Why NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 is the one thing that you have been waiting all this long
Recently, NVIDIA made its biggest launch yet in the gaming world – its latest GPU, the GTX 1080. The officials claim that it is better than Titan X and would beat its performance by about 30%. The video card is available for $599 and the special founder’s edition is priced at $699. This is the golden time for PC gamers, who can now enjoy their games in the full glory of 4k resolution.
Once this beast of a GPU has been fitted on a computer, the games, and videos run super smooth, and look a lot better. The GTX 1080 has 7.2 billion transistors in a 314 square millimeter die. These features allow for a smaller and more densely packed GPU that runs cooler and is energy sufficient.
This new model of GPU is both cost and energy efficient. It uses 180W of power, smaller than GP100, and is perfectly designed for gaming. It can clock nine teraflops, which is simply impressive to say the least. It also runs at 1,607 MHz and comes with 8GBs of Micron’s new GDDR5X RAM. The GTX 1080 uses the latest Pascal GP104 architecture, which is incredibly fast and light in terms of performance. It runs like a horse without overloading itself.
The founder edition of GTX 1080 features three DisplayPort connections and one each of HDM1 and DVI socket. People can now play many games at a single time. If there are no ambitions beyond 1080p, then going for this card right now is the best option. For high-end visuals, the high dynamic range (HDR) displays are a must. The Pascal has hardware support for 12-bit color, BT.2020 wide color gamut, SMPTE 2084, and HDMI 2.0b/12b for 4K HDR.
GTX 1080 comes with new features like 4K at the rate of 60Hz 10/12b HEVC decode, and DisplayPort 1.4 ready HDR metadata transport. Most of the televisions are not capable of utilizing the capabilities of this GPU. To fully appreciate the beauty and picture quality that this GPU can produce, one needs an HDR television, which provide much better television experience than even 4K.
The setup for GTX 1080 is not very different when compared to other video cards. You should have enough room to place it in the case. It snaps right into the PCI-E slot and is powered by a single 8-pin power connector. GTX 1080 has simultaneous multi-projection (SMP) and allows geometry setup work to be done in a single pass. SMP can support up to 16 pre-configured projections, which allow for sharing of up to two projection centers. This enables developers to render both projections at the same time, which is something naive in the market right now. This feature also renders different viewports at lower resolutions. GTX 1080 can be twice as fast as Titan X.
NVIDA’s latest technology is a powerhouse that not only keeps pace with the likes of GTX 980 and Titan X, but outmatches them in every aspect. In the tests conducted by 3DMark Online, which compared GTX 1080’s performance against other top of the range GPUs, the 1080 came out at the top in 92-95 percent of the cases. In fact, it could be outperformed only when two or more 980 and 980 Ti cards were used together in SLI mode. That’s right, it makes multiple Titans to beat this workhorse.
In many benchmark tests that have already been run on the GPU, it has registered a much better FPS rate in comparison to the likes of the present top GPUs such as GTX 980, Titan X, and R9. Even at a stupendously high resolution of 4K, the GPU delivered consistently higher FPS of above 40 FPS, with games like Witcher 3, Fallout 4, and Hitman.
Then there is the matter of virtual reality games. Most of the VR devices run games at 1200×1080 pixel resolution. Further, in case of VRs, the games need to be at least 90 FPS to run smoothly. All of this is like a walk in the park for a GPU like GTX 1080. Presently, all the games designed for Virtual Reality run at a low resolution by gaming standards, and at higher FPS. So, the advent of GTX 1080 may probably start a new era of gaming for VRs, and inspire the designers of the next-gen VRs to fully exploit the graphics capabilities of this GPU.
If that happens, the next gen VR games will support 4K resolution, and mark a new milestone in VR itself.
GTX 1080 comes with overclocking capability. GTX 1080 from the Maxwell generation have typically hit 20-25 percent overclocks with relative ease. At default settings, you can let GTX 1080 run for about 25-30 minutes, as it uses the new version of EVGA’s Precision X16 software. It attempts to tune clocks to your particular card and GPU. The Precision X16 OC Scanner works by limiting the maximum overclock to 200MHz. It applies a static +200MHz across all voltages, which sort of defeats the point of tuning each voltage step in the first place.