There have been many months of speculation and anticipation pertaining to the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 and the company finally launched their latest GPU to the world. It is a much better piece of technology that you can place into your computer’s system than what its predecessors, and most especially a lot of its rivals, can handle.
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is Nothing to Laugh About
The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 is a major leap forward for the company known for making quality graphics processing units. The firm has been using a 28-nanometer (nm) fabrication process (fab) for their GPUs ever since the year 2012. This particular process spanned two generation of architecture, and it has been used in Kepler and Maxwell. This latest model has a smaller fab size that also makes use of the FinFET 3D transistor technology. This makes for a smaller, more densely-packed GPU which is able to run cooler and is also more energy efficient.
In comparison, the GTX Titan X, which is the company’s former flagship graphics unit, featured 8-billion transistors that are packed inside a 601-square millimeter die. This latest GPU packs in 7.2-billion transistors that are all located in a 314-square millimeter die. What do these mean in layman’s terms? It simply means that the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 GPU is fast.
The GTX 1080 has a base clock speed of 1.61 GHz that boosts as much as 1.75 GHz (and even beyond with the use of overclocking). This is much higher than anything the company has ever pulled off before. It is even coupled with 8GB of GDDR5X memory which is running at 10 gigabits-per-second. In other words, this graphics card is a speed demon on its own right. It is able to compress more data better, it can render better, and it even has a better introduction video than its predecessors.
There is much hype going on with the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080, and it should be. It deserves all the praise even as Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Hsang revealed it on stage at a special event that took place earlier this month. The CEO unveiled that the Pascal architecture behind their latest offering has been in the works for several years now. There was even a research and development budget that figured in the billions. There is no other company that would spend so much time, effort, and money in holding up a product on stage and telling everyone that it can produce “okay” results.