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What Gaming Critics Are Saying About The Greatest Graphics Cards Ever
Meet Nvidia's new beasts, the GeForce GTX 1080 and the Geforce GTX 1070
by Mark Coles | Jun 2, 2016
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Graphics processing unit designer Nvidia has been busy these couple of days. On March 27th, they officially released the GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card, and on June 10, they’ll be releasing its brother, the Geforce GTX 1070. A lot of critics have had early access to these cards, and their reviews of it have been nothing but spectacular.

The two cards are part of the new “Pascal” architecture series which are more power efficient and promises a huge leap in terms of performance. In terms of specifications alone, the two cards clearly outmatch the GTX Titan, NVIDIA’s current flagship graphics card.

Here are their specs:

GTX 1070
- CUDA Cores: 1920
- Core Clock: 1506MHz
- Boost Clock: 1683MHz
- VRAM: 8GB GDDR5
- TFLOP: 6.5
- Memory Clock: 8 Gbps
- Memory Bus Width: 256-bit
- TDP: 150W
- Transistors: 7.2b
- Manufacturing process: TSMC 16nm

GTX 1080
- CUDA Cores: 2560
- Core Clock: 1607MHz
- Boost Clock: 1733MHz
- VRAM: 8GB GDDR5X
- TFLOP: 9
- Memory Clock: 10Gbps
- Memory Bus Width: 256-bit
- TDP: 180W
- Transistors: 7.2b
- Manufacturing process: TSMC 16nm

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As both cards will be running on the same Pascal architecture, we're guessing that there won't be a lot of difference between the two cards. If anything, the GTX 1080 might be more poised toward virtual reality (VR).

Now bear with us now as we going talk gaming technology.

To boost performance and efficiency, Nvidia has moved on from its previous architecture, Maxwell, and introduced a new one called Pascal. The key feature of Pascal is that it uses a smaller manufacturing process, which means a greater number of transistors on any given piece of silicon.

Doing so increases performance with a much smaller effect on power consumption which leads to less heat and noise, which is obviously an important feature in PC gaming since we can play on for days hours.

Also, their high memory bandwidth leads to more capacity for graphical data to be processed and that all of that data can move at a higher speed. With their advanced specs, playing on the highest quality available would be just a cinch for them.

Check out how gaming critics are just in awe of their capabilities:

Forbes: “[T]he GTX 1080 isn’t just an iterative improvement that makes you question whether or not the price-to-performance ratio justifies a purchase... It’s one hell of a part, and an astounding generational leap forward.”

NeoSeeker: “The beast offers insane levels of performance, even when compared to cards that are at the top of the food chain of the previous generation... Those who usually go for the latest and greatest will want this card.”

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PCWorld: “The GeForce GTX 1070 delivers Titan X-level performance for $380 and that’s amazing—full stop. The people have a new champion. Don’t hesitate to buy one immediately if you’re looking for the ultimate 1440p gaming experience.”

Gamespot: “Like the Titan X and GTX 1080 before it, the GTX 1070 is overkill for 1080p gaming, unless you’re running a really high refresh rate monitor. Also like the GTX 1080, it will be able to max out all 1440p games with playable framerates as well.”

If there is a downside to them, we're pretty sure that it's the prices. The NVIDIA GTX 1080 will sell for $599 (approximate P28,000) while the GTX 1070 will be at $379 (approximately P18,000) when it launches on June 10.

But based on the reviews above, it seems that they’re worth every penny.

 

Photos from geforce.com

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