NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card is now officially available. You are able to pick it up in two flavors, the “Founders Edition” which essentially is the reference version of the card and then you have various custom-designed cards. The Founders Edition will be $699 while custom-designed cards will start at $599. You should expect most custom-designed cards to be between $599 and $699 with some going above that. That makes the GTX 1080 the most expensive performance segment SKU to date.
Based on the 16 nm GP104 silicon, powered by the “Pascal” GPU architecture, the GeForce GTX 1080 features 2,560 CUDA cores, 160 TMUs, 64 ROPs, and a 256-bit wide GDDR5X memory interface, holding 8 GB of memory. With its TDP rated at 180W, the reference design card draws power from a single 8-pin PCIe power connector. The GPU is clocked at 1607 MHz, with 1733 MHz maximum GPU Boost, and 10 GHz (effective) memory, working out to a memory bandwidth of 320 GB/s. The card supports modern APIs such as DirectX 12 (feature-level 12_1), Vulkan, and OpenGL.