After weeks, if not months of rumours and false predictions, the announcement was finally made. NVIDIA finally revealed the much-awaited Pascal-based NVIDIA GeForce 1080.
What the rumours got correct was the new name of the card. What they missed was the launch date, which NVIDIA kept close to its hearts until CEO Jen-Hsun Huang made the announcement at a specially-gathered press event in Austin on Friday evening (Saturday morning Singapore time).
According to Huang, NVIDIA spent billions in research and development of Pascal and the new GPU.
Based on the new Pascal architecture, the GTX 1080 is faster than two GTX 980s in SLI mode and the Titan X — that’s very fast — and consumes much less power.
There’s a Founder’s Edition, which got the Internet all abuzz. Essentially, this is likely to be the more fanciful name for what was previously called “reference card”.
The good news is that the GeForce GTX 1080 will be available for US$599 from May 27 with the less powerful sibling, the GeForce GTX 1070, available for US$379 from June 10.
NVIDIA has certainly scored a perfect 10 with not just the new flagship card but also the timing of the launch.