A few days ago was NVidia’s event that saw the launch of their latest and greatest GeForce graphics cards GTX1080 and GTX1070. These new cards are based on the Pascal architecture which, as NVidia claims will have twice the processing power and speed compared to their previous GTX Titan X while being thrice more efficient. This new architecture is a step up and the replacement of the previous Maxwell platform architecture that we see in the GeForce GTX980 cards. But what do you get from this new Pascal architecture other than more power and more efficiency?
The new Pascal architecture is designed on a 16hm manufacturing process from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC)which makes transistors even smaller than before. Like bofore, when things get smaller you can fit more of the same things on one plate. Same principle here then for NVidia; for the GTX1080 they managed to fit 7.2 billion transistors on one Graphics Processor which gives it the power and also adds on to the efficiency. The new Pascal design also takes advantage of the upgraded 4GB GDDR5 memory module the 8GB GDDR5X which allows better and more efficient use of the module by 1.7 times; meaning more speed as well for the card. With the Pascal design also cards can run at a higher clock rate at 1700MHz while consuming less power than their previous Maxwell cards. As we know with graphics cards, the faster you run it the better it is and with that kind of processing power you can bet your next generation games will look superb while your other graphical dependent applications will run smoother and better than before. Another noteworthy feature that comes with the GTX1080 is the improved VR experience. While boasting better Virtual Reality (VR) graphics than before they have added VR audio drivers to ensure full immersive experience in the VR world of your choice. To enchance this VR experience even further by allowing you to play with physics through your controller by accurately representing your interactions in the VR world.
Not much are mentioned regarding the GTX1070 though but we are expecting more information regarding it to surface in the coming days. The GeForce GTX1080 is touted to be on sale starting 27th May at US$699 (MYR2,814) through the usual manufacturing partners with custom boards with prices starting from US$599 (MYR2,412) while the GTX1070 “Founders Edition” will be on sale from 10th of June onwards at US$449 (MYR1,808). There will be custom boards from the usual manufacturing partners with prices starting from US$379 (MYR1,526) at release.