Everything you need to know about NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080

On May 6, the new generation Pascal video cards from NVIDIA were shown. Many changes were made and the new TSMC process was used. In this article, we will tell you about the new graphics cards and compare them to the 900 line.

Appearance and cooling

What’s new?

The transition to a new technical process and a new microarchitecture made it possible to achieve a high operating frequency with a relatively low TDP level. So the frequency of the GTX 1080 in the stock is 1607 MHz, and in the GPU Boost 3.0 mode it is already 1733 MHz. The power consumption level does not exceed 180 W, which allows using 8-pin power.

The new cards are well adapted to virtual reality and rendering on multiple monitors, it is in these tasks that Pascal will reveal itself in all its glory and demonstrate its advantage over Maxwell.

Also presented were NVIDIA Ansel technologies for advanced screenshots and NVIDIA VRWorks Audio for creating realistic sound in VR (for more information on technologies, see the links).

comparison table

Comparison table of GTX 1080 and GTX 1070 with 9XX lineGTX 980GTX 980 TiGTX TITANXGTX 1070GTX 1080

Chip GM204 GM200 GM200 GP104 GP104
Technical process 28 Nm 28 Nm 28 Nm 16 Nm FinFET 16 Nm FinFET
Transistors, billion 5.2 8 8 7.2 7.2
CUDA 2048 2816 3072 1920 2560
Core frequency, MHz 1126 (1216) 1000 (1076) 1000 (1075) 1507 (1685) 1607 (1733)
Bus width, bit 256 384 384 256 256
Effective memory frequency, MHz 7012 7012 7012 8000 10000
Bandwidth, GByte / s 224 336.5 336.5 256 320
Nutrition 6 + 6 pin 6 + 8 pin 6 + 8 pin 8 pin 8 pin
TDP, W 165 250 250 150 180
Performance, GFLOPS (FP32) 4612 5632 6144 5783 8228
Price at the time of release 550 $ 650 $ 1000 $ 380 $ 600 $

This table reveals in some detail all the features and advantages of new cards, such as new process technology and type of video memory, GPU frequency. Even the GTX 1070 will be better at FP32 than the GTX TITAN X! In this case, the level of energy consumption will be significantly lower.

Now NVIDIA has a new king, the GeForce GTX 1080, replacing the GTX 980. The GTX 980 Ti has not yet taken its place, but the new TITAN is out now: NVIDIA TITAN X (yes, the name has not changed much).

We also advise you to read the article about mobile video cards NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080/1070.


I recommend you watch this video to evaluate the capabilities of the new GTX 1080 in games:

And here you can find out the results of synthetic tests and tests in games for this video card.

To summarize, the new model outstripped all single-chip products on the market in performance. So the advantage in some games over GTX Titan X reached up to 30% 40% in 4K resolution and at maximum settings! The GTX 1080 performed especially well in more difficult testing conditions (higher resolution, high-quality anti-aliasing). On average, the advantage over the GTX 980 at 1920 x 1080 resolution at maximum settings was around 50%, and the advantage over the 980 Ti was 20%.

And here is a similar video on GTX 1070:

The synthetics results can be found here, and the game tests are here.

Summarizing the test results, we can say that the card is somewhere on par with the GTX 980 Ti without overclocking. The superiority in 1920 x 1080 resolution at maximum settings over the GTX 970 averages 45%. Over GTX 980 with the same parameters 30%. As conditions become more difficult, this card increases its advantage. The lag behind the GTX 1080 is around 20% 25%.

What processor is needed to unleash a GTX 1080/1070?

To select the right processor, we used the technique described in our article on the necessary processors to open a video card.

I think everyone understands that the GTX 1080 is overkill for Full HD resolution. Therefore, we will choose a processor for a resolution of 2560 x 1440.
For a comfortable 60 FPS in almost all games at this resolution, an Intel Core i5-4670K with a frequency of 4 GHz should be enough. But to squeeze all the juice out of the video card, you need the most top-end processors from Intel, since in some games the video card passes the 100 frames per second mark. But in this case, a special monitor is also needed (to see these > 100 fps) with 120 Hz or 144 Hz hertz.

The GTX 1070 copes with Full HD with a bang and is great for 2560 x 1440, since in almost all games at this resolution and maximum settings it produces around 50-60 frames per second. This means that for this video card you will need the same Intel Core i5-4590 or the AMD FX-8300 overclocked to 4.5 GHz at 2560 x 1440. The same processors will work for 1920 x 1080, but the card in this resolution will be capable of more than 60 fps, and for full disclosure you need a monitor with increased hertz and a more powerful processor from Intel, which can cost a pretty penny.

Prices and release dates

The GeForce GTX 1080/1070 Founders Edition with a reference cooler will be priced at $ 700 / $ 450, and the version from other manufacturers will be $ 600 / $ 380. Goes on sale May 27 / June 10, 2016.

Write in the comments your opinion on NVIDIA cards, are they worth the money, would you take them, what video cards can be their competitors?

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