce GTX 1080 designed and built by NVIDIA, with NVIDIA engineers opting to use premium materials and components. The GTX 1080 Founders Edition is made using a die cast aluminum body and low-profile backplate (a huge win over the chunky backplate of the Titan X, for example), all machine finished and heat treated for strength and rigidity, says NVIDIA.

NVIDIA's new thermal solution on the GTX 1080 Founders Edition was "designed to maintain consistent performance even in the most thermally challenging environments, including multi-GPU setups and small form factor chassis". NVIDIA continued, explaining that the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition was "built around a radial fan with advanced vapor chamber cooling" and "moves all heated air outside the chassis. A metal base plate on top of low profile components provides clean air channels for the best thermal performance and acoustics".

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The GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition was "designed with a low impedance power delivery network, custom voltage regulators and a 5-phase dual-FET power supply optimized for clean power delivery". NVIDIA has redesigned the power supply on the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, from a 4-phase to a 5-phase dual-FET design. The card is built for the best bandwidth, phase balancing, and acoustics.

NVIDIA was able to increase the power efficiency of the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition by 6% compared to the GTX 980, with peak-to-peak voltage noise reduced from 209mV to 120mV, allowing for much improved overclocking.

All in all, the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition is a beautiful card packed with top notch design, looks, and performance.

Detailed Look & Specifications

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.

Testing Methodology & Test Setup Configuration

Testing Method

For the purposes of testing the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, and for all future GPU reviews and articles, we've changed up our benchmark suite. I've removed Battlefield 4, GRID: Autosport, BioShock: Infinite, and Grand Theft Auto V. In their place, I've got Far Cry Primal and The Division.

I've also added in some DX12 testing, with Hitman and Ashes of the Singularity. This will provide us with enough variety, but I'm on the hunt for new benchmarks all the time. The second that Battlefield 1 drops, we'll be including that in our GPU reviews, while I'll also be keeping an eye out on the release of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided.

Test System Configuration

Corsair sent us over their kick-ass AX1500i PSU, which provides 1500W of power for our 3 and 4-way GPU testing that we have coming very soon.

Anthony's Video Card Test System Specifications

Benchmarks - Synthetic

3DMark Fire Strike - 1080p

3DMark has been a staple benchmark for years now, all the way back to when The Matrix was released and Futuremark had bullet time inspired benchmarks. 3DMark is the perfect tool to see if your system - most important, your CPU and GPU - is performing as it should. You can search results for your GPU, to see if it falls in line with other systems based on similar hardware.

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3DMark Fire Strike Extreme - 1440p

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3DMark Fire Strike Ultra - 4K (3840x2160)

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For our first benchmark, the GeForce GTX 1080 completely lays the smackdown onto everything else on the charts. We're looking at 21,483 in 3DMark FireStrike, compared to just 12,686 on the GTX 980 - so when NVIDIA says we have GTX 980 SLI-level performance, we really are at that level.

Heaven - 1080p

Heaven is an intensive GPU benchmark that really pushes your silicon to its limits. It's another favorite of ours as it has some great scaling for multi-GPU testing, and it's great for getting your GPU to 100% for power and noise testing.

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Heaven - 1440p

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Heaven - 4K (3840x2160)

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The same domination continues in Heaven, where the GTX 1080 pumps away at 150FPS at 1080p compared to 95FPS on the GTX 980 - the Fury X scores 91FPS in Heaven, a far cry from the GTX 1080.

Shifting gears into 4K with Heaven we have the GTX 1080 with 37FPS, compared to 27FPS on the Fury X and just 23FPS on the GTX 980.

Benchmarks @ 1080p

1080p Benchmarks

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Far Cry Primal is a game built on the impressive Dunia Engine 2 with wide open, beautiful environments. It might look stunning, but the performance is actually quite good - but most cards will be stressed at 1440p, and especially so at 4K and beyond.

You can buy Far Cry Primal at Amazon.

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Tom Clancy's The Division is one of the best looking games on the market, build with the beautiful Snowdrop engine. It's an RPG, including some awesome PvP multiplayer, and some of the best graphics on the market. It really stresses systems out, especially at 4K, making it perfect to test with our various video cards.

You can buy The Division at Amazon, and you can read our full review here.

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We recently changed over to Metro: Last Light Redux, with developer 4A Games making the Redux version of Metro: Last Light the 'definitive' version of the game. Redux had a fresh coat of paint on the already impressive 4A Engine, and it really pushes our GPUs to their limits.

You can buy Metro: Last Light Redux at Amazon.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is one of the most graphically intensive games we test, with Monolith using their own Lithtech engine to power the game. When cranked up to maximum detail, it will chew through your GPU and its VRAM like it's nothing.

You can buy Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor at Amazon.

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Thief has been around for quite a while now, with the latest version of the first-person stealth game powered by Epic Games' older Unreal Engine 3. While it's old, it has some great multi-GPU scaling that we use to test out our various GPU setups.

You can buy Thief at Amazon.

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Tomb Raider is still such a gorgeous game, with developer Crystal Dynamics using their own 'Foundation' engine to build Lara Croft into the new world. One of the best parts about Tomb Raider is the absolutely stellar multi-GPU scaling, so this is an important test to see how well our NVIDIA GeForce SLI and AMD Radeon Crossfire setups scale.

You can buy Tomb Raider at Amazon.

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Benchmarks @ 1440p

1440p Benchmarks

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Far Cry Primal is a game built on the impressive Dunia Engine 2 with wide open, beautiful environments. It might look stunning, but the performance is actually quite good - but most cards will be stressed at 1440p, and especially so at 4K and beyond.

You can buy Far Cry Primal at Amazon.

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Tom Clancy's The Division is one of the best looking games on the market, build with the beautiful Snowdrop engine. It's an RPG, including some awesome PvP multiplayer, and some of the best graphics on the market. It really stresses systems out, especially at 4K, making it perfect to test with our various video cards.

You can buy The Division at Amazon, and you can read our full review here.

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We recently changed over to Metro: Last Light Redux, with developer 4A Games making the Redux version of Metro: Last Light the 'definitive' version of the game. Redux had a fresh coat of paint on the already impressive 4A Engine, and it really pushes our GPUs to their limits.

You can buy Metro: Last Light Redux at Amazon.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is one of the most graphically intensive games we test, with Monolith using their own Lithtech engine to power the game. When cranked up to maximum detail, it will chew through your GPU and its VRAM like it's nothing.

You can buy Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor at Amazon.

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Thief has been around for quite a while now, with the latest version of the first-person stealth game powered by Epic Games' older Unreal Engine 3. While it's old, it has some great multi-GPU scaling that we use to test out our various GPU setups.

You can buy Thief at Amazon.

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Tomb Raider is still such a gorgeous game, with developer Crystal Dynamics using their own 'Foundation' engine to build Lara Croft into the new world. One of the best parts about Tomb Raider is the absolutely stellar multi-GPU scaling, so this is an important test to see how well our NVIDIA GeForce SLI and AMD Radeon Crossfire setups scale.

You can buy Tomb Raider at Amazon.

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Benchmarks @ 4K

4K Benchmarks

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Far Cry Primal is a game built on the impressive Dunia Engine 2 with wide open, beautiful environments. It might look stunning, but the performance is actually quite good - but most cards will be stressed at 1440p, and especially so at 4K and beyond.

You can buy Far Cry Primal at Amazon.

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Tom Clancy's The Division is one of the best looking games on the market, build with the beautiful Snowdrop engine. It's an RPG, including some awesome PvP multiplayer, and some of the best graphics on the market. It really stresses systems out, especially at 4K, making it perfect to test with our various video cards.

You can buy The Division at Amazon, and you can read our full review here.

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We recently changed over to Metro: Last Light Redux, with developer 4A Games making the Redux version of Metro: Last Light the 'definitive' version of the game. Redux had a fresh coat of paint on the already impressive 4A Engine, and it really pushes our GPUs to their limits.

You can buy Metro: Last Light Redux at Amazon.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is one of the most graphically intensive games we test, with Monolith using their own Lithtech engine to power the game. When cranked up to maximum detail, it will chew through your GPU and its VRAM like it's nothing.

You can buy Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor at Amazon.

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Thief has been around for quite a while now, with the latest version of the first-person stealth game powered by Epic Games' older Unreal Engine 3. While it's old, it has some great multi-GPU scaling that we use to test out our various GPU setups.

You can buy Thief at Amazon.

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Tomb Raider is still such a gorgeous game, with developer Crystal Dynamics using their own 'Foundation' engine to build Lara Croft into the new world. One of the best parts about Tomb Raider is the absolutely stellar multi-GPU scaling, so this is an important test to see how well our NVIDIA GeForce SLI and AMD Radeon Crossfire setups scale.

You can buy Tomb Raider at Amazon.

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Benchmarks - DX12 & VR

This is our new section for video card reviews, with DX12 and VR becoming a huge deal over the course of the last 12 months. We have just a handful of DX12 tests right now, so expect this section of the site and our reviews to grow considerably over the coming months.

The same goes for VR, where we have both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in house now. We will be testing VRMark for now, which is in Preview form, as well as our thoughts on VR gaming on the HTC Vive with the new GeForce GTX 1080 video card.

DirectX 12 Performance

We have now tested Hitman and Ashes of the Singularity with DirectX 12, with some impressive results from NVIDIA's latest video card.

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VR on the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080

We have just finished the review on the GeForce GTX 1080, but the HTC Vive is connected and ready to go. Expect an article dedicated on VR with the new Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1080 in the next couple of days!

Power, Temperature & Noise

The GeForce GTX 1080 Merely Sips Power

Gone are the days of power hungry video cards, where you were looking at it using 250-300W without a problem. The new GeForce GTX 1080 only requires 180W of power, with our entire system with a Core i7-5960X processor, using 230W. A remarkable feat.

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Comparing this to the GTX 980 which used 15W more at 245W, the GTX 980 Ti with 305W, and the Titan X with 315W.

Temperature & Noise

We ran into absolutely no overheating GeForce GTX 1080, with a good amount of heat, but not over the top, compared to something like the Titan X, which gets seriously warm. The thinner backplate on the back of the GTX 1080 makes it much easier to remove out of the system, and is nice and smooth to the touch when you're installing, or removing the card.

We will be following up this review with a more detailed look at the temperature and noise in our upcoming article on overclocking the GeForce GTX 1080.

What Our Friends Think & Final Thoughts

What Our Friends Think

This is a new section of our video card reviews, where we include some thoughts and videos from our friends in the industry. We're not all about 'you should read TweakTown and TweakTown only'. Remember, we're fans of other sites and personalities, especially me - I'm a huge fan of most of these guys, as I grew up reading and watching their stuff - and pinch myself every day that I'm now doing this for a living.

JayzTwoCents

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Linus Tech Tips

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Hardware Canucks

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Hardware Canucks - Twitter

Hardware Canucks - Facebook

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Gamers Nexus

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Paul's Hardware

Paul's Hardware - YouTube

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PC Perspective

GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition Review

PC Perspective - Website

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It's So Good, It's Like NVIDIA Has Hacks Turned On

The GeForce GTX 1080 is an incredible card; it's almost like NVIDIA has hacks turned on. I feel like I need to question how they were able to do this, but it's the holy trinity of technology that has allowed NVIDIA to make such a gigantic leap with the GTX 1080.

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First, we have the mouth-watering new 16nm FinFET process, the next-gen Pascal architecture, and then the new GDDR5X technology from Micron. All of these technologies allow NVIDIA to leap frog AMD in such a big way that it's almost embarrassing. The GTX 980 Ti and Titan X are nothing to GTX 1080, which just destroys them in everything - 1080p, 1440p, 4K, and even VR. Nothing steps in the way of the GTX 1080.

When AMD launched the Radeon R9 Fury X with its HBM1 technology, this is how I expected to feel. Blown away. Surprised. Excited. Yet, I wasn't - the R9 Nano was an amazing card, and still is - but the new GeForce GTX 1080 is just unbelievable.

Final Thoughts

The GeForce GTX 1080 is the most exciting video card in years, blending the new 16nm FinFET process and next-gen Pascal architecture into an amazing mix of GPU technology. Right behind those two exciting factors of the GTX 1080 is the 8GB of GDDR5X that NVIDIA has used on the GTX 1080 alone, with the GTX 1070 powered by the cheaper, slower GDDR5 technology.

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All three of these technologies are infused together for the GeForce GTX 1080, a card that not only has more performance than every other single-GPU video card on the market, it uses far less power. We have a card on our hands that used just 230W of power, which I have to highlight as incredible, compared to the Titan X and its 315W and the Radeon R9 Fury X with its 300W of power consumption.

We also have a huge improvement to the VR side of things, with VR Works Audio and improved rendering in VR for additional performance - something that truly makes it the new monster VR video card. We have a GTX 980 Ti here in the labs and it powers my HTC Vive setup, and in the coming days and weeks I'll be shifting over to the GTX 1080 and seeing how the performance and VR experience is amplified from the new GTX 1080.

Something that NVIDIA made a big deal about with the new GeForce GTX 1080 is that it had some impressive overclocking headroom on both the GPU and GDDR5X. Instead of having a single page for the OC results, we're going to be following up with a smaller article that looks at the overclocking experience, performance and results on the GTX 1080. NVIDIA has teased the GPU is capable of 2GHz+ on the GTX 1080 Founders Edition, so I'm expecting somewhere in the vicinity, with a nice boost in performance.

I've known for a while now that whatever Pascal-based GeForce video card that NVIDIA released would kick ass, but by this much? The new GeForce GTX 1080 is an absolute monster of a video card, completely beating down everything in its path, including the HBM1-based Radeon R9 Fury X from AMD. We tested the more mid-range R9 390X 8GB, and the GTX 1080 beat it down for its lunch money like a bully in the school yard. There's nothing that can take on the GTX 1080, not even the $999 beast in the form of the Titan X.

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But, it's not all about brute performance and speed. The GeForce GTX 1070 with its 8GB of GDDR5 (not the GDDR5X found on the GTX 1080) will be the big seller while the GTX 1080 will become the new GTX 980 Ti/Titan X. The GTX 970 was a massive hit, and still is one of the best cards you can buy - with this going back to the GTX 770, GTX 670, and so on. The expensive card is usually 15-30% faster, but also rocks a 50%+ increase in price.

AMD is not going to be able to compete against the GeForce GTX 1080, and that's not a bad thing. AMD's upcoming Polaris 10 GPU will reportedly be powering a slew of new mid-range video cards that will be priced at under $299. At this price point, AMD has nothing to worry about with the GTX 1080 because NVIDIA's latest and greatest is a smaller part of the market compared to the high-end/enthusiast market.

All in all, NVIDIA has absolutely blown the doors off of the GPU game with the GeForce GTX 1080. This is the card you've been waiting for, especially if you skipped over the GTX 980 Ti. With our whole system using 230W, running silently, and pushing through games at up to 4K and VR, the GTX 1080 is an incredible new video card that deserves all the attention it gets.

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Performance (overclocking, power)95%
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General Features (display outputs, etc)95%
Bundle, Packaging & Software95%
Value for Money95%
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The Bottom Line: NVIDIA is here to kick ass and chew bubblegum with the GeForce GTX 1080, and it's definitely not all out of gum. The GTX 1080 is a tour de force of technology, engineering, herbs and spices and a shot of whiskey. It's bloody amazing.

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Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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