EVGA GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition Review


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In September 2015 Nvidia released its latest the line of Maxell based GTX 900 series cards. The new GTX 980 took the industry by storm. It was not long before enthusiasts were starting to wonder when the Pascal series of cards would be released. It has taken twenty-one long months, but that wait is finally over.

Pascal is a direct evolution of Maxwell, but it is manufactured on a new 16nm process versus the 28nm process that was used with both Maxwell and Kepler. Like the rest of the GTX 100 series, the GTX 1080 is a bit different from the GTX 980 it replaces. The raster operations pipelines count has been unchanged at 64, however there are many other changes. The texture mapping units have been increased from 128 to 160. The new card features 8GB of GDDR5X VRAM versus 4GB GDDR5 VRAM. The CUDA core count is now 2560 versus 2048. All of this while having power requirements that are far lower than the previous card.

New features:

  • CUDA Compute Capability 6.0(GP100 only), 6.1(GP104)
  • DisplayPort 1.4
  • HDMI 2.0b
  • Fourth generation Delta Color Compression
  • Half precision FP16 operations executed at twice the rate of FP32 (GP100 only), while FP64 operations run at 1/2(GP100 only) or 1/32 the speed respectively
  • PureVideo Feature Set G hardware video decoding HEVC Main10(10bit), Main12(12bit) & VP9 hardware decoding(GM200 & GM204 did not support HEVC Main10/Main12 & VP9 hardware decoding)
  • HDCP 2.2 support for 4K DRM protected content playback & streaming(Maxwell GM200 & GM204 lack HDCP 2.2 support, GM206 supports HDCP 2.2)
  • NVENC HEVC Main10 10bit hardware encoding
  • GPU Boost 3.0
  • Simultaneous Multi-Projection
  • HB SLI Bridge Technology
  • New memory controller with GDDR5X & GDDR5 support

All this sounds like a recipe for a good time.

EVGA’s take on the GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition

NVIDIA’s new flagship GeForce GTX 1080 is the most advanced gaming GPU ever created. Powered by the new NVIDIA Pascal™ architecture, this breakthrough GPU delivers industry-leading performance, innovative new gaming technologies, and immersive, next-gen VR.


The GeForce GTX 1080 is a quantum leap in performance and power efficiency. It’s built using ultra-fast FinFET and high-bandwidth GDDR5X technologies, and supports DirectX 12 features for the fastest, smoothest, most power-efficient gaming experiences.


GeForce GTX 1080 uses the power of Pascal to meet the demands of the latest displays, including VR, ultra-high-resolution, and multiple monitors. It features NVIDIA GameWorks™ technologies for smooth gameplay and cinematic experiences, as well as revolutionary 360-degree image capture—even in VR.


Discover next-generation VR performance, the lowest latency, and plug-and-play compatibility with leading headsets—driven by NVIDIA VRWorks™ technologies. VR audio, physics, and haptics let you hear and feel every moment.


The new GeForce GTX 1080 is meticulously crafted to offer superior heat dissipation using an advanced vapor chamber and premium materials, so it runs as cool as it looks.


Experience game-changing performance and power efficiency in every game.


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