Computer enthusiasts have a lot of reading ahead today as the NDA of the GeForce GTX 1080 expired minutes ago! A dozen of reviews of the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition hit the web, giving us a clear picture of how well the new Pascal architecture performs.
Lets take a look at what some of the big tech sites are saying about this card to get a grip of what we can expect. First up is AnandTech, they praise the card for setting new marks for overall performance and power efficiency. The reviewer notes that at 4K gaming, the GTX 1080 is about 30 percent faster than the GTX 980 Ti and around 70 percent faster than the GTX 980.
As the first high-end card of this generation to launch, NVIDIA gets to set the pace for the market. At the risk of being redundant the GTX 1080 is now the fastest single-GPU card on the market, and even at 4K it wins at every single gaming benchmark, typically by a good margin. In practice we’re looking at a 31% performance lead over GTX 980 Ti – the card the GTX 1080 essentially replaces – with a similar 32% lead over AMD’s Radeon R9 Fury X. Meanwhile against the slightly older GTX 980, that gap is 70%.
In terms of power consumption, a Crysis 3 test reveals the GTX 1080 consumes 20W more than a GTX 980 and 52W less than a GTX 980 Ti. This translates to about a 54 percent increase in energy efficiency and a card that runs at roughly the same temperatures and noise levels as the GTX 980.
TechPowerUp also praises the card for delivering a large performance jump and high power efficiency, describing it as twice as fast as the GTX 970 at 4K resolution and about 30 percent faster than the GTX 980 Ti. The site does complain that the new cooling solution doesn't seem to be a big improvement over the previous reference design, it still runs above 80°C during serious gaming, which means performance will be slightly reduced by Boost to keep temperatures in check. And while the GTX 1080 has a decent noise level, it's not as quiet as some of the custom design GTX 980 Ti cards, so improvement is still possible.
Our last stop is PC Perspective, they write the GTX 1080 pushes the envelope and forces competitors to work harder to keep up. In terms of performance there's not much new to add, the GTX 1080 is extremely fast, delivering performance that's at least 52 percent and sometimes even double as much as the old GTX 980. One of the biggest gripes perhaps is the added $100 for early adopters.
The GeForce GTX 1080 will start shipping on May 27th. The suggested retail pricing of this Founders Edition model will be $699, and for the promised $599 models you'll have to wait a couple of weeks longer. Actual pricing may be higher, depending on demand/supply and how NVIDIA's add-in board partners decide to position their cards.