Nvidia's GTX 1080 GPU has 9 teraflops of compute power

8:55:00 PM Dick Wyn Yong 0 Comments

The day has finally arrived. About 2 years since Nvidia announced that the Pascal architecture, the end product is finally hitting the markets. The company is calling it the GTX 1080 and just as expected, the new flagship graphics card from Nvidia will be capable of toying around with all the new VR gaming experiences with headsets like the Oculus Rift

Nvidia says, the company has put a lot of effort (with thousands of engineers working on this project) to improve both the power and performance of the Pascal architecture. At the core of the GTX 1080 is the brand new Pascal GPU that is based off the 16nm FinFET process and that is paired with 8GB of Micron's GDDR5X memory that will certainly not bottleneck the speed that the new Pascal GPU is running at.

Nvidia GTX 1080 Key Specifications:
- 2,560 CUDA Cores
- 1.607GHz core clock
- 1.773GHZ boost clock
- 8GB GDDR5X memory @ 10Gbps
- Display Port 1.4
- HDMI 2.0b
- 180W TDP
- 111.2 x 266.7mm

In terms of raw power, the new GTX 1080 that is more powerful than the current GTX Titan X while being 3x more power efficient thanks to the new Pascal architecture. In practice, Nvidia says the air cooled GTX 1080 can run at 2GHz while retaining the temperature at 67-degrees. That might not sound that amazing but such a performance could only achieved with Maxwell GPU cooled with liquid nitrogen.

What's the price for this GPU that can crunch out 9 terflops of computer power? Well, Nvidia says the GXT 1080 will start at $599 for the regular model and there is also a special edition of called the GTX 1080 Founders Edition which will set you back $699. But if that doesn't impress you, Nvidia also showed off the GTX 1070 which is a slightly affordable option at $379. With 6.5 teraflops of compute power, the 1070 is still more powerful than the Titan X at a fraction of the cost. The downside is that it is not using Micron's new GDDR5X memory and uses the usual GDDR5 memory instead.

Learn more about the GTX 1080 here and head over to the source link to check out what else Nvidia announced today