Nvidia shows off Pascal GPU

nvidiaNvidia has unveiled its next-generation Pascal-based GeForce GPUs.

Dubbed the GeForce GTX 1080 and GeForce GTX 1070, the pair of chips are based around Nvidia’s Pascal 16nm FinFET technology.  They are similar to Nvidia’s high-end data centre Tesla P100 processing engine but geared for the consumer gaming market.

The GP104 GPU at the heart of the new GeForce cards has eight billion transistors and features a 256-bit memory interface with 8GB of Micron GDDR5X graphics memory on the GeForce GTX 1080. The GTX 1070 uses standard GDDR5.

The GeForce GTX 1080 hit 2.1GHz at one point during the demonstration and Nvidia is not talking about the GTX 1070 clockspeed.

Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang claimed the new GeForce GTX 1080 is faster than a pair of GeForce GTX 980 cards in SLI and the company’s very expensive Titan X graphics card but at half the price.

The new GeForce GTX 1080 will be offered in two versions, a standard card for  $599 or an overclockable Founders Edition for $699. The standard GTX 1070 will cost at $379, while a Founders Edition will be priced at $449. Availability for the GTX 1080 will be in the shops on 27 May and the GTX 1070 for 10 June.