A New King.
While AMD Radeon Technologies Group (or Raja Technology Group, if you excused) has been making a lot of noise with the upcoming Polaris GPU, Nvidia is much more quiet. However, it’s not actually because Nvidia doesn’t have anything spectacular to show off. Perhaps they just want to surprise us (and AMD) with the performance of Pascal GPU Architecture. Nvidia’s CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang presented that GTX 1080 offers gaming performance beyond what Geforce GTX Titan X can offer while keeping the power consumption just slightly higher than Geforce GTX 980. A tremendous achievement!
The new Geforce GTX 1080p will be launched on May 27 with the price of $599. It uses a GP104 Pascal GPU with 2560 cores, a 1.60GHz base clock (1.73GHz boost clock) and 8GB of GDDR5X Memory clocked effectively at 10 GT/s giving it a memory bandwidth of 320 GB/s. Single-precision floating point performance is 9 TFLOPS which is significantly higher than Geforce GTX Titan X which offers 6 TFLOPS.
In addition, Geforce GTX 1070 will be launched on June 10 with price of $379. Packs similar GP104 GPU but with lower stream processor count at
2048 1920 (25% lower). The memory configuration is also different because GTX 1080 still using GDDR5 memory. The capacity is the same at 8GB but the effective memory bandwidth is lower at 256 GB/s (or around that). The single-precision floating point performance is 6.5 TFLOPS which is still higher than Geforce GTX Titan X but I doubt it will perform faster than GTX Titan X due to the lower memory bandwidth (Titan X has 336 GB/s memory bandwidth). I think GTX 1070 will perform close to GTX 980 Ti but won’t surpass it.
The two Graphics Card are already beyond the minimum requirement for VR, perhaps twice more powerful than the minimum requirement specs. GTX 1070 seems to be very sweet at its $379 price tag. Perhaps it will be the card that most people will be looking for. Nvidia did not only increase their GPU performance, but also keep the power consumption at reasonable level.
Seeing how good Geforce GTX 1080 and 1070 specs on paper makes doubt that AMD’s RTG can offer better with their Polaris architecture. Early rumor mentioned that Polaris won’t be faster than GTX 980 Ti and some others mentioned that it will perform close to Radeon R9 390X. That means Polaris won’t give us a breakthrough when it comes to performance. So, let’s just wait until the two released and pick which one is better for our budget.