Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 is about 30 percent faster than ‘stock’ 980 Ti

The Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 performs about 30 percent better in games at high resolutions than the GTX 980 Ti at stock speeds. This is evident from benchmarks and reviews from AnandTech, ArsTechnica and Hardware.Info, among others. The card has a suggested retail price of 789 euros.

AnandTech concludes in its publication that the GTX 1080 at 4k resolutions in games is about 31 percent faster than the GTX 980 Ti and 32 percent faster than the AMD Radeon R9 Fury X. The difference with the GTX 980 is 70 percent in the advantage of the new card. TechPowerUp’s performance index shows a similar gain. ArsTechnica speaks of a gain of 20 to 35 percent over the 980 Ti and Titan X.

The Nvidia GTX 1080 is by far the fastest single GPU to date, but still not fast enough to run the most recent games in 4k resolution at 60fps on the highest settings. With many games, however, the frame rate comes close and by turning down the graphics settings a bit, 60fps will be possible in many games in UHD resolution.

Benchmarks from the AnandTech and TechPowerUp reviews.

Incidentally, it should be noted that in all reviews so far the GTX 1080 is compared with the GTX 980 Ti at stock speed. Many of the GTX 980 Ti cards on the market have a considerably higher clocked GPU. Compared to such cards, the performance gain of the Founders Edition GTX 1080 is therefore less high.

Nvidia promised at the presentation that the GTX 1080 would be as fast as two GTX 980 cards in VR applications. The review by Hardware.Info shows that the card in 3D Mark manages to achieve a score that is close to the score of a GTX 980 sli setup. The various published reviews do not address the performance improvements in VR applications. To notice something of this, applications have to use the simultaneous multi-projection technique that Nvidia has devised for this and at the moment there are no such games yet.

TechPowerUp managed to achieve a practical gain of 12.8 percent with overclocking. The GPU was clocked at 2114MHz and the memory from 1250 to 1450MHz. Hardware.Info also reached the speed of 2.1GHz, but mentions that above that the system often crashes. The practice profit came in at 13.3 percent in 3DMark. ArsTechnica also experienced problems with the overclocking software, but this is due to its prerelease status. Ars achieves a GPU speed of about 2GHz.

All published reviews are based on a Founders Edition of the GTX 1080. This is Nvidia’s new name for video cards with the reference design. Almost all manufacturers have now announced such a version of the GTX 1080. Variants with custom pcb, custom cooler and often higher clock speeds, will be announced later.

The GTX 1080 Founders Edition will be available from May 27 and will have a suggested retail price of 789 euros in Europe. Later, manufacturers will come up with modified models, which should also be cheaper. It is not yet known when these will appear.

Nvidia has not yet announced any new information about the GeForce GTX 1070. This cheaper video card was briefly mentioned during the introduction. The 1070 also has a GP104 GPU of the Pascal generation, but gets regular gddr5 memory. The processing power is 6.5 tflops, while the GTX 1080 is higher with 9 tflops. Starting June 10, a Founders Edition of the GTX 1070 will be available for $449. Custom PCB variants will start at $379. Converted including VAT, this amounts to approximately 477 and 402 euros.